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XElement.Explicit Operator

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

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