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XmlDocument.DocumentElement Property

Gets the root XmlElement for the document.

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

public XmlElement DocumentElement { get; }
/** @property */
public XmlElement get_DocumentElement ()

public function get DocumentElement () : XmlElement

Property Value

The XmlElement that represents the root of the XML document tree. If no root exists, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is returned.

The following example displays the root element of the XML 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("<?xml version='1.0' ?>" +
                "<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +
                "</book>");

    //Display the document element.
    Console.WriteLine(doc.DocumentElement.OuterXml);
 }
}

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;
import System.Xml.*;

public class Sample
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        //Create the XmlDocument.
        XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
        doc.LoadXml("<?xml version='1.0' ?>"
                    + "<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>"
                    + "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>"
                    + "</book>");

        //Display the document element.
        Console.WriteLine(doc.get_DocumentElement().get_OuterXml());
    } //main
} //Sample

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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