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XmlTextReader.XmlSpace Property

Gets the current xml:space scope.

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

public override XmlSpace XmlSpace { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlSpace
One of the XmlSpace values. If no xml:space scope exists, this property defaults to XmlSpace.None.


Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, we recommend that you create XmlReader instances by using the XmlReader.Create method to take advantage of new functionality.

The following example parses a file and returns significant white space if an xml:space='preserve' scope is found.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample{

  public static void Main(){

     XmlTextReader reader = new XmlTextReader("authors.xml");
     reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None;

     // Parse the file.  Return white space only if an 
     // xml:space='preserve' attribute is found. 
     while (reader.Read()){
       switch (reader.NodeType){
         case XmlNodeType.Element:
           Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name);
           if (reader.XmlSpace==XmlSpace.Preserve)
         case XmlNodeType.Text:
         case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
           Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name);
         case XmlNodeType.SignificantWhitespace:

The example uses the file, authors.xml, as input.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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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