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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
Assemblies:   System.Xml.XDocument (in System.Xml.XDocument.dll)
  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: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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