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XmlSchemaSet.Schemas Method (String)

Returns a collection of all the XML Schema definition language (XSD) schemas in the XmlSchemaSet that belong to the given namespace.

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

public ICollection Schemas(
	string targetNamespace


Type: System.String
The schema targetNamespace property.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.ICollection
An ICollection object containing all the schemas that have been added to the XmlSchemaSet that belong to the given namespace. If no schemas have been added to the XmlSchemaSet, an empty ICollection object is returned.

If the targetNamespace parameter is null or Empty, then all schemas without a namespace are returned.

This method returns schemas that were added indirectly to the XmlSchemaSet because they were imported.


The Schemas method is the equivalent of the Item method of the obsolete XmlSchemaCollection.

The following example illustrates how to iterate over all the schemas in the namespace in the XmlSchemaSet.

XmlSchemaSet schemaSet = new XmlSchemaSet();
schemaSet.Add("", "");

foreach (XmlSchema schema in schemaSet.Schemas(""))

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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