XmlReader.ReadElementContentAs Method (Type, IXmlNamespaceResolver)

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
Not applicable.



The type of the value to be returned.


With the release of the .NET Framework 3.5, the value of the returnType parameter can now be the DateTimeOffset type.


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.

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 Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0