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XmlNode.ParentNode Property

Gets the parent of this node (for nodes that can have parents).

Namespace:  System.Xml
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)
public virtual XmlNode ParentNode { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlNode
The XmlNode that is the parent of the current node. If a node has just been created and not yet added to the tree, or if it has been removed from the tree, the parent is null. For all other nodes, the value returned depends on the NodeType of the node. The following table describes the possible return values for the ParentNode property.

NodeType

Return Value of ParentNode

Attribute, Document, DocumentFragment, Entity, Notation

Returns null; these nodes do not have parents.

CDATA

Returns the element or entity reference containing the CDATA section.

Comment

Returns the element, entity reference, document type, or document containing the comment.

DocumentType

Returns the document node.

Element

Returns the parent node of the element. If the element is the root node in the tree, the parent is the document node.

EntityReference

Returns the element, attribute, or entity reference containing the entity reference.

ProcessingInstruction

Returns the document, element, document type, or entity reference containing the processing instruction.

Text

Returns the parent element, attribute, or entity reference containing the text node.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, 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, 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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