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XmlReader.MoveToContent Method

Checks whether the current node is a content (non-white space text, CDATA, Element, EndElement, EntityReference, or EndEntity) node. If the node is not a content node, the reader skips ahead to the next content node or end of file. It skips over nodes of the following type: ProcessingInstruction, DocumentType, Comment, Whitespace, or SignificantWhitespace.

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

public virtual XmlNodeType MoveToContent ()
public XmlNodeType MoveToContent ()
public function MoveToContent () : XmlNodeType

Return Value

The NodeType of the current node found by the method or XmlNodeType.None if the reader has reached the end of the input stream.

Exception typeCondition

XmlException

Incorrect XML encountered in the input stream.

If the current node is an attribute node, this method moves the reader back to the element that owns the attribute.

This is useful when you want to write code that can skip over random XML markup without breaking. For example, suppose you have the following code:

if (reader.MoveToContent() == XmlNodeType.Element && reader.Name == "price") 
 {
    _price = reader.ReadString();
 }

if (reader.MoveToContent().Equals(XmlNodeType.Element) && 
    reader.get_Name().Equals("price")) {
    _price = reader.ReadString();
}

This code can handle the following inputs without breaking:

<price>123.4</price>

and

<?xml version="1.0"><!DOCTYPE price SYSTEM
  "abc"><price>123.4</price>

and

<?xml version="1.0"><!DOCTYPE price SYSTEM "abc"
  [<!ENTTIY p
  "123.4">]><price>&p;</price>

and

<!-- some test comment --><?processing
  instruction?><price>123.4</price>

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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