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GetAttribute Method (String)

XmlTextReader.GetAttribute Method (String)

Gets the value of the attribute with the specified name.

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

public override string GetAttribute(
	string name
)

Parameters

name
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.

NoteNote

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

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;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample 
{
  public static void Main()
  {
    XmlTextReader reader = null;

    try
    {
       //Load the reader with the XML file.
       reader = new XmlTextReader("attrs.xml");

       //Read the ISBN attribute.
       reader.MoveToContent();
       string isbn = reader.GetAttribute("ISBN");
       Console.WriteLine("The ISBN value: " + isbn);

     } 
     finally 
     {
        if (reader != null)
          reader.Close();
      }
  }

} // End class

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


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

.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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