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XmlReader.ReadValueChunk Method

Reads large streams of text embedded in an XML document.

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

public virtual int ReadValueChunk(
	char[] buffer,
	int index,
	int count


Type: System.Char[]
The array of characters that serves as the buffer to which the text contents are written. This value cannot be null.
Type: System.Int32
The offset within the buffer where the XmlReader can start to copy the results.
Type: System.Int32
The maximum number of characters to copy into the buffer. The actual number of characters copied is returned from this method.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of characters read into the buffer. The value zero is returned when there is no more text content.


The current node does not have a value (HasValue is false).


The buffer value is null.


The index into the buffer, or index + count is larger than the allocated buffer size.


The XmlReader implementation does not support this method.


The XML data is not well-formed.

This method enables reading of very large streams of text embedded in an XML document in a streaming fashion, that is, a small number of characters at a time instead of allocating a single string for the whole value. This method can be called on any node that has a value (HasValue is true), however actual streaming of the node value only occurs when called on a text, white space and significant white space nodes. Other node type values are cached, including attributes and CDATA nodes.

This method returns only the content of the Value property and does not move the XmlReader.

This method reads the specified number of characters (count) of the node value into a character buffer (buffer) at a specified offset (index) and returns the number of characters written to the buffer. It returns the 0 when it has reached the end of the value. It cannot be restarted to read through the value again.

In between calls to ReadValueChunk the XmlReader properties do no change except for the Value property. When the Value property is accessed it may either return a partial value (with characters not yet returned by ReadValueChunk) or a full value depending on the implementation. All the XmlReader implementations in the System.Xml namespace return a partial value for the Value property implementation.

Any Read method can be called in between calls to ReadValueChunk. If this occurs, the XmlReader moves to the next XmlNodeType in the stream and any characters not yet returned are skipped.

There may be a case when ReadValueChunk returns less than the requested number of characters. For example, if you had a 200-character long value with a surrogate pair at positions 127 and 128 and you called ReadValueChunk with a 128-character buffer, the method call would return 127 characters instead of the requested 128. The surrogate pair would then be returned in the next ReadValueChunk call. In this case, ReadValueChunk did not return the requested 128 characters because doing so would have resulted in an incomplete surrogate pair at the end of the buffer.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.