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XmlReader.Value Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets the text value of the current node.

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

'Declaration
Public MustOverride ReadOnly Property Value As String
'Usage
Dim instance As XmlReader
Dim value As String

value = instance.Value

/** @property */
public abstract String get_Value ()

public abstract function get Value () : String

Property Value

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.

The following example reads an XML file and displays each of the nodes.

reader.MoveToContent()
' 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("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", 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.DocumentType
      Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.EntityReference
      Console.Write(reader.Name)
    Case XmlNodeType.EndElement
      Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name)
  End Select
End While

The sample uses the items.xml file.

<?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>

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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