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XmlTextReader.Name Property

Gets the qualified name of the current node.

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

'Declaration
Public Overrides ReadOnly Property Name As String

Property Value

Type: System.String
The qualified name of the current node. For example, Name is bk:book for the element <bk:book>.
The name returned is dependent on the NodeType of the node. The following node types return the listed values. All other node types return an empty string.

Node Type

Name

Attribute

The name of the attribute.

DocumentType

The document type name.

Element

The tag name.

EntityReference

The name of the entity referenced.

ProcessingInstruction

The target of the processing instruction.

XmlDeclaration

The literal string xml.

NoteNote

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, we recommend that you create XmlReader instances by using the XmlReader.Create method to take advantage of new functionality.

The following example reads an XML file and displays each of the nodes.

Option Strict
Option Explicit

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml

'Reads an XML document 
Public Class Sample
    Private Const filename As String = "items.xml" 

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim reader As XmlTextReader = Nothing 

        Try 
            ' Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
            reader = New XmlTextReader(filename)
            reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None

            ' Parse the file and display each of the nodes. 
            While reader.Read()
                Select Case reader.NodeType
                    Case XmlNodeType.Element
                        Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name)
                    Case XmlNodeType.Text
                        Console.Write(reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.CDATA
                        Console.Write("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction
                        Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.Comment
                        Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration
                        Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>")
                    Case XmlNodeType.Document
                    Case XmlNodeType.DocumentType
                        Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.EntityReference
                        Console.Write(reader.Name)
                    Case XmlNodeType.EndElement
                        Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name)
                End Select 
            End While 

        Finally 
            If Not (reader Is Nothing) Then
                reader.Close()
            End If 
        End Try 
    End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample

The sample uses the file items.xml.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- This is a sample XML document -->
<!DOCTYPE Items [<!ENTITY number "123">]>
<Items>
  <Item>Test with an entity: &number;</Item>
  <Item>test with a child element <more/> stuff</Item>
  <Item>test with a CDATA section <![CDATA[<456>]]> def</Item>
  <Item>Test with an char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.3, 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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