XmlReader.ReadElementContentAs Method (Type, IXmlNamespaceResolver)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Reads the element content as the requested type.

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

public virtual Object ReadElementContentAs (
	Type returnType,
	IXmlNamespaceResolver namespaceResolver
public Object ReadElementContentAs (
	Type returnType, 
	IXmlNamespaceResolver namespaceResolver
public function ReadElementContentAs (
	returnType : Type, 
	namespaceResolver : IXmlNamespaceResolver
) : Object



The type of the value to be returned.


An IXmlNamespaceResolver object that is used to resolve any namespace prefixes related to type conversion.

Return Value

The element content converted to the requested typed object.

Exception typeCondition


The XmlReader is not positioned on an element.


The current element contains child elements.


The element content cannot be converted to the requested type.


The method is called with a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) arguments.

This method reads the start tag, the contents of the element, and moves the reader past the end element tag. It expands entities and ignores processing instructions and comments. The element can only contain simple content. That is, it cannot have child elements.

For more information, see Reading Typed Data and the W3C XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes recommendation (http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/)

The following example uses the ReadElementContentAs method to read the content of the date node.

using (XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("dataFile.xml")) {
     DateTime date = (DateTime) reader.ReadElementContentAs(typeof(System.DateTime), null);
     // If the current culture is "en-US",
     // this writes "Wednesday, January 8, 2003".

The example uses the dataFile.xml file as input.

     <?some pi?>
      text value of the element.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0