HyperLinkField doesn't have methods like
UrlEncode etc. But, it's quite normal when you have to do a "URL encode" processing for a hyperlink's parameter. Such as a person name may contain special characters like '&', etc. For eastern developers in China, Japan, or Korea, this will be more familiar.
Some of us hope Microsoft will add such a commonly-used feature in the next version of the .NET Framework. But it's still a problem in .NET 3.x till now. We learned from a feedback report from Microsoft that Microsoft will do no modification on this due to its policy on backwards compatibility between versions of the .NET Framework. Till now, the popular way to solve this problem is to convert the
HyperLinkField into a
TemplateField and to use the
HttpUtility.UrlEncode method to solve it by hand. Because this conversion is not reversible, it may introduce some inconveniences when you have to do some minor modifications.
Using the Code
The following code gives you another choice, avoiding conversion into a
TemplateField and hacking for the
UrlEncode feature of the
public static void HyperLinkFieldUrlEncodeHack(GridView gridView)
if (gridView == null)
gridView.RowDataBound += delegate(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
if (e.Row.RowType != DataControlRowType.DataRow)
for (int i = 0; i < gridView.Columns.Count; i++)
DataControlField field = gridView.Columns[i];
if (field is HyperLinkField)
TableCell td = e.Row.Cells[i];
if (td.Controls.Count > 0 && td.Controls is HyperLink)
HyperLink hyperLink = (HyperLink)td.Controls;
HyperLinkField hyperLinkField = (HyperLinkField)field;
string dataUrlFields =
for (int j = 0; j < dataUrlFields.Length; j++)
object obj = DataBinder.Eval(e.Row.DataItem,
dataUrlFields[j] = HttpUtility.UrlEncode(
(obj == null ? "" : obj.ToString()));
hyperLink.NavigateUrl = String.Format(
You may simply call this method and pass the
GridView, which includes the
HyperLinkField which needs the URL Encode hacking, as the parameter. It'll be OK! Quite simple, isn't it?
Points of Interest
Just like the guys who left comments after the post, I also opposite Microsoft's strict backwards compatibility policy. While different versions of .NET applications can run side-by-side, why give so much attention to it? That is just my opinion.
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