XPathNavigator.Matches Method (XPathExpression)

Determines whether the current node matches the specified XPathExpression.

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

public virtual bool Matches(
	XPathExpression expr
)

Parameters

expr
Type: System.Xml.XPath.XPathExpression

An XPathExpression object containing the compiled XPath expression.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current node matches the XPathExpression; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The XPath expression cannot be evaluated.

XPathException

The XPath expression is not valid.

This method has no effect on the state of the XPathNavigator. This method is identical to the XPathNavigator.Matches method, except that a XPathExpression object containing the compiled XPath expression is specified, rather than an XPath expression String.

The following example displays the titles of all novels.

XPathDocument document = new XPathDocument("books.xml");
XPathNavigator navigator = document.CreateNavigator();

// Select all book nodes.
XPathNodeIterator nodes = navigator.SelectDescendants("book", "", false);

// Select all book nodes that have the matching attribute value.
XPathExpression expr = navigator.Compile("book[@genre='novel']");
while (nodes.MoveNext())
{
    XPathNavigator navigator2 = nodes.Current.Clone();
    if (navigator2.Matches(expr))
    {
        navigator2.MoveToFirstChild();
        Console.WriteLine("Book title:  {0}", navigator2.Value);
    }
}

The example uses the file, books.xml, as input.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> 
<bookstore>
    <book genre="autobiography" publicationdate="1981-03-22" ISBN="1-861003-11-0">
        <title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Benjamin</first-name>
            <last-name>Franklin</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>8.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="novel" publicationdate="1967-11-17" ISBN="0-201-63361-2">
        <title>The Confidence Man</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Herman</first-name>
            <last-name>Melville</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>11.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="philosophy" publicationdate="1991-02-15" ISBN="1-861001-57-6">
        <title>The Gorgias</title>
        <author>
            <name>Plato</name>
        </author>
        <price>9.99</price>
    </book>
</bookstore>

.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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