Depth Property

XmlTextReader.Depth Property


Gets the depth of the current node in the XML document.

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

public override int Depth { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32

The depth of the current node in the XML document.


Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, we recommend that you create XmlReader instances by using the XmlReader.Create method to take advantage of new functionality.

The following example displays each node including its depth, line number, and line position.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample{

  public static void Main(){

    // Create the XML fragment to be parsed.
    string xmlFrag  = 

    // Create the XmlNamespaceManager.
    NameTable nt = new NameTable();
    XmlNamespaceManager nsmgr = new XmlNamespaceManager(nt);

    // Create the XmlParserContext.
    XmlParserContext context = new XmlParserContext(null, nsmgr, null, XmlSpace.None);

    // Create the reader.
    XmlTextReader reader = new XmlTextReader(xmlFrag, XmlNodeType.Element, context);

    // Parse the XML and display each node.
    while (reader.Read()){
       switch (reader.NodeType){
         case XmlNodeType.Element:
           Console.Write("{0} {1},{2}  ", reader.Depth, reader.LineNumber, reader.LinePosition);
           Console.WriteLine("<{0}>", reader.Name);
         case XmlNodeType.Text:
           Console.Write("{0} {1},{2}  ", reader.Depth, reader.LineNumber, reader.LinePosition);
           Console.WriteLine("  {0}", reader.Value);
         case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
           Console.Write("{0} {1},{2}  ", reader.Depth, reader.LineNumber, reader.LinePosition);
           Console.WriteLine("</{0}>", reader.Name);

    // Close the reader.

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