XmlWriter.WriteProcessingInstruction(String, String) XmlWriter.WriteProcessingInstruction(String, String) XmlWriter.WriteProcessingInstruction(String, String) XmlWriter.WriteProcessingInstruction(String, String) Method

Definition

When overridden in a derived class, writes out a processing instruction with a space between the name and text as follows: <?name text?>.

public:
 abstract void WriteProcessingInstruction(System::String ^ name, System::String ^ text);
public abstract void WriteProcessingInstruction (string name, string text);
abstract member WriteProcessingInstruction : string * string -> unit
Public MustOverride Sub WriteProcessingInstruction (name As String, text As String)

Parameters

name
String String String String

The name of the processing instruction.

text
String String String String

The text to include in the processing instruction.

Exceptions

The text would result in a non-well formed XML document.

name is either null or String.Empty.

This method is being used to create an XML declaration after WriteStartDocument() has already been called.

An XmlWriter 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 writes an XML file representing a book.

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

public class Sample {

  private const string filename = "sampledata.xml";

  public static void Main() {
  
     XmlWriterSettings settings = new XmlWriterSettings();
     settings.Indent = true;
     XmlWriter writer = XmlWriter.Create(filename, settings);

     // Write the Processing Instruction node.
     String PItext="type=\"text/xsl\" href=\"book.xsl\"";
     writer.WriteProcessingInstruction("xml-stylesheet", PItext);

     // Write the DocumentType node.
     writer.WriteDocType("book", null , null, "<!ENTITY h \"hardcover\">");
        
     // Write a Comment node.
     writer.WriteComment("sample XML");
    
     // Write the root element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("book");

     // Write the genre attribute.
     writer.WriteAttributeString("genre", "novel");
    
     // Write the ISBN attribute.
     writer.WriteAttributeString("ISBN", "1-8630-014");

     // Write the title.
     writer.WriteElementString("title", "The Handmaid's Tale");
              
     // Write the style element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("style");
     writer.WriteEntityRef("h");
     writer.WriteEndElement(); 

     // Write the price.
     writer.WriteElementString("price", "19.95");

     // Write CDATA.
     writer.WriteCData("Prices 15% off!!");

     // Write the close tag for the root element.
     writer.WriteEndElement();
             
     writer.WriteEndDocument();

     // Write the XML to file and close the writer.
     writer.Flush();
     writer.Close();  
  }

}
Option Strict
Option Explicit

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml

Public Class Sample
    Private Const filename As String = "sampledata.xml"
    
  Public Shared Sub Main()

     Dim settings As XmlWriterSettings = new XmlWriterSettings()
     settings.Indent = true
     Dim writer As XmlWriter = XmlWriter.Create(filename, settings)
        
     ' Write the Processing Instruction node.
     Dim PItext As String = "type=""text/xsl"" href=""book.xsl"""
     writer.WriteProcessingInstruction("xml-stylesheet", PItext)
        
     'Write the DocumentType node.
     writer.WriteDocType("book", Nothing, Nothing, "<!ENTITY h ""hardcover"">")
        
     ' Write a Comment node.
     writer.WriteComment("sample XML")
        
     ' Write the root element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("book")
        
     ' Write the genre attribute
     writer.WriteAttributeString("genre", "novel")
        
     ' Write the ISBN attribute.
     writer.WriteAttributeString("ISBN", "1-8630-014")
        
     ' Write the title.
     writer.WriteElementString("title", "The Handmaid's Tale")
        
     ' Write the style element.
     writer.WriteStartElement("style")
     writer.WriteEntityRef("h")
     writer.WriteEndElement()
       
     ' Write the price.
     writer.WriteElementString("price", "19.95")
        
     ' Write CDATA.
     writer.WriteCData("Prices 15% off!!")
        
     ' Write the close tag for the root element.
     writer.WriteEndElement()
        
     writer.WriteEndDocument()
        
     ' Write the XML to file and close the writer
     writer.Flush()
     writer.Close()
        
    End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample

Remarks

This method can be used to write the XML declaration (rather than WriteStartDocument). This could result in the encoding attribute being incorrectly written. For example, the following C# code would result in an invalid XML document because the default encoding is UTF-8.

XmlWriter writer = XmlWriter.Create("output.xml");  
writer.WriteProcessingInstruction("xml", "version='1.0' encoding='UTF-16'");  
writer.WriteStartElement("root");  
writer.Close();  

If text is either null or String.Empty, this method writes a ProcessingInstruction with no data content, for example <?name?>.

If text contains an invalid sequence of "?>", the XmlWriter can either throw an ArgumentException (XmlTextWriter objects) or insert a space "? >" to avoid writing invalid XML (XmlWriter objects created by the Create method).

For the asynchronous version of this method, see WriteProcessingInstructionAsync.

Applies to