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XmlNodeReader::LocalName Property

Gets the local name of the current node.

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

virtual property String^ LocalName {
	String^ get () override;

Property Value

Type: System::String
The name of the current node with the prefix removed. For example, LocalName is book for the element <bk:book>.
For node types that do not have a name (like Text, Comment, and so on), this property returns String.Empty.


In the .NET Framework 2.0, the recommended practice is to create XmlReader instances using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. This allows you to take full advantage of all the new features introduced in the .NET Framework. For more information, see the Remarks section in the XmlReader reference page.

The following example displays the local name of each node, and, if they exist, the prefix and namespace URI.

#using <System.Xml.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
int main()
   XmlNodeReader^ reader = nullptr;

      //Create and load the XML document.
      XmlDocument^ doc = gcnew XmlDocument;
      doc->LoadXml( "<book xmlns:bk='urn:samples'> " 
      "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" 
      "</book>" );

      //Load the XmlNodeReader 
      reader = gcnew XmlNodeReader( doc );

      //Parse the XML.  If they exist, display the prefix and   
      //namespace URI of each node. 
      while ( reader->Read() )
         if ( reader->IsStartElement() )
            if ( reader->Prefix == String::Empty )
                        Console::WriteLine( "<{0}>", reader->LocalName );
               Console::Write( "<{0}:{1}>", reader->Prefix, reader->LocalName );
               Console::WriteLine( " The namespace URI is {0}", reader->NamespaceURI );
      if ( reader != nullptr )


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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