XmlReader.IsStartElement Method (String, String)

Calls MoveToContent and tests if the current content node is a start tag or empty element tag and if the LocalName and NamespaceURI properties of the element found match the given strings.

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

public virtual bool IsStartElement (
	string localname,
	string ns
public boolean IsStartElement (
	String localname, 
	String ns
public function IsStartElement (
	localname : String, 
	ns : String
) : boolean



The string to match against the LocalName property of the element found.


The string to match against the NamespaceURI property of the element found.

Return Value

true if the resulting node is an element. false if a node type other than XmlNodeType.Element was found or if the LocalName and NamespaceURI properties of the element do not match the specified strings.

Exception typeCondition


Incorrect XML is encountered in the input stream.

This method skips white space, comments, and processing instructions until the reader is positioned on a content node. The method then tests if the current node is an element.

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0