WebBrowser - Rendering HTML in Silverlight

In previous versions of Silverlight if you needed to display some HTML in your application you would either need to use a control to convert the HTML to XAML such as our RichTextBlock control or you would render an actual HTML element over your Silverlight application.

Now in Silverlight 4 we have the new WebBrowser control.  This simple but powerful control allows you to display HTML, either by providing a URL or direct HTML content.

Some HTML in a Silverlight application

In this simple example we define a single WebBrowser control and in C# we add some static HTML:

<UserControl x:Class="WebBrowser.MainPage"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
    mc:Ignorable="d"
    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400">

    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <Border Width="300" Height="200" BorderBrush="#000000" BorderThickness="2" CornerRadius="5">
            <WebBrowser x:Name="webBrowser" />
        </Border>
    </Grid>
</UserControl>


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace WebBrowser
{
    public partial class MainPage : UserControl
    {
        public MainPage()
        {
            InitializeComponent();

            webBrowser.NavigateToString("<h1>Rendering HTML in Silverlight</h1><p>This is some <strong>simple HTML</strong>!</p>");
        }
    }
}


The NavigateToString method does the work here.  To display HTML in the WebBrowser control you pass a string of HTML to this method.  Alternatively you can call the Navigate method, this method simply takes a URL and displays it in your Silverlight application.

How to cretae the app in windoes based in asp.net or silcerlight,vb,net

ashish wrote:

This is not workig for me. webBrowser.Navigate(new Uri("http://www.vectorlight.net"));


I am using Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4. The OOB is not loading anything for this ? Can anyone please help ?

Paul wrote:

FYI - WebBrowser requires the Silverlight application be run in out of browser mode


 ... otherwise, in-browser mode showing HTML gets more complicated: have to float the HTML over the Silverlight in windowless mode or use the HTML bridge.

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How to cretae the app in windoes based in asp.net or silcerlight,vb,net

ashish wrote:

This is not workig for me. webBrowser.Navigate(new Uri("http://www.vectorlight.net"));


I am using Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4. The OOB is not loading anything for this ? Can anyone please help ?

Paul wrote:

FYI - WebBrowser requires the Silverlight application be run in out of browser mode


 ... otherwise, in-browser mode showing HTML gets more complicated: have to float the HTML over the Silverlight in windowless mode or use the HTML bridge.

Post your Comments

 
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