XmlValidatingReader::GetAttribute Method (String^)


Gets the value of the attribute with the specified name.

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

virtual String^ GetAttribute(
	String^ name
) override


Type: System::String^

The qualified name of the attribute.

Return Value

Type: System::String^

The value of the specified attribute. If the attribute is not found, null is returned.


The XmlValidatingReader class is obsolete in .NET Framework 2.0.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.

This method does not move the reader.

If the reader is positioned on a DocumentType node, this method can be used to get the PUBLIC and SYSTEM literals, for example, reader.GetAttribute("PUBLIC")

The following example gets the value of the ISBN attribute.

#using <System.Xml.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
int main()

   //Create the validating reader.
   XmlTextReader^ txtreader = gcnew XmlTextReader( "attrs.xml" );
   XmlValidatingReader^ reader = gcnew XmlValidatingReader( txtreader );

   //Read the ISBN attribute.
   String^ isbn = reader->GetAttribute( "ISBN" );
   Console::WriteLine( "The ISBN value: {0}", isbn );

   //Close the reader.

The example uses the file, attrs.xml, as input.

<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861003-78' pubdate='1987'>

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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