XElement Explicit Conversion (XElement to String)

Cast the value of this XElement to a String.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)
  System.Xml.XDocument (in System.Xml.XDocument.dll)

public static explicit operator string (
	XElement element
)

Parameters

element
Type: System.Xml.Linq.XElement

The XElement to cast to String.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String that contains the content of this XElement.

If the XElement has children, the concatenated string value of all of the element's text and descendant's text is returned.

The following example creates an element with string content. It then retrieves the value by casting to String.

XElement root = XElement.Parse("<Root>abc <b>def </b>ghi</Root>");
Console.WriteLine("(string)root={0}", (string)root);

This example produces the following output:

(string)root=abc def ghi

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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