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XmlWriterSettings.Indent Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether to indent elements.

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

public bool Indent { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true to write individual elements on new lines and indent; otherwise false. The default is false.

This property only applies to XmlWriter instances that output text content; otherwise, this setting is ignored.

The elements are indented as long as the element does not contain mixed content. Once the WriteString or WriteWhitespace method is called to write out a mixed element content, the XmlWriter stops indenting. The indenting resumes once the mixed content element is closed.

The following example creates an XmlWriter object that uses the TAB character for indentation.

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

public class Sample {

  public static void Main() {

    XmlWriter writer = null;

    try {

       // Create an XmlWriterSettings object with the correct options. 
       XmlWriterSettings settings = new XmlWriterSettings();
       settings.Indent = true;
       settings.IndentChars = ("\t");
       settings.OmitXmlDeclaration = true;

       // Create the XmlWriter object and write some content.
       writer = XmlWriter.Create("data.xml", settings);
       writer.WriteStartElement("book");
       writer.WriteElementString("item", "tesing");
       writer.WriteEndElement();
	
       writer.Flush();

     } 
     finally  {
        if (writer != null)
          writer.Close();
     }
  } 
} 

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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