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XmlNodeReader.ReadAttributeValue Method

Parses the attribute value into one or more Text, EntityReference, or EndEntity nodes.

Namespace:  System.Xml
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)
public override bool ReadAttributeValue()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if there are nodes to return.
false if the reader is not positioned on an attribute node when the initial call is made or if all the attribute values have been read.
An empty attribute, such as, misc="", returns true with a single node with a value of String.Empty.
NoteNote

In the .NET Framework version 2.0, the recommended practice is to create XmlReader instances using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. This allows you to take full advantage of all the new features introduced in the .NET Framework. For more information, see Creating XML Readers.

Use this method after calling MoveToAttribute to read through the text or entity reference nodes that make up the attribute value. The Depth of the attribute value nodes is one plus the depth of the attribute node; it increments and decrements by one when you step into and out of general entity references.

The following example reads an attribute with text and entity reference nodes.


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

public class Sample 
{
  public static void Main()
  {
    XmlNodeReader reader = null;

    try
    {
       //Create and load an XML document.
       XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
       doc.LoadXml("<!DOCTYPE book [<!ENTITY h 'harcover'>]>" +
                   "<book genre='novel' misc='sale-item &h; 1987'>" +
                   "</book>");

       //Create the reader. 
       reader = new XmlNodeReader(doc);

       //Read the misc attribute. The attribute is parsed into multiple 
       //text and entity reference nodes.
       reader.MoveToContent();
       reader.MoveToAttribute("misc");
       while (reader.ReadAttributeValue()){
          if (reader.NodeType==XmlNodeType.EntityReference)
            //To expand the entity, call ResolveEntity.
            Console.WriteLine("{0} {1}", reader.NodeType, reader.Name);
          else
             Console.WriteLine("{0} {1}", reader.NodeType, reader.Value);
        } 
     } 
     finally 
     {
        if (reader != null)
          reader.Close();
      }
  }
} // End class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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