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XmlReader.ReadElementString Method

Reads a text-only element.

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

public virtual string ReadElementString()

Return Value

Type: System.String
The text contained in the element that was read. An empty string if the element is empty (<item></item> or <item/>).


The next content node is not a start tag; or the element found does not contain a simple text value.

This is a helper method for reading simple text-only elements. It calls MoveToContent to find the next content node and then parses its value as a simple string.

Using the XML, <name>Arlene Huff</name>, ReadElementString consumes the element and returns the string Arlene Huff.

This method cannot handle any markup (child elements, comments, processing instructions, and so on) inside the name element, but it can concatenate multiple adjacent text and CDATA blocks.

After calling this method the reader will be positioned on the node following the EndElement node or after the empty element tag.

The following example uses ReadElementString to read the contents of the element nodes.

using System;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample
  private const String filename = "book.xml";

  public static void Main()
    XmlTextReader reader = null;

      // Load the file and ignore all white space.
      reader = new XmlTextReader(filename);
      reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None;

      // Moves the reader to the root element.

      // Read the title and price elements.
      Console.WriteLine("Content of the title element: {0}", reader.ReadElementString());
      Console.WriteLine("Content of the price element: {0}", reader.ReadElementString());; 

      if (reader!=null)
} // End class

The example uses the data file book.xml:

<!--sample XML fragment-->
<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861003-78' misc='sale-item'>
  <title>The Handmaid's Tale</title>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.