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XmlWriter.WriteStartElement Method (String, String, String)

When overridden in a derived class, writes the specified start tag and associates it with the given namespace and prefix.

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

public abstract void WriteStartElement(
	string prefix,
	string localName,
	string ns
)

Parameters

prefix
Type: System.String

The namespace prefix of the element.

localName
Type: System.String

The local name of the element.

ns
Type: System.String

The namespace URI to associate with the element.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The writer is closed.

EncoderFallbackException

There is a character in the buffer that is a valid XML character but is not valid for the output encoding. For example, if the output encoding is ASCII, you should only use characters from the range of 0 to 127 for element and attribute names. The invalid character might be in the argument of this method or in an argument of previous methods that were writing to the buffer. Such characters are escaped by character entity references when possible (for example, in text nodes or attribute values). However, the character entity reference is not allowed in element and attribute names, comments, processing instructions, or CDATA sections.

InvalidOperationException

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.”

For the asynchronous version of this method, see WriteStartElementAsync.

The following example writes out an XML fragment.

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

 public class Sample
 {
   private const string m_Document = "sampledata.xml";

   public static void Main() {

      XmlWriter writer = null;

      try {

        XmlWriterSettings settings = new XmlWriterSettings();
        settings.Indent = true;
        writer = XmlWriter.Create (m_Document, settings);

        writer.WriteComment("sample XML fragment");

        // Write an element (this one is the root).
        writer.WriteStartElement("book");

        // Write the namespace declaration.
        writer.WriteAttributeString("xmlns", "bk", null, "urn:samples");

        // Write the genre attribute.
        writer.WriteAttributeString("genre", "novel");

        // Write the title.
        writer.WriteStartElement("title");
        writer.WriteString("The Handmaid's Tale");
        writer.WriteEndElement();

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

        // Lookup the prefix and write the ISBN element. 
        string prefix = writer.LookupPrefix("urn:samples");
        writer.WriteStartElement(prefix, "ISBN", "urn:samples");
        writer.WriteString("1-861003-78");
        writer.WriteEndElement();

        // Write the style element (shows a different way to handle prefixes).
        writer.WriteElementString("style", "urn:samples", "hardcover");

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

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

      finally {
        if (writer != null)
           writer.Close();
     } 
   }

 }

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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