XmlDocument.DocumentType Property


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Gets the node containing the DOCTYPE declaration.

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

public virtual XmlDocumentType DocumentType { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlDocumentType

The XmlNode containing the DocumentType (DOCTYPE declaration).

An XmlDocument can have one and only one child with XmlNodeType equal to DocumentType.


This property is read-only. To change the DocumentType node, delete the existing node, create a new one using the CreateDocumentType method, and add the new node to the document.

The following example gets and displays the DOCTYPE declaration for the document.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample
  public static void Main()
    // Create the XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.LoadXml("<!DOCTYPE book [<!ENTITY h 'hardcover'>]>" +
                "<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +
                "<style>&h;</style>" +

    // Display the DocumentType.


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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