Convert xml (not standard) to html

mtran888
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Hi,

I request a web service to get a stream of xml whose content i saved in the attached file.
I have this content xml file . suppose i have this stream  saved into XML, and I create XDocument:  
XDocument doc = XDocument.Parse(xml);

 var user = from u in doc.Elements("a:string")
                                       select u;
When i run it, it has exception: ":" not allowed.

My goal is to get the u1,u3,u2,u5,u7 between <a:string>...<a:string>.



Since i got the data which is dynamic changing for different service i made a call.

Which approach i should use: using XSLT or LINQ via XML?

Thanks,
Tran
basicusers.xml
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Use an XNamespace. Also, you need to use the Descendants method rather than the Elements method. Elements is for immediate children; Descendants is for any generation of child.

XDocument doc = XDocument.Load("basicusers.xml");
XNamespace ns = "http://schemas.microsoft.com/2003/10/Serialization/Arrays";

var user = from u in doc.Descendants(ns + "string")
            select u;

foreach (var u in user)
{
    Console.WriteLine(u.Value);
}

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Commented:
Alternatively, use braces around the namespace:

XDocument doc = XDocument.Load("basicusers.xml");

var user = from u in doc.Descendants("{http://schemas.microsoft.com/2003/10/Serialization/Arrays}string")
            select u;

foreach (var u in user)
{
    Console.WriteLine(u.Value);
}

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Commented:
Hi Gentlemen,

Thanks for your solution.

I wonder if you  folks can suggest any good book on XML programming?

Regards,
Tran
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Commented:
Honestly, all the XML knowledge I've picked up has been found online. I usually end up at W3Schools.

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