XmlReader.ReadElementContentAsString Method

Reads the current element and returns the contents as a String object.

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

Public Overridable Function ReadElementContentAsString As String

Return Value

Type: System.String
The element content as a String object.


The XmlReader is not positioned on an element.


The current element contains child elements.


The element content cannot be converted to a String object.


The method is called with Nothing 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.

The following example uses the XmlReader methods to read the content of elements and attributes.

Dim output As StringBuilder = New StringBuilder()

Dim xmlString As String = _
    "<bookstore>" & _
            "<book genre='autobiography' publicationdate='1981-03-22' ISBN='1-861003-11-0'>" & _
                "<title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>" & _
                "<author>" & _
                    "<first-name>Benjamin</first-name>" & _
                    "<last-name>Franklin</last-name>" & _
                "</author> " & _
                "<price>8.99</price>" & _
            "</book>" & _

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

    Dim genre As String = reader.Value
    output.AppendLine("The genre value: " + genre)

    output.AppendLine("Content of the title element: " + reader.ReadElementContentAsString())
End Using

OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString()


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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