ReadElementContentAs Method (Type, IXmlNamespaceResolver)

XmlReader.ReadElementContentAs Method (Type, IXmlNamespaceResolver)

Reads the element content as the requested type.

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

public virtual Object ReadElementContentAs(
	Type returnType,
	IXmlNamespaceResolver namespaceResolver


Type: System.Type

The type of the value to be returned.

Note   With the release of the .NET Framework 3.5, the value of the returnType parameter can now be the DateTimeOffset type.

Type: System.Xml.IXmlNamespaceResolver

An IXmlNamespaceResolver object that is used to resolve any namespace prefixes related to type conversion.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The element content converted to the requested typed object.


The XmlReader is not positioned on an element.


The current element contains child elements.


The element content cannot be converted to the requested type.


The method is called with null arguments.


Read Decimal.MaxValue.

This method reads the start tag, the contents of the element, and moves the reader past the end element tag. It expands entities and ignores processing instructions and comments. The element can only contain simple content. That is, it cannot have child elements.

For more information, see Reading Typed Data and the W3C XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes recommendation.

The following example uses the ReadElementContentAs method to read the content of the date node.

  using (XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("dataFile.xml")) {
       DateTime date = (DateTime) reader.ReadElementContentAs(typeof(System.DateTime), null);
       // If the current culture is "en-US",
       // this writes "Wednesday, January 8, 2003".

The example uses the dataFile.xml file as input.

     <?some pi?>
      text value of the element.

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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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