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XmlElement.IsEmpty Property

Gets or sets the tag format of the element.

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

'Declaration
Public Property IsEmpty As Boolean

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns true if the element is to be serialized in the short tag format "<item/>"; false for the long format "<item></item>".
When setting this property, if set to true, the children of the element are removed and the element is serialized in the short tag format. If set to false, the value of the property is changed (regardless of whether or not the element has content); if the element is empty, it is serialized in the long format.
This property is a Microsoft extension to the Document Object Model (DOM).

This property is a Microsoft extension of the Document Object Model (DOM).

The following example adds content to an empty element.


Imports System
Imports System.Xml

public class Sample

  public shared sub Main()

      Dim doc as XmlDocument = new XmlDocument()
      doc.LoadXml("<book>" & _
                  "  <title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" & _
                  "  <price/>" & _
                  "</book>")   

      Dim currNode as XmlElement 
      currNode = CType (doc.DocumentElement.LastChild, XmlElement)
      if (currNode.IsEmpty)
        currNode.InnerXml="19.95"
      end if

      Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...")
      Console.WriteLine(doc.OuterXml)

  end sub
end class


.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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