XmlNodeReader.Value Property

 

Gets the text value of the current node.

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

Public Overrides ReadOnly Property Value As String

Property Value

Type: System.String

The value returned depends on the NodeType of the node. The following table lists node types that have a value to return. All other node types return String.Empty.

Node Type

Value

Attribute

The value of the attribute.

CDATA

The content of the CDATA section.

Comment

The content of the comment.

DocumentType

The internal subset.

ProcessingInstruction

The entire content, excluding the target.

SignificantWhitespace

The white space between markup in a mixed content model.

Text

The content of the text node.

Whitespace

The white space between markup.

XmlDeclaration

The content of the declaration.

System_CAPS_noteNote

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 reads an XML and displays each node.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml

Public Class Sample
    Private Const filename As String = "items.xml"
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim reader As XmlNodeReader = Nothing
        Try
            'Create an XmlNodeReader to read the XmlDocument.
            Dim doc As New XmlDocument()
            doc.Load(filename)
            reader = New XmlNodeReader(doc)

            'Parse the file and display each of the nodes.
            While reader.Read()
                Select Case reader.NodeType
                    Case XmlNodeType.Element
                        Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name)
                    Case XmlNodeType.Text
                        Console.Write(reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.CDATA
                        Console.Write(reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction
                        Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.Comment
                        Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value)
                    Case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration
                        Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>")
                    Case XmlNodeType.Document
                    Case XmlNodeType.EndElement
                        Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name)
                End Select
            End While

        Finally
            If Not (reader Is Nothing) Then
                reader.Close()
            End If
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main ' End class
End Class 'Sample 

The example uses the file, items.xml, as input.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- This is a sample XML document -->
<!DOCTYPE Items [<!ENTITY number "123">]>
<Items>
  <Item>Test with an entity: &number;</Item>
  <Item>test with a child element <more/> stuff</Item>
  <Item>test with a CDATA section <![CDATA[<456>]]> def</Item>
  <Item>Test with a char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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