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XmlNameTable Class

Table of atomized string objects.

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

public abstract class XmlNameTable

Several classes, such as XmlDocument and XmlReader, use the XmlNameTable class internally to store attribute and element names. When an element or attribute name occurs multiple times in an XML document, it is stored only once in the XmlNameTable.

The names are stored as common language runtime (CLR) object types. This enables you to do object comparisons on these strings rather than a more expensive string comparison. These string objects are referred to as atomized strings.

XmlNameTable is implemented in the NameTable class.

The following example compares two element names.

// Add the element names to the NameTable.
NameTable nt = new NameTable();
object book = nt.Add("book");
object title = nt.Add("title");

 // Create a reader that uses the NameTable.
 XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
 settings.NameTable = nt;
 XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("books.xml", settings);

 while (reader.Read()) {
    if (reader.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element) {
      // Cache the local name to prevent multiple calls to the LocalName property.
      object localname = reader.LocalName;

      // Do a comparison between the object references. This just compares pointers. 
      if (book == localname) {
          // Add additional processing here.
      // Do a comparison between the object references. This just compares pointers. 
      if (title == localname) {
         // Add additional processing here.


 }  // End While 

// Close the reader.
NameTable* nt = new NameTable();
Object* book = nt->Add(S"book");
Object* price = nt->Add(S"price");

// Create the reader.
XmlReaderSettings* settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
settings->NameTable = nt;
XmlReader* reader = XmlReader::Create(S"books.xml", settings);


 if (System::Object::ReferenceEquals(book, reader->Name)) {
     // Do additional processing.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0