XmlReader.ReadStartElement Method (String, String)

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Checks that the current content node is an element with the given LocalName and NamespaceURI and advances the reader to the next node.

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


Public Overridable Sub ReadStartElement ( _
    localname As String, _
    ns As String _
public virtual void ReadStartElement(
    string localname,
    string ns



Exception Condition

IsStartElement returns false, or the LocalName and NamespaceURI properties of the element found do not match the given arguments.


A call to this method corresponds to a call to IsStartElement followed by a call to Read.

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


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.