[c#] Encoding parameters for a URL



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Try to use the UrlPathEncode() method. View the remarks at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/h10z5byc.aspx

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You can encode a URL using with the UrlEncode() method or the UrlPathEncode() method. However, the methods return different results. The UrlEncode() method converts each space character to a plus character (+). The UrlPathEncode() method converts each space character into the string "%20", which represents a space in hexadecimal notation. Use the UrlPathEncode() method when you encode the path portion of a URL in order to guarantee a consistent decoded URL, regardless of which platform or browser performs the decoding.

Question

I have a Silverlight application that is building a URL. This URL is a call to a REST-based service. This service expects a single parameter that represents a location. The location is in the form of "city, state". To build this URL, I'm calling the following code:

string url = "http://www.domain.com/myService.svc/";
url += HttpUtility.UrlEncode(locationTextBox.Text);

If a user enters "chicago, il" into locationTextBox, the result looks like this:

http://www.domain.com/myService.svc/chicago%2c+il

In reality though, I was kind of expecting the URL to look like;

http://www.domain.com/myService.svc/chicago,%20il

When testing my service via the browser URL, the one I am expecting works. However, the url that is being generated is not working. What am I doing wrong?






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