XmlTextReader.Value XmlTextReader.Value XmlTextReader.Value XmlTextReader.Value Property

Definition

Gets the text value of the current node.

public:
 virtual property System::String ^ Value { System::String ^ get(); };
public override string Value { get; }
member this.Value : string
Public Overrides 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 within an xml:space= 'preserve' scope.
Text The content of the text node.
Whitespace The white space between markup.
XmlDeclaration The content of the declaration.

Examples

The following example reads an XML file and displays each node.

#using <System.Xml.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
int main()
{
   XmlTextReader^ reader = nullptr;
   String^ filename = "items.xml";
   try
   {
      
      // Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
      reader = gcnew XmlTextReader( filename );
      reader->WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling::None;
      
      // 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;
         }
      }
   }
   finally
   {
      if ( reader != nullptr )
            reader->Close();
   }

}

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample {

  private const String filename = "items.xml";

  public static void Main() {
  
     XmlTextReader reader = null;

     try {
       
        // Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
        reader = new XmlTextReader(filename);
        reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None;

        // 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;
           }       
        }           
     }

     finally {
        if (reader!=null)
          reader.Close();
     }
  }
} // End class
Option Strict
Option Explicit

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml

'Reads an XML document
Public Class Sample
    Private Const filename As String = "items.xml"
    
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim reader As XmlTextReader = Nothing
        
        Try
            ' Load the reader with the data file and ignore all white space nodes.         
            reader = New XmlTextReader(filename)
            reader.WhitespaceHandling = WhitespaceHandling.None
            
            ' 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
        
        Finally
            If Not (reader Is Nothing) Then
                reader.Close()
            End If
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample

The sample uses the file items.xml.


<?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 an char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>

Remarks

Note

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, we recommend that you create XmlReader instances by using the XmlReader.Create method to take advantage of new functionality.

Applies to

See also