I am working on event code 2011. I want to access a component attached to the page and update a field in that component. The component has two fields (Body and BodyImagePublish), both are text field. I know the code to read the component and acess its field but i don't know why the field shows null even if the component's [Body] field has the value(value is basically a xml)

The code is as below

      //Getting the component attached to this page
            page2 = (Tridion.ContentManager.CommunicationManagement.Page)publication.GetObject(uRI);
            //Getting the component as i want to read the [Body] field. Body has the xml  
            compToUpdate = page2.ComponentPresentations[0].Component;
            //I checked in the log generated by below statement that i am getting the tcm id of the component which has the values
            EventHelper.WriteEventToHTMLLog("comtoUpdate string: " + compToUpdate.ToString());
            //But the below condition does not satisfy, i opened the component and am sure that there is value in the body field
            if (compToUpdate.Content["Body"].Value != null)
                //this condition does not  get satisfied which means that the component is null
            //I also tried the below code from TOM.NET API chm file, but it throws error
            ItemFields contentFields = new ItemFields(compToUpdate.Content, compToUpdate.Schema);
            TextField myTextField = (TextField)contentFields["Body"];
            string myTextFieldValue = myTextField.Value;
            EventHelper.WriteEventToHTMLLog("comtoUpdate body field: " + myTextFieldValue);

Please help me.

  • 1
    What is the value of compToUpdate.Content? It should return an XML document.
    – robrtc
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:26
  • Perhaps the XML name of the field is something other than "Body"? Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:28
  • @robrtc - The value of content comes as System.Xml.XmlElement and comptoUpdate.Metadata comes as blank. Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:49
  • @Nickoli- The name of the field is Body only. Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:49
  • 1
    No, indeed. You need to do Component.Content = contentFields.ToXml() after all your changes. Content is a "disconnected" collection
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


answering the last comment to Nuno:

you can try below code, can adjust accordingly for checkout/checkin of the component. I havn't tested it so adjustments could be needed.

XDocument doc;
XElement xmlData;

string fieldName = "Body";
string fieldValue = "New Body Value";
doc = XDocument.Parse(compToUpdate.Content.OuterXml);
xmlData = doc.Root;
var newDoc = new XmlDocument();
XNamespace ns = xmlData.GetDefaultNamespace();
if (xmlData.Descendants(ns + fieldName).Count() > 0)
    xmlData.Descendants(ns + fieldName).SingleOrDefault().Value = fieldValue;

    compToUpdate.Content = newDoc.DocumentElement;


EDIT by Nuno

Or you could acheve the same with the ItemFields class:

ItemFields content = new ItemFields(compToUpdate.Content, compToUpdate.Schema);
XhtmlField body = (XhtmlField) content["Body"];
body.Value = "some new value";
compToUpdate.Content = content.ToXml();

Since this is in an Event, I would not call Save(), and instead just modify the component in the Initiated phase and let Tridion do the save as normal.


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