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Detect Encoding for In- and Outgoing Text

, 27 Oct 2009
Detect the encoding of a text without BOM (Byte Order Mask) and choose the best Encoding for persistence or network transport of text
namespace EncodingTest
{
    partial class Form1
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;

        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }

        #region Windows Form Designer generated code

        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
            System.Windows.Forms.Label label1;
            System.ComponentModel.ComponentResourceManager resources = new System.ComponentModel.ComponentResourceManager(typeof(Form1));
            this.listView1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListView();
            this.columnHeader1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader();
            this.columnHeader2 = new System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader();
            this.columnHeader3 = new System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader();
            this.columnHeader4 = new System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader();
            this.imageList1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ImageList(this.components);
            this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.testText = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
            label1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // label1
            // 
            label1.AutoSize = true;
            label1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(3, 9);
            label1.Name = "label1";
            label1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(73, 13);
            label1.TabIndex = 4;
            label1.Text = "Text to detect";
            // 
            // listView1
            // 
            this.listView1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)((((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom)
                        | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left)
                        | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.listView1.Columns.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader[] {
            this.columnHeader1,
            this.columnHeader2,
            this.columnHeader3,
            this.columnHeader4});
            this.listView1.FullRowSelect = true;
            this.listView1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(6, 52);
            this.listView1.Name = "listView1";
            this.listView1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(554, 254);
            this.listView1.SmallImageList = this.imageList1;
            this.listView1.StateImageList = this.imageList1;
            this.listView1.TabIndex = 5;
            this.listView1.UseCompatibleStateImageBehavior = false;
            this.listView1.View = System.Windows.Forms.View.Details;
            this.listView1.DoubleClick += new System.EventHandler(this.listView1_DoubleClick);
            // 
            // columnHeader1
            // 
            this.columnHeader1.Text = "Name";
            this.columnHeader1.Width = 180;
            // 
            // columnHeader2
            // 
            this.columnHeader2.Text = "CodePage";
            this.columnHeader2.TextAlign = System.Windows.Forms.HorizontalAlignment.Right;
            this.columnHeader2.Width = 90;
            // 
            // columnHeader3
            // 
            this.columnHeader3.Text = "Body Name";
            this.columnHeader3.Width = 125;
            // 
            // columnHeader4
            // 
            this.columnHeader4.Text = "Encoded Size";
            this.columnHeader4.TextAlign = System.Windows.Forms.HorizontalAlignment.Right;
            this.columnHeader4.Width = 90;
            // 
            // imageList1
            // 
            this.imageList1.ImageStream = ((System.Windows.Forms.ImageListStreamer)(resources.GetObject("imageList1.ImageStream")));
            this.imageList1.TransparentColor = System.Drawing.Color.Transparent;
            this.imageList1.Images.SetKeyName(0, "text");
            this.imageList1.Images.SetKeyName(1, "text_ok");
            this.imageList1.Images.SetKeyName(2, "mail");
            // 
            // button1
            // 
            this.button1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(482, 23);
            this.button1.Name = "button1";
            this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(75, 23);
            this.button1.TabIndex = 1;
            this.button1.Text = "Test";
            this.button1.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button1_Click);
            // 
            // testText
            // 
            this.testText.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)(((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left)
                        | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.testText.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(6, 25);
            this.testText.Name = "testText";
            this.testText.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(470, 20);
            this.testText.TabIndex = 0;
            // 
            // Form1
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(572, 318);
            this.Controls.Add(label1);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button1);
            this.Controls.Add(this.testText);
            this.Controls.Add(this.listView1);
            this.Name = "Form1";
            this.Text = "Detect Encoding Test";
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.PerformLayout();

        }

        #endregion

        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox testText;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListView listView1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader columnHeader1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader columnHeader2;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader columnHeader3;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ImageList imageList1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ColumnHeader columnHeader4;
    }
}

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Carsten Zeumer
Software Developer (Senior)
Germany Germany
Carsten started programming Basic and Assembler back in the 80’s when he got his first C64. After switching to a x86 based system he started programming in Pascal and C. He started Windows programming with the arrival of Windows 3.0. After working for various internet companies developing a linguistic text analysis and classification software for 25hours communications he is now working as a contractor.
 
Carsten lives in Hamburg, Germany with his wife and five children.

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