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How to display the column values when column name contains special characters?

Platform: WPF |
Control: SfDataGrid |
.NET Framework: 4.5
Tags: columns

In the SfDataGrid, when special characters are used in the Column.MappingName for DataTable Collection, it results in binding error and the specific column value is not displayed in that column.

In the following code example, the column name contains special character, (“.”) fullstop. So, this column name is interrupted by binding path parser. The System.Windows.Data Error: 40 : BindingExpression path error: 'Na' property not found on 'object' ''DataRowView' (HashCode=9585198)'. BindingExpression:Path=Na.me; DataItem='DataRowView' (HashCode=9585198); target element is 'TextBlock' (Name=''); target property is 'Text' (type 'String')error is caused in the application since these special characters have meaning in binding path, including full stop (“.”), slash (“/”), and so on.






You can overcome this issue by wrapping the binding path with square brackets in the Column.DisplayBinding. To display the value in edit mode, you need to do the same for the Column.ValueBinding.



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Somanna Chottekalapanda
Mar 01, 2018


I know this a very old article. Could you let me know if there is workaround when we are binding a data table to the grid and use AutoGenerateColumns="True"?


Ed Hammar
Nov 28, 2020

And how do we do this when we are programmatically adding columns from code?


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