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XmlTextReader.Value Property

Gets the text value of the current node.

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

public override string Value { get; }

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 within an xml:space= 'preserve' scope.

Text

The content of the text node.

Whitespace

The white space between markup.

XmlDeclaration

The content of the declaration.

NoteNote:

In the .NET Framework version 2.0 release, the recommended practice is to create XmlReader instances using the XmlReader.Create method. This allows you to take full advantage of the new features introduced in this release. For more information, see Creating XML Readers.

The following example reads an XML file and displays each node.

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

public class Sample {

  private const String filename = "items.xml";

  public static void Main() {

     XmlTextReader reader = null;

     try {

        // Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
        reader = new XmlTextReader(filename);
        reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None;

        // Parse the file and display each of the nodes. 
        while (reader.Read()) {
           switch (reader.NodeType) {
             case XmlNodeType.Element:
               Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.Text:
               Console.Write(reader.Value);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.CDATA:
               Console.Write("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader.Value);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction:
               Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.Comment:
               Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration:
               Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>");
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.Document:
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.DocumentType:
               Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.EntityReference:
               Console.Write(reader.Name);
               break;
             case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
               Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name);
               break;
           }       
        }           
     }

     finally {
        if (reader!=null)
          reader.Close();
     }
  }
} // End class
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;

int main() {

   XmlTextReader* reader = 0;
   String* filename = S"items.xml";

   try {

      // Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
      reader = new XmlTextReader(filename);
      reader->WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling::None;

      // Parse the file and display each of the nodes.
      while (reader->Read()) {
         switch (reader->NodeType) {
             case XmlNodeType::Element:
                Console::Write(S"<{0}>", reader->Name);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::Text:
                Console::Write(reader->Value);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::CDATA:
                Console::Write(S"<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader->Value);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::ProcessingInstruction:
                Console::Write(S"<?{0} {1}?>", reader->Name, reader->Value);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::Comment:
                Console::Write(S"<!--{0}-->", reader->Value);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::XmlDeclaration:
                Console::Write(S"<?xml version='1.0'?>");
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::Document:
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::DocumentType:
                Console::Write(S"<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader->Name, reader->Value);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::EntityReference:
                Console::Write(reader->Name);
                break;
             case XmlNodeType::EndElement:
                Console::Write(S"</{0}>", reader->Name);
                break;
         }       
      }           
   }

   __finally {
      if (reader!=0)
         reader->Close();
   }
}

The sample uses the file items.xml.

<?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 an char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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