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SettingsSerializeAsAttribute Class

Specifies the serialization mechanism that the settings provider should use. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.Configuration
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Property)]
public sealed class SettingsSerializeAsAttribute : Attribute

A settings provider often supports more than one of the .NET Framework standard serialization schemes. These schemes are outlined by the SettingsSerializeAs enumeration, and include plain text, XML, and binary serialization. In addition, a provider may optionally support a custom serialization scheme.

With the SettingsSerializeAsAttribute, you can specify which serialization mechanism should be used for a given application settings class or property. This attribute is considered a request to the settings provider. It may be ignored or cause an error if the provider or the individual property type does not support the specified serialization scheme. If this attribute is not present, the provider will usually provide a default serialization mechanism, most commonly plain text.

Although the settings provider may provide a way to dynamically change the serialization mechanism during run time, this is not a typical capability.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Configuration.SettingsSerializeAsAttribute
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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