XmlReader.ReadElementContentAs Method (Type, IXmlNamespaceResolver)

Reads the element content as the requested type.

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

Public Overridable Function ReadElementContentAs ( _
	returnType As Type, _
	namespaceResolver As IXmlNamespaceResolver _
) As Object


Type: System.Type
The type of the value to be returned.
Note   With the release of the .NET Framework 3.5, the value of the returnType parameter can now be the DateTimeOffset type.
Type: System.Xml.IXmlNamespaceResolver
An IXmlNamespaceResolver object that is used to resolve any namespace prefixes related to type conversion.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The element content converted to the requested typed object.


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 Nothing arguments.


Read Decimal.MaxValue.

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.

Dim output As New StringBuilder()

Dim xmlString As String = _
            "<root>" & _
            "<stringValue><!--comment-->" & _
            "<?some pi?>text value of the element." & _
            "</stringValue>" & _
            "<longValue>270000000000001</longValue><number>0</number>" & _
            "<double>2E10</double><date>2003-01-08T15:00:00-00:00</date>" & _

Using reader As XmlReader = XmlReader.Create(New StringReader(xmlString))

    Dim [date] As DateTime = CType(reader.ReadElementContentAs(GetType(System.DateTime), Nothing), DateTime)

    ' If the current culture is "en-US",
    ' this writes "Wednesday, January 8, 2003".

    OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString()
End Using


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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