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XmlNameTable Class

Table of atomized string objects.

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

public abstract class XmlNameTable
public abstract class XmlNameTable
public abstract class XmlNameTable
Not applicable.

Several classes, such as XmlDocument and XmlReader, use the XmlNameTable class internally to store attribute and element names. When an element or attribute name occurs multiple times in an XML document, it is stored only once in the XmlNameTable.

The names are stored as common language runtime (CLR) object types. This enables you to do object comparisons on these strings rather than a more expensive string comparison. These string objects are referred to as atomizedstrings.

XmlNameTable is implemented in the NameTable class.

The following example compares two element names.


// Add the element names to the NameTable.
NameTable nt = new NameTable();
object book = nt.Add("book");
object title = nt.Add("title");

 // Create a reader that uses the NameTable.
 XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
 settings.NameTable = nt;
 XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("books.xml", settings);

 while (reader.Read()) {
    if (reader.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element) {
      // Cache the local name to prevent multiple calls to the LocalName property.
      object localname = reader.LocalName;

      // Do a comparison between the object references. This just compares pointers.
      if (book == localname) {
          // Add additional processing here.
      }
      // Do a comparison between the object references. This just compares pointers.
      if (title == localname) {
         // Add additional processing here.
      }
         
    } 

 }  // End While

// Close the reader.
reader.Close();     


System.Object
  System.Xml.XmlNameTable
     System.Xml.NameTable

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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