ReadElementString Method (String, String)

XmlReader::ReadElementString Method (String^, String^)


Checks that the LocalName and NamespaceURI properties of the element found matches the given strings before reading a text-only element. However, we recommend that you use the ReadElementContentAsString(String^, String^) method instead, because it provides a more straightforward way to handle this operation.

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

virtual String^ ReadElementString(
	String^ localname,
	String^ ns


Type: System::String^

The local name to check.

Type: System::String^

The namespace URI to check.

Return Value

Type: System::String^

The text contained in the element that was read. An empty string if the element is empty.

Exception Condition

If the next content node is not a start tag; if the element LocalName or NamespaceURI do not match the given arguments; or if the element found does not contain a simple text value.


An XmlReader method was called before a previous asynchronous operation finished. In this case, InvalidOperationException is thrown with the message “An asynchronous operation is already in progress.”

We recommend that you use the ReadElementContentAsString(String^, String^) method to read a text element.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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