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, 18 Oct 2011 CPOL
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How to format unformatted XML string easily with LINQ.

This is very basic to most, but I thought of sharing this with those who are looking for a simple way to format unformatted XML strings.

With the use of the System.Xml.Linq namespace, you can represent the XML element and its string representation as follows:

// Unformated XML string
string strUnformattedXML = 
  "<car><make>Nissan</make><model>Bluebird Sylphy" + 
  "</model><year>2007</year></car>";
 
// Load the XElement from a string that contains XML representation
XElement xElement = XElement.Parse(strUnformattedXML);
 
// Returns the intended XML and display
string strFormattedXML = xElement.ToString();
Console.WriteLine(strFormattedXML);

The output is:

<car>
  <make>Nissan</make>
  <model>Bluebird Sylphy</model>
  <year>2007</year>
</car>

However, the XML declaration is not returned by ToString(). Save the file and open.

XElement.Parse(strUnformattedXML).Save(@"C:\temp.xml");
Console.WriteLine(File.ReadAllText(@"C:\temp.xml"));

Then the output is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<car>
  <make>Nissan</make>
  <model>Bluebird Sylphy</model>
  <year>2007</year>
</car>

Note: Make sure that the following namespaces are included beforehand:

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

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QuestionWrong output snippet? PinmemberJohn Whitmire18-Oct-11 9:49 
AnswerRe: Wrong output snippet? PinmemberCodingLover18-Oct-11 18:52 

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