How to remove accents in .NET easily

This code shows you how to remove accents in .NET without effort.

string text = "áóéíóúãõâêîôûç";
byte[] bytes = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("Cyrillic").GetBytes(text);
string removedAccents = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bytes);

Nice, huh? By using that method you don’t need to create a bunch of regular expressions and worry about every possible accent you have to remove.

How to highlight the link of the current page

A few days ago, the owner of the website i was building ask me to highlight the menu link of the paging the user was visiting at the moment.

Ok. My first solution was the following: inserted a class attribute with the page name, loop through all the links comparing the page name with the class name and highlight it if the condition was true.

It worked, but a better idea came up.

Here’s the code i ended up with:

#menu .<%= Request.Path.Substring(Request.ApplicationPath.Length+1).ToLower().Replace(".aspx", "") %> {
            font-weight: bold;

Here I create a CSS class with the page name that makes the link bold. Therefore, if the page I’m visiting is the Home.aspx, the application will create a class .home which will highlight my link containing the class attribute as “home”. If you want, you can even add the class at the server-side code then you don’t have to worry about the aspx page.

Additionaly, an easy way of separating the links by pipe, is use the CSS bellow:

.home, .profile, .contact {
     padding: 0 10px;
     border-right: 1px solid #FFF;