XmlReader::ReadElementContentAsObject Method (String^, String^)


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Checks that the specified local name and namespace URI matches that of the current element, then reads the current element and returns the contents as an Object.

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

virtual Object^ ReadElementContentAsObject(
	String^ localName,
	String^ namespaceURI


Type: System::String^

The local name of the element.

Type: System::String^

The namespace URI of the element.

Return Value

Type: System::Object^

A boxed common language runtime (CLR) object of the most appropriate type. The ValueType property determines the appropriate CLR type. If the content is typed as a list type, this method returns an array of boxed objects of the appropriate type.

Exception Condition

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 null arguments.


The specified local name and namespace URI do not match that of the current element being read.


An XmlReader method was called before a previous asynchronous operation finished. In this case, InvalidOperationException is thrown with the message “An asynchronous operation is already in progress.”

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 the Remarks section of the XmlReader reference page and the W3C XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes recommendation.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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