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XmlTextWriter.WriteCData Method

Writes out a <![CDATA[...]]> block containing the specified text.

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

public override void WriteCData(
	string text
)

Parameters

text
Type: System.String

Text to place inside the CDATA block.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The text would result in a non-well formed XML document.

InvalidOperationException

The WriteState is Closed.

NoteNote

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, we recommend that you create XmlWriter instances by using the XmlWriter.Create method and the XmlWriterSettings class to take advantage of new functionality.

If text is either null or String.Empty, this method writes an empty CDATA block, for example <![CDATA[]]>.

The following example writes an XML file representing a book.

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

public class Sample
{
  private const string filename = "sampledata.xml";

  public static void Main()
  {
     XmlTextWriter writer = null;

     writer = new XmlTextWriter (filename, null);
     //Use indenting for readability.
     writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;

     //Write the XML delcaration. 
     writer.WriteStartDocument();

     //Write the ProcessingInstruction node.
     String PItext="type='text/xsl' href='book.xsl'";
     writer.WriteProcessingInstruction("xml-stylesheet", PItext);

     //Write the DocumentType node.
     writer.WriteDocType("book", null , null, "<!ENTITY h 'hardcover'>");

     //Write a Comment node.
     writer.WriteComment("sample XML");

     //Write a root element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("book");

     //Write the genre attribute.
     writer.WriteAttributeString("genre", "novel");

     //Write the ISBN attribute.
     writer.WriteAttributeString("ISBN", "1-8630-014");

     //Write the title.
     writer.WriteElementString("title", "The Handmaid's Tale");

     //Write the style element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("style");
     writer.WriteEntityRef("h");
     writer.WriteEndElement(); 

     //Write the price.
     writer.WriteElementString("price", "19.95");

     //Write CDATA.
     writer.WriteCData("Prices 15% off!!");

     //Write the close tag for the root element.
     writer.WriteEndElement();

     writer.WriteEndDocument();

     //Write the XML to file and close the writer.
     writer.Flush();
     writer.Close();  

     //Load the file into an XmlDocument to ensure well formed XML.
     XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
     //Preserve white space for readability.
     doc.PreserveWhitespace = true;
     //Load the file.
     doc.Load(filename);  

     //Display the XML content to the console.
     Console.Write(doc.InnerXml);  

  }

}

.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
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