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XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet Class

Represents the enumeration facet from XML Schema as specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This class specifies a list of valid values for a simpleType element. Declaration is contained within a restriction declaration.

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

public class XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet : XmlSchemaFacet

The following example shows the use of the XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet class.

using System;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Schema;

class XMLSchemaExamples
    public static void Main()

        XmlSchema schema = new XmlSchema();

        // <xs:simpleType name="SizeType">
        XmlSchemaSimpleType SizeType = new XmlSchemaSimpleType();
        SizeType.Name = "SizeType";

        // <xs:restriction base="xs:string">
        XmlSchemaSimpleTypeRestriction restriction = new XmlSchemaSimpleTypeRestriction();
        restriction.BaseTypeName = new XmlQualifiedName("string", "");

        // <xs:enumeration value="Small"/>
        XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet enumerationSmall = new XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet();
        enumerationSmall.Value = "Small";

        // <xs:enumeration value="Medium"/>
        XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet enumerationMedium = new XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet();
        enumerationMedium.Value = "Medium";

        // <xs:enumeration value="Large"/>
        XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet enumerationLarge = new XmlSchemaEnumerationFacet();
        enumerationLarge.Value = "Large";

        SizeType.Content = restriction;


        // <xs:element name="Item">
        XmlSchemaElement elementItem = new XmlSchemaElement();
        elementItem.Name = "Item";

        // <xs:complexType>
        XmlSchemaComplexType complexType = new XmlSchemaComplexType();

        // <xs:attribute name="Size" type="SizeType"/>
        XmlSchemaAttribute attributeSize = new XmlSchemaAttribute();
        attributeSize.Name = "Size";
        attributeSize.SchemaTypeName = new XmlQualifiedName("SizeType", "");

        elementItem.SchemaType = complexType;


        XmlSchemaSet schemaSet = new XmlSchemaSet();
        schemaSet.ValidationEventHandler += new ValidationEventHandler(ValidationCallbackOne);

        XmlSchema compiledSchema = null;

        foreach (XmlSchema schema1 in schemaSet.Schemas())
            compiledSchema = schema1;

        XmlNamespaceManager nsmgr = new XmlNamespaceManager(new NameTable());
        nsmgr.AddNamespace("xs", "");
        compiledSchema.Write(Console.Out, nsmgr);

    public static void ValidationCallbackOne(object sender, ValidationEventArgs args)


The following XML file is generated for the preceding code example.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="IBM437"?>
<xs:schema  xmlns:xs="">
  <xs:simpleType name="SizeType">
    <xs:restriction base="xs:string">
      <xs:enumeration value="Small" />
      <xs:enumeration value="Medium" />
      <xs:enumeration value="Large" />
  <xs:element name="Item">
      <xs:attribute name="Size" type="SizeType" />

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0