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Displaying Formatted XML in an ASP.net Razor Web Page

Filed under: .NET, ASP.NET MVC, VB.NET — Tags: , , , — vbmagic @ 4:10 pm

A quick post for those looking to display a formatted XML document on an ASP.net Razor web page. The following code is in the controller and used to create the string to get passed through to the view. This example is based on displaying the information pulled from the Azure Management API as mentioned in previous blogs. The data is stored in a SQL Server database.

    Function ShowRawXML(serviceOperationId As String, subscriptionName As String) As ActionResult
        Dim model As New ShowRawXMLViewModel

        Dim op = (From o In _db.ServiceOperations
                  Where o.ServiceOperationId = serviceOperationId And o.Subscription.FriendlyName = subscriptionName
                  Select o).Single

        model.RawXML = vbCr & Server.HtmlEncode(op.RawXML)
        model.SubscriptionName = subscriptionName
        model.SubscriptionID = op.Subscription.SubscriptionID
        model.ServiceOperationID = serviceOperationId
        model.ServiceOperationType = op.Type.Name

        Return View(model)
    End Function

In the view, we are going to use the @Html.Raw function so we used the Server.HtmlEncode function to make it safe to display in HTML. Next we get to the razor view…

@ModelType AzureManager.Domain.ShowRawXMLViewModel

    ViewData("Title") = "ShowRawXML"
End Code

<h2>Subscription ID [@Model.SubscriptionID] @Model.SubscriptionName</h2>

<h3>Show Raw XML for Service Operation @Model.ServiceOperationID</h3>
<h3>Operation Type: @Model.ServiceOperationType</h3>


    @Html.ActionLink("Back to List", "ServiceOperations", New With {.Id = Model.SubscriptionName})

Here you notice we display the raw XML inside a <pre></pre> tag. This will preserve the white space in the string. More information on this here: HTML <pre> Tag

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