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XmlArrayAttribute.ElementName Property

Gets or sets the XML element name given to the serialized array.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Serialization
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public string ElementName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The XML element name of the serialized array. The default is the name of the member to which the XmlArrayAttribute is assigned.

Specify an ElementName when you want the generated XML element name to differ from the member's identifier.

You can set the same ElementName value to more than one member as long as the generated XML document uses XML namespaces to distinguish between the identically named members. For more details about using namespaces and creating prefixed names in the XML document, see XmlSerializerNamespaces.

The following example serializes an instance of the Library class that contains a property named Books that returns an array of Book items. The example uses the ElementName property to specify that the array of XML elements should be named My_Books rather than Books.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

public class Library
{
   private Book[] books;
   [XmlArray(ElementName="My_Books")]
   public Book[] Books
   {
      get{return books;}
      set{books = value;}
   }
}

public class Book
{
   public string Title;
   public string Author;
   public string ISBN;
}

public class Run
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Run test = new Run();
      test.WriteBook("ArrayExample.xml");
   }

   public void WriteBook(string filename)
   {
      XmlSerializer mySerializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Library));
      TextWriter t = new StreamWriter(filename);
      XmlSerializerNamespaces ns = new XmlSerializerNamespaces();
      ns.Add("bk", "http://wwww.contoso.com");

      Book b1 = new Book();
      b1.Title = "MyBook Title";
      b1.Author = "An Author";
      b1.ISBN = "00000000";

      Book b2 = new Book();
      b2.Title = "Another Title";
      b2.Author = "Another Author";
      b2.ISBN = "0000000";

      Library myLibrary = new Library();
      Book[] myBooks = {b1,b2};
      myLibrary.Books = myBooks;

      mySerializer.Serialize(t,myLibrary,ns);
      t.Close();
   }
}
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
using namespace System::Xml::Serialization;

public __gc class Book
{
public:
   String* Title;
   String* Author;
   String* ISBN;
};

public __gc class Library
{
private:
   Book* books[];
public:
   [XmlArray(ElementName=S"My_Books")]
   __property Book*get_Books()[]{return books;}
   __property void set_Books( Book* value[] ){books = value;}

};

int main()
{
   String* filename = S"ArrayExample.xml";
   XmlSerializer* mySerializer = new XmlSerializer(__typeof(Library));
   TextWriter* t = new StreamWriter(filename);
   XmlSerializerNamespaces* ns = new XmlSerializerNamespaces();
   ns->Add(S"bk", S"http://wwww.contoso.com");

   Book* b1 = new Book();
   b1->Title = S"MyBook Title";
   b1->Author = S"An Author";
   b1->ISBN = S"00000000";

   Book* b2 = new Book();
   b2->Title = S"Another Title";
   b2->Author = S"Another Author";
   b2->ISBN = S"0000000";

   Library* myLibrary = new Library();
   Book* myBooks[] = {b1,b2};
   myLibrary->Books = myBooks;

   mySerializer->Serialize(t,myLibrary,ns);
   t->Close();
}

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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