XmlReader.GetAttribute Method (String, String)

When overridden in a derived class, gets the value of the attribute with the specified LocalName and NamespaceURI.

Namespace:  System.Xml
Assemblies:   System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)
  System.Xml.ReaderWriter (in System.Xml.ReaderWriter.dll)

public abstract string GetAttribute(
	string name,
	string namespaceURI
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The local name of the attribute.

namespaceURI
Type: System.String

The namespace URI of the attribute.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The value of the specified attribute. If the attribute is not found or the value is String.Empty, null is returned. This method does not move the reader.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

name is null.

InvalidOperationException

An XmlReader method was called before a previous asynchronous operation finished. In this case, InvalidOperationException is thrown with the message “An asynchronous operation is already in progress.”

The following XML contains an attribute in a specific namespace:

<test xmlns:dt="urn:datatypes" dt:type="int"/>

You can lookup the dt:type attribute using one argument (prefix and local name) or two arguments (local name and namespace URI):

String dt = reader.GetAttribute("dt:type");
String dt2 = reader.GetAttribute("type","urn:datatypes");

To lookup the xmlns:dt attribute, use one of the following arguments:

String dt3 = reader.GetAttribute("xmlns:dt");
String dt4 = reader.GetAttribute("dt",http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/);

You can also get this information using the Prefix property.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.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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