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XmlReader.Value Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets the text value of the current node.

Namespace:  System.Xml
Assemblies:   System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)
  System.Xml.ReaderWriter (in System.Xml.ReaderWriter.dll)

public abstract string Value { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The value returned depends on the NodeType of the node. The following table lists node types that have a value to return. All other node types return String.Empty.

Node type

Value

Attribute

The value of the attribute.

CDATA

The content of the CDATA section.

Comment

The content of the comment.

DocumentType

The internal subset.

ProcessingInstruction

The entire content, excluding the target.

SignificantWhitespace

The white space between markup in a mixed content model.

Text

The content of the text node.

Whitespace

The white space between markup.

XmlDeclaration

The content of the declaration.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

An XmlReader method was called before a previous asynchronous operation finished. In this case, InvalidOperationException is thrown with the message “An asynchronous operation is already in progress.”

For the asynchronous version of this property, see the GetValueAsync method.

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

XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
settings.DtdProcessing = DtdProcessing.Parse;
XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("items.xml", settings);

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

The sample uses the items.xml file.

<?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 a char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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