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Get Attribute With Conversion

//License:  Microsoft Permissive License (Ms-PL) v1.1  
using System;
using System.Xml;

namespace ValidationFramework.Extensions
    public static class XmlElementExtensions
        /// <summary>
        /// weakly typed
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="element"></param>
        /// <param name="key"></param>
        /// <returns></returns>
        internal static object GetAttributeWithConversion(this XmlElement element, Type typeToConvertTo, string key)
            if (!element.HasAttribute(key))
                throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException(string.Format("The key '{0}' cannot be found in xml element.", key));

            var stringValue = element.GetAttribute(key);

            var converter = System.ComponentModel.TypeDescriptor.GetConverter(typeToConvertTo);

            return converter.ConvertFromString(stringValue);


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