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XmlValidatingReader::MoveToElement Method

Moves to the element that contains the current attribute node.

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

virtual bool MoveToElement() override

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if the reader is positioned on an attribute (the reader moves to the element that owns the attribute); false if the reader is not positioned on an attribute (the position of the reader does not change).


The XmlValidatingReader class is obsolete in .NET Framework 2.0. You can create a validating XmlReader instance by using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. For more information, see the Remarks section of the XmlReader reference page.

Use this method to return to an element after navigating through its attributes. This method moves the reader to one of the following node types: Element, DocumentType, or XmlDeclaration.

The following example reads all the elements on the root node.

#using <System.Xml.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
int main()
   XmlValidatingReader^ reader = nullptr;

      //Create the string to parse.
      String^ xmlFrag = "<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861003-78' pubdate='1987'></book> ";

      //Create the XmlNamespaceManager.
      NameTable^ nt = gcnew NameTable;
      XmlNamespaceManager^ nsmgr = gcnew XmlNamespaceManager( nt );

      //Create the XmlParserContext.
      XmlParserContext^ context = gcnew XmlParserContext( nullptr,nsmgr,nullptr,XmlSpace::None );

      //Create the XmlValidatingReader .
      reader = gcnew XmlValidatingReader( xmlFrag,XmlNodeType::Element,context );

      //Read the attributes on the root element.
      if ( reader->HasAttributes )
         for ( int i = 0; i < reader->AttributeCount; i++ )
            reader->MoveToAttribute( i );
            Console::WriteLine( "{0} = {1}", reader->Name, reader->Value );

      if ( reader != nullptr )


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 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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