XmlValidatingReader.GetAttribute Method (String, String)


Gets the value of the attribute with the specified local name and namespace Uniform Resource Identifier (URI).

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

public override string GetAttribute(
	string localName,
	string namespaceURI


Type: System.String

The local name of the attribute.

Type: System.String

The namespace URI of the attribute.

Return Value

Type: System.String

The value of the specified attribute. If the attribute is not found, null is returned. This method does not move the reader.


The XmlValidatingReader class is obsolete in .NET Framework 2.0. You can create a validating XmlReader instance by using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. For more information, see the Remarks section of the XmlReader reference page.

The following XML contains an attribute in a specific namespace:

<test xmlns:dt="urn:datatypes" dt:type="int"/>

You can look up the dt:type attribute by using one argument (prefix and local name) or two arguments (local name and namespace URI):

String dt = reader.GetAttribute("dt:type");
String dt2 = reader.GetAttribute("type","urn:datatypes");

To look up the xmlns:dt attribute, use one of the following arguments:

String dt3 = reader.GetAttribute("xmlns:dt");
String dt4 = reader.GetAttribute("dt",http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/);

You can also get this information by using the Prefix property.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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