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XmlDocument.CreateElement Method (String)

Creates an element with the specified name.

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

public XmlElement CreateElement(
	string name
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The qualified name of the element. If the name contains a colon then the Prefix property reflects the part of the name preceding the colon and the LocalName property reflects the part of the name after the colon. The qualified name cannot include a prefix of'xmlns'.

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlElement
The new XmlElement.

Note that the instance returned implements the XmlElement interface, so default attributes would be created directly on the returned object.

Although this method creates the new object in the context of the document, it does not automatically add the new object to the document tree. To add the new object, you must explicitly call one of the node insert methods.

According to the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 recommendation (www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210), Element nodes are allowed within Document and Element nodes, and in EntityReference nodes when the EntityReference node is not a child of an Attribute node.

The following example creates a new element and adds it to the document.

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

public class Sample
{
  public static void Main()
  {
    //Create the XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.LoadXml("<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +
                "</book>");

    //Create a new node and add it to the document. 
    //The text node is the content of the price element.
    XmlElement elem = doc.CreateElement("price");
    XmlText text = doc.CreateTextNode("19.95");
    doc.DocumentElement.AppendChild(elem);
    doc.DocumentElement.LastChild.AppendChild(text);

    Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...");
    doc.Save(Console.Out);

  }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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