Depth Property

XmlValidatingReader.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.


The XmlValidatingReader class is obsolete in .NET Framework 2.0. You can create a validating XmlReader instance by using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. For more information, see the Remarks section of the XmlReader reference page.

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.
    XmlNamespaceManager nsmgr = new XmlNamespaceManager(new NameTable());

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

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

    IXmlLineInfo lineInfo = ((IXmlLineInfo)reader);
    if (lineInfo.HasLineInfo()){

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

    // Close the reader.

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