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XmlReader.ReadContentAsString Method

Reads the text content at the current position as a String object.

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

'Declaration
Public Overridable Function ReadContentAsString As String

Return Value

Type: System.String
The text content as a String object.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidCastException

The attempted cast is not valid.

FormatException

The string format is not valid.

This method concatenates text, white space, significant white space, and CDATA sections, and skips any comments or processing instructions. Entity references are automatically resolved.

This method can be used convert typed values to a string, or to read the text content while skipping comments and processing instructions.

The following table describes how this method treats each node type.

XmlNodeType

Return value

Reader behavior

Text

CDATA

Whitespace

SignificantWhitespace

EntityReference

EndEntity

Concatenated content of text, CDATA, white space and significant white space nodes converted to the requested type.

Moves to the next start element or end element tag. Entity references are automatically expanded.

Attribute

Same as calling XmlConvert.ToXxx on the attribute value.

The reader remains in the current position.

Comment

ProcessingInstruction

Ignores the processing instruction (PI) or comment and reads the concatenated text content that follows the PI or comment.

Moves to the next start element or end element tag. Entity references are automatically expanded.

EndElement

An empty string.

The reader remains in the current position.

Element

XmlDeclaration

None

Document

DocumentType

Notation

Entity

DocumentFragment

An InvalidOperationException is thrown.

Undefined, although typically the reader remains in the current position.


Dim output As New StringBuilder()

Dim xmlString As String = _
        "<book>" & _
            "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" & _
            "<price>19.95</price>" & _
        "</book>"

Using reader As XmlReader = XmlReader.Create(New StringReader(xmlString))
    ' Parse the XML document. 
    reader.Read()
    reader.ReadStartElement("book")
    reader.ReadStartElement("title")
    output.AppendLine("The content of the title element:  ")
    output.AppendLine(reader.ReadContentAsString())
    reader.ReadContentAsString()
    reader.ReadEndElement()
    reader.ReadStartElement("price")
    output.AppendLine("The content of the price element:  ")
    output.AppendLine(reader.ReadContentAsDouble().ToString())
    reader.ReadEndElement()
    reader.ReadEndElement()
End Using

OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString()


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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