XmlWriter.WriteChars Method

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When overridden in a derived class, writes text one buffer at a time.

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


Public MustOverride Sub WriteChars ( _
    buffer As Char(), _
    index As Integer, _
    count As Integer _
public abstract void WriteChars(
    char[] buffer,
    int index,
    int count


  • buffer
    Type: array<System.Char[]
    Character array containing the text to write.
  • index
    Type: System.Int32
    The position in the buffer indicating the start of the text to write.
  • count
    Type: System.Int32
    The number of characters to write.


Exception Condition

buffer is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


index or count is less than zero.


The buffer length minus index is less than count; the call results in surrogate pair characters being split or an invalid surrogate pair being written.


The buffer parameter value is not valid.


index is outside the bounds of the buffer.


This method can be used to write large amounts of text one buffer at a time.

Special handling must be done to ensure the WriteChars method does not split surrogate pair characters across multiple buffer writes. The XML specification defines the valid ranges for surrogate pairs.

An exception is thrown if surrogate pair characters are written that would result in the surrogate pair characters being split in the buffer.


                StringBuilder output = new StringBuilder();

                // Output to StringBuilder
                using (XmlWriter writer = XmlWriter.Create(output))

                    char[] ch = new char[4];
                    ch[0] = 't';
                    ch[1] = 'e';
                    ch[2] = 'x';
                    ch[3] = 't';

                    writer.WriteChars(ch, 0, ch.Length);
                OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString();

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


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