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XmlWriter.WriteAttributeString Method (String, String)

When overridden in a derived class, writes out the attribute with the specified local name and value.

Namespace:  System.Xml
Assemblies:   System.Xml.ReaderWriter (in System.Xml.ReaderWriter.dll)
  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public void WriteAttributeString(
	string localName,
	string value
)

Parameters

localName
Type: System.String

The local name of the attribute.

value
Type: System.String

The value of the attribute.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The state of writer is not WriteState.Element or writer is closed.

ArgumentException

The xml:space or xml:lang attribute value is invalid.

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.”

WriteAttributeString does the following:

  • If the attribute value includes double or single quotes, they are replaced with " and ' respectively.

  • If writing an xml:space attribute, the writer verifies the attribute value is valid. (Valid values are preserve or default.)

  • If writing an xml:lang attribute, the writer does not verify that the attribute value is valid according to the W3C XML 1.0 recommendation.

For the asynchronous version of this method, see WriteAttributeStringAsync.

The following example writes out a book.

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: 4.6, 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

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: 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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