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XContainer.Descendants Method

Returns a collection of the descendant elements for this document or element, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XElement> Descendants()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XElement>
An IEnumerable<T> of XElement containing the descendant elements of the XContainer.

Note that this method will not return itself in the resulting IEnumerable<T>. See DescendantsAndSelf if you need to include the current XElement in the results.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree, and then uses this axis method to retrieve the descendants.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XAttribute("Att1", "AttributeContent"),
    new XElement("Child",
        new XText("Some text"),
        new XElement("GrandChild", "element content")
    )
);
IEnumerable<XElement> de =
    from el in xmlTree.Descendants()
    select el;
foreach (XElement el in de)
    Console.WriteLine(el.Name);

This example produces the following output:

Child
GrandChild

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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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