XmlReader.GetAttribute Method (String, String)

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When overridden in a derived class, gets the value of the attribute with the specified LocalName and NamespaceURI.

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


Public MustOverride Function GetAttribute ( _
    name As String, _
    namespaceURI As String _
) As String
public abstract string GetAttribute(
    string name,
    string namespaceURI


Return Value

Type: System..::.String
The value of the specified attribute. If the attribute is not found or the value is String.Empty, nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is returned. This method does not move the reader.


Exception Condition

name is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The following XML contains an attribute in a specific namespace:

<test xmlns:dt="urn:datatypes" dt:type="int"/>

You can lookup the dt:type attribute using one argument (prefix and local name) or two arguments (local name and namespace URI):

String dt = reader.GetAttribute("dt:type");
String dt2 = reader.GetAttribute("type","urn:datatypes");

To lookup the xmlns:dt attribute, use one of the following arguments:

String dt3 = reader.GetAttribute("xmlns:dt");
String dt4 = reader.GetAttribute("dt",http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/);

You can also get this information using the Prefix property.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

See Also


XmlReader Class

GetAttribute Overload

System.Xml Namespace