XmlNodeReader.GetAttribute Method (String)


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Gets the value of the attribute with the specified name.

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

public override string GetAttribute(
	string name


Type: System.String

The qualified name of the attribute.

Return Value

Type: System.String

The value of the specified attribute. If the attribute is not found, null is returned.


In the .NET Framework 2.0, the recommended practice is to create XmlReader instances using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. This allows you to take full advantage of all the new features introduced in the .NET Framework. For more information, see the Remarks section in the XmlReader reference page.

This method does not move the reader.

If the reader is positioned on a DocumentType node, this method can be used to get the PUBLIC and SYSTEM literals, for example, reader.GetAttribute("PUBLIC")

The following example gets the value of the ISBN attribute.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample 
  public static void Main()
    XmlNodeReader reader = null;

       //Create and load the XML document.
       XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
       doc.LoadXml("<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861003-78' publicationdate='1987'> " +

       // Load the XmlNodeReader 
       reader = new XmlNodeReader(doc);

       //Read the ISBN attribute.
       string isbn = reader.GetAttribute("ISBN");
       Console.WriteLine("The ISBN value: " + isbn);


        if (reader != null)

} // End class

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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