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XNode.ElementsBeforeSelf Method

Returns a collection of the sibling elements before this node, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XElement> ElementsBeforeSelf()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XElement>
An IEnumerable<T> of XElement of the sibling elements before this node, in document order.

This method only includes siblings in the returned collection. It does not include descendants.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example uses this axis method.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XText("Text content."),
    new XElement("Child1", "child1 content"),
    new XElement("Child2", "child2 content"),
    new XElement("Child3", "child3 content"),
    new XText("More text content."),
    new XElement("Child4", "child4 content"),
    new XElement("Child5", "child5 content")
);
XElement child = xmlTree.Element("Child3");
IEnumerable<XElement> elements = child.ElementsBeforeSelf();
foreach (XElement el in elements)
    Console.WriteLine(el.Name);

This example produces the following output:

Child1
Child2

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0
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