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XmlTextReader.XmlSpace Property

Gets the current xml:space scope.

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

public override XmlSpace XmlSpace { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlSpace
One of the XmlSpace values. If no xml:space scope exists, this property defaults to XmlSpace.None.


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 parses a file and returns significant white space if an xml:space='preserve' scope is found.

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

public class Sample{

  public static void Main(){

     XmlTextReader reader = new XmlTextReader("authors.xml");
     reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None;

     // Parse the file.  Return white space only if an
     // xml:space='preserve' attribute is found.
     while (reader.Read()){
       switch (reader.NodeType){
         case XmlNodeType.Element:
           Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name);
           if (reader.XmlSpace==XmlSpace.Preserve)
         case XmlNodeType.Text:
         case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
           Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name);
         case XmlNodeType.SignificantWhitespace:

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.