CreateCDataSection Method

XmlDocument.CreateCDataSection Method

Creates an XmlCDataSection containing the specified data.

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

public virtual XmlCDataSection CreateCDataSection(
	string data


Type: System.String
The content of the new XmlCDataSection.

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlCDataSection
The new XmlCDataSection.

Although this method creates the new object in the context of the document, it does not automatically add the new object to the document tree. To add the new object, you must explicitly call one of the node insert methods.

According to the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 recommendation (, CDataSection nodes are allowed within Element nodes and in EntityReference nodes when the EntityReference node is not a child of an Attribute node.

The following example creates a CDATA node and adds it to the document.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample
  public static void Main()
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.LoadXml("<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +

    //Create a CData section.
    XmlCDataSection CData;
    CData = doc.CreateCDataSection("All Jane Austen novels 25% off starting 3/23!");    

    //Add the new node to the document.
    XmlElement root = doc.DocumentElement;

    Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...");        

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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