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XPathNavigator.SetValue Method

Sets the value of the current node.

Namespace:  System.Xml.XPath
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public virtual void SetValue(
	string value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.String

The new value of the node.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The value parameter is null.

InvalidOperationException

The XPathNavigator is positioned on the root node, a namespace node, or the specified value is invalid.

NotSupportedException

The XPathNavigator does not support editing.

  • If the XPathNavigator is positioned on an element node with complex content (child elements), calling the SetValue method replaces the child elements with a text node containing the new string value.

  • The SetValue method cannot update the root node or namespace nodes.

In the following example, the SetValue method is used to update all price elements in the contosoBooks.xml file using the XmlNamespaceManager object to resolve namespace prefixes in the XPath expression.

XmlDocument document = new XmlDocument();
document.Load("contosoBooks.xml");
XPathNavigator navigator = document.CreateNavigator();

XmlNamespaceManager manager = new XmlNamespaceManager(navigator.NameTable);
manager.AddNamespace("bk", "http://www.contoso.com/books");

foreach (XPathNavigator nav in navigator.Select("//bk:price", manager))
{
    if (nav.Value == "11.99")
    {
        nav.SetValue("12.99");
    }
}

Console.WriteLine(navigator.OuterXml);

The example takes the contosoBooks.xml file as an input.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<bookstore xmlns="http://www.contoso.com/books">
    <book genre="autobiography" publicationdate="1981-03-22" ISBN="1-861003-11-0">
        <title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Benjamin</first-name>
            <last-name>Franklin</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>8.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="novel" publicationdate="1967-11-17" ISBN="0-201-63361-2">
        <title>The Confidence Man</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Herman</first-name>
            <last-name>Melville</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>11.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="philosophy" publicationdate="1991-02-15" ISBN="1-861001-57-6">
        <title>The Gorgias</title>
        <author>
            <name>Plato</name>
        </author>
        <price>9.99</price>
    </book>
</bookstore>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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