ReadElementContentAsDateTime Method (String, String)

XmlReader.ReadElementContentAsDateTime Method (String, String)


Checks that the specified local name and namespace URI matches that of the current element, then reads the current element and returns the contents as a DateTime object.

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

Public Overridable Function ReadElementContentAsDateTime (
	localName As String,
	namespaceURI As String
) As Date


Type: System.String

The local name of the element.

Type: System.String

The namespace URI of the element.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime

The element contents as a DateTime object.

Exception Condition

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.


The specified local name and namespace URI do not match that of the current element being read.


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.”

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.

If the content is typed xsd:dateTime, the reader returns an unboxed DateTime object. If the content is not typed xsd:dateTime, the reader attempts to convert it to a DateTime object according to the rules defined by the W3C XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes recommendation.


You cannot rely on the DateTime.Year value when the content is typed as xsd:gMonthDay. XmlReader always sets the DateTime.Year value to 1904 in this case.

For more information, see the Remarks section of the XmlReader reference page.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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