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Can you help me regarding adding emoticons to our chat application.

please provide me the code for adding smileys to my website in c#.

sonam vij
Kenneth Haugland 28-Sep-12 4:00am
I.explore.code 28-Sep-12 4:13am
or GIF animations??
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Solution 1

You need to write some type of text parser!

Here is a brief example:

public class EmoticonRender()

  private List<keyvaluepair<string,string>> _dictionary = new List<keyvaluepair<string,string>>() 
    new KeyValuePair<string,>(":-)", "smile.png"),
    new KeyValuePair<string,>(";-(", "cry.png")

  public string Parse(string text)
    foreach(KeyValuePair<string,> kvp in _dictionary)
      text = text.Replace(kvp.Key, "<img src="\""" kvp.value="" />");
    return text;


The class looks the the text representation of the emoticons and replaces them with the HTML required to render the images.

Usage is simple:

string text = "hello :-) don't be sad ;-(";
EmoticonRender parser = new EmoticonRender();
string parsedText = parser.Parse(text); 
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Solution 3

hello sonam, for your solution you could go-through the link "" and for live demo (which using jquery for smiley) use link "".....
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Solution 4

If you want selectable text with inserted emoticon images, I think you have 3 relatively simple options:

1. Use a WebBrowser instead of a TextBox and create html from your text+images.
2. Use a RichTextBox instead of a TextBox and insert your images into the RTF.
3. Buy a third party advanced TextBox-ish control which offers the ability to override the drawing event.

Or try : Inserting Plain Text and Images into RichTextBox at Runtime[^].


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