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XElement Explicit Conversion (XElement to String)

Cast the value of this XElement to a String.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

public static explicit operator string (
	XElement element
)

Parameters

element
Type: System.Xml.Linq.XElement
The XElement to cast to String.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String that contains the content of this XElement.

If the XElement has children, the concatenated string value of all of the element's text and descendant's text is returned.

The following example creates an element with string content. It then retrieves the value by casting to String.

XElement root = XElement.Parse("<Root>abc <b>def </b>ghi</Root>");
Console.WriteLine("(string)root={0}", (string)root);

This example produces the following output:

(string)root=abc def ghi

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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