XmlTextWriter.WriteEntityRef Method (String)

 

Writes out an entity reference as &name;.

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

public override void WriteEntityRef(
	string name
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

Name of the entity reference.

Exception Condition
ArgumentException

The text would result in a non-well formed XML document or name is either null or String.Empty.

System_CAPS_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.

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
Available since 1.1
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