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XmlDocument.GetElementsByTagName Method (String)

Returns an XmlNodeList containing a list of all descendant elements that match the specified Name.

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

public virtual XmlNodeList GetElementsByTagName(
	string name
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The qualified name to match. It is matched against the Name property of the matching node. The special value "*" matches all tags.

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlNodeList
An XmlNodeList containing a list of all matching nodes. If no nodes match name, the returned collection will be empty.

The nodes are placed in the order in which they would be encountered in the document.

NoteNote:

It is recommended that you use the XmlNode.SelectNodes or XmlNode.SelectSingleNode method instead of the GetElementsByTagName method.

The following example creates a XmlDocument object and uses the GetElmentsByTagName method and the resulting XmlNodeList object to display all the book titles.

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

public class Sample
{
  public static void Main()
  {
    //Create the XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.Load("books.xml");

    //Display all the book titles.
    XmlNodeList elemList = doc.GetElementsByTagName("title");
    for (int i=0; i < elemList.Count; i++)
    {   
      Console.WriteLine(elemList[i].InnerXml);
    }  

  }
}
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;

int main()
{
    //Create the XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument* doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc->Load(S"books.xml");

    //Display all the book titles.
    XmlNodeList* elemList = doc->GetElementsByTagName(S"title");
    for (int i=0; i < elemList->Count; i++)
    {   
      Console::WriteLine(elemList->ItemOf[i]->InnerXml);
    }  
}

The example uses the books.xml file as input.

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!-- This file represents a fragment of a book store inventory database -->
<bookstore>
  <book genre="autobiography" publicationdate="1981" ISBN="1-861003-11-0">
    <title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>
    <author>
      <first-name>Benjamin</first-name>
      <last-name>Franklin</last-name>
    </author>
    <price>8.99</price>
  </book>
  <book genre="novel" publicationdate="1967" ISBN="0-201-63361-2">
    <title>The Confidence Man</title>
    <author>
      <first-name>Herman</first-name>
      <last-name>Melville</last-name>
    </author>
    <price>11.99</price>
  </book>
  <book genre="philosophy" publicationdate="1991" ISBN="1-861001-57-6">
    <title>The Gorgias</title>
    <author>
      <name>Plato</name>
    </author>
    <price>9.99</price>
  </book>
</bookstore>

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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, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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