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    I just started at a new job as a senior .NET developer, and have run into a very puzzling issue with the package System.Text.Encodings.Web.

    The project is in .NET Framework 4.6.1

    The package is showing in the NUGET PACKAGE MANAGER as Installed version 4.5.0, however, the using statement in a .CS file that is trying to use the HtmlEncoder is showing an error with the error text "The type or namespace 'Encodings' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Text'. Are you missing an assembly reference?"

    It also says after trying to build, another error, "The type HtmlEncoder is defined in an assembly that is not referenced, You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Text.Encodings.Web, version=4.0.3, Culture=neutral, and then a public key token after that."

    I tried several different things but none of them worked.

  • #2
    Haven't touched visual studio for a while. It looks to me that you are referencing the wrong binary for system.text. In visual studio, check your references, remove the entry for system.text and then add a reference to the assembly that you have.

    good luck.


    • #3
      Wow... this is old, but I suppose since there never seemed to be "closure"....

      I've seen this before. NPM is telling you that the version installed is 4.5.0 but that the project is requiring version 4.0.3.

      You need to "downgrade" the installed version to match what the project has for a requirement. You can do that through NuGet Package Manager.


      • #4
        It seems like you are encountering version compatibility issues with the System.Text.Encodings.Web package in your .NET Framework 4.6.1 project. The error messages indicate that the compiler is expecting a specific version of the assembly, but the installed version is different.

        To resolve this issue, you can try the following steps:
        1. Check .NET Framework Version: Ensure that your project is indeed targeting .NET Framework 4.6.1. Sometimes, projects might accidentally be set to an older version, causing compatibility issues. Right-click on your project in Visual Studio, go to "Properties," and under the "Application" tab, verify that the Target Framework is set to ".NET Framework 4.6.1."
        2. Update Package Version: The error message mentions that the installed version of System.Text.Encodings.Web is 4.5.0, but the code expects version 4.0.3. You can try updating the package to the required version by using the Package Manager Console. Open the Package Manager Console and type the following command:
          Update-Package System.Text.Encodings.Web -Version 4.0.3
          This will update the package to the specified version.
        3. Clean and Rebuild: After updating the package, clean your solution and rebuild it. This ensures that all references are updated and any cached data is cleared.
        4. Check Other Package Dependencies: Ensure that there are no other packages in your project that depend on System.Text.Encodings.Web and might be causing version conflicts. You can review the dependencies in the "Packages.config" file or the "PackageReference" section of your project file (if you are using PackageReference).
        5. Check Assembly Reference: If the issue persists, you can try adding the assembly reference manually. Right-click on the project in Solution Explorer, choose "Add Reference," and navigate to the "Assemblies" tab. Look for "System.Text.Encodings.Web" and make sure to select the correct version (4.0.3). Click "OK" to add the reference.
        6. Verify Package Integrity: Sometimes, NuGet packages can become corrupted. To ensure that the installed package is not corrupted, you can delete the package from the "packages" folder in your solution directory and then reinstall it using the Package Manager Console:
          Update-Package -reinstall System.Text.Encodings.Web
        7. Consider Migrating to .NET Core: If possible, consider migrating your project to .NET Core or .NET 5+ as these versions provide better package management and avoid some of the versioning issues present in .NET Framework.

        If you've tried all these steps and are still facing issues, it's possible that there might be other factors causing the problem. In such cases, it's best to seek help from your team or consult with other experienced .NET developers who might be able to spot the issue more specifically.
        Vipul Gupta
        Senior Consultant
        Taazaa Inc, Custom Software Development Company