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DataBinder.Eval function

I am creating a blog and I need to preserve white space for user comment. So I need to put <pre> tag around the comment content. In ASP.NET, I could do it in the ItemDataBound function and then use the FindControl function and append <pre> tags to the text property of the label. But there is a much better and easier way. Use the DataBinder.Eval function like below

<asp:Label ID=”CommentLabel” runat=”server” Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem,”comment_content”,”<pre>{0}</pre>”) %>’></asp:Label>

In my case, the “comment_content” is the name of the field in my table that contains the user htmlencoded content.