Issue reading text from HTML page RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All, I am reading some string from html file the string is appearing as 2x2 s in html. I understand that this contain non breaking space . But after reading them in C# app . How do i check if string contain &nbsp or not. I had tried couple of way but they didn't worked. They even are not able to detect that string has   .But if i am comparing  2x2 s with the string which i had received from html 2x2 s.The comparison is failing here .Any idea?

           strText = Regex.Replace(strText, "\u00A0", " ");


    Rupesh Shukla

    Monday, December 31, 2018 4:39 AM

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  • Have you tried “\u00A0” instead of “\\u00A0”?

    Monday, December 31, 2018 6:48 AM
  • Have you tried “\u00A0” instead of “\\u00A0”?

    Hi Viorel, Thanks for reply . Yes i had tried "\u00A0" & also @" \u00A0" but none of them are working.


    Rupesh Shukla

    Monday, December 31, 2018 3:23 PM
  • How do you read HTML from page? You can use HtmlAgilityPack which loads page into DOM (XML). I think there could be &nbsp found.
    Monday, December 31, 2018 4:00 PM
  • Then investigate the real contents of the strings. Put some breakpoints, and type into Watch window: strText.ToCharArray(). Expand the array to see the codes and letters. If you see the Evaluate button (‘’), then click it. Check the codes that appear after “2x2”.

    Monday, December 31, 2018 4:56 PM
  • Hi Viorel,

                That also didn't worked . Then when i had tried checking different encoding on both the text and encoded in ANSI then i can see one of the text is showing some different letter but that is appearing as space only.


    Rupesh Shukla

    Monday, December 31, 2018 9:32 PM
  • Can you provide the url and text you want to extract.
    Monday, December 31, 2018 9:39 PM
  • If you are reading the actual HTML, then the non-breaking spaces will appear as the six-character string " ".  As in, "if(strText.Contains(" ") )".  The U+00A0 character is only going to appear in the rendered output, not in the HTML.

    Tim Roberts | Driver MVP Emeritus | Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:24 PM
  • If I was doing this I would use Selenium and use XPath to extract the text I'm interested in.  It can extract only text.  C# supports Selenium.  You can open a file or a url.

    • Edited by mogulman52 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 10:25 PM
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 10:17 PM
  • Hi Pintu Shukla,

    Is there any update? do you resolve the issue?

    Best regards,


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    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 1:36 AM