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XDocument.Declaration Property

Gets or sets the XML declaration for this document.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Xml.XDocument (in System.Xml.XDocument.dll)
  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

public XDeclaration Declaration { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.Linq.XDeclaration
An XDeclaration that contains the XML declaration for this document.

Sometimes you have to create an XML declaration for a document. If you want to indicate that a document is standalone, you must use this property. If you want to encode your document with an encoding other than utf-8, you can specify an encoding through the XDeclaration. Another approach for encoding a document is to specify the encoding on an XmlWriter that you pass to LINQ to XML for writing.

The following example uses this property to retrieve the XML declaration of a document.

XDocument doc = new XDocument(
    new XDeclaration("1.0", "utf-8", "yes"),
    new XComment("This is a comment"),
    new XElement("Root", "content")
);

Console.WriteLine(doc.Declaration);

This example produces the following output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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