XmlReader.Value XmlReader.Value XmlReader.Value XmlReader.Value Property

Definition

When overridden in a derived class, gets the text value of the current node.

public:
 abstract property System::String ^ Value { System::String ^ get(); };
public abstract string Value { get; }
member this.Value : string
Public MustOverride ReadOnly Property Value As String
Property Value

The value returned depends on the NodeType of the node. The following table lists node types that have a value to return. All other node types return String.Empty.

Node type Value
Attribute The value of the attribute.
CDATA The content of the CDATA section.
Comment The content of the comment.
DocumentType The internal subset.
ProcessingInstruction The entire content, excluding the target.
SignificantWhitespace The white space between markup in a mixed content model.
Text The content of the text node.
Whitespace The white space between markup.
XmlDeclaration The content of the declaration.
Exceptions

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."

Examples

The following example reads an XML file and displays each of the nodes.

XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings();
settings.DtdProcessing = DtdProcessing.Parse;
XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("items.xml", settings);
  
reader.MoveToContent();
  // Parse the file and display each of the nodes.
  while (reader.Read()) {
    switch (reader.NodeType) {
      case XmlNodeType.Element:
          Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name);
          break;
      case XmlNodeType.Text:
          Console.Write(reader.Value);
          break;
       case XmlNodeType.CDATA:
           Console.Write("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction:
           Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.Comment:
           Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration:
           Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>");
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.Document:
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.DocumentType:
           Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.EntityReference:
           Console.Write(reader.Name);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
           Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name);
           break;
   } 
}
Dim settings As New XmlReaderSettings()
settings.DtdProcessing = DtdProcessing.Parse
Dim reader As XmlReader = XmlReader.Create("items.xml", settings)
reader.MoveToContent()
' Parse the file and display each of the nodes.
While reader.Read()
  Select Case reader.NodeType
    Case XmlNodeType.Element
      Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name)
    Case XmlNodeType.Text
      Console.Write(reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.CDATA
      Console.Write("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction
      Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.Comment
      Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration
      Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>")
    Case XmlNodeType.Document
    Case XmlNodeType.DocumentType
      Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value)
    Case XmlNodeType.EntityReference
      Console.Write(reader.Name)
    Case XmlNodeType.EndElement
      Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name)
  End Select
End While

The sample uses the items.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- This is a sample XML document -->
<!DOCTYPE Items [<!ENTITY number "123">]>
<Items>
  <Item>Test with an entity: &number;</Item>
  <Item>Test with a child element <more/> stuff</Item>
  <Item>Test with a CDATA section <![CDATA[<456>]]> def</Item>
  <Item>Test with a char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

Remarks

For the asynchronous version of this property, see the GetValueAsync method.

Applies to