I have a list in which one column is of type Rich text box. I am using a console application which reads this list's item and replace a substring for example RichTextColumn contains value [subtext] then

string mytext=item["RichTextColumn"].toString();

The above code work fine , but when Rich Text column has { or } then the code fails for example if RichTextColumn contains value {subtext} then below can't find it


On debugging I found mytext contains ANSI code for curly braces(&#123) instead of {

Please help me out me to resolve this issue.


SharePoint stores some of the Rich Text characters in ANSI format

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You can decode the string before applying the Replace function as below

mytext = System.Web.HttpUtility.HtmlDecode(mytext);
  • Do you have a source for that image of the table? If so, please share it in your post Nov 9 '14 at 18:40
  • @RobertLindgren I have added the link to image. Nov 9 '14 at 18:49
  • Great, thanks! It's allways nice to give credit to creators Nov 9 '14 at 18:53

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