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XmlAttributes.XmlEnum Property

Gets or sets an object that specifies how the XmlSerializer serializes an enumeration member.

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

'Declaration
Public Property XmlEnum As XmlEnumAttribute
	Get
	Set

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlEnumAttribute
An XmlEnumAttribute that specifies how the XmlSerializer serializes an enumeration member.

For each identifier you want to override, you must create an XmlAttributes object, and set the XmlEnum property to an XmlEnumAttribute that overrides the identifier. Add the XmlAttributes object to the XmlAttributeOverrides object and specify both the Type of the class that contains the enumeration, and the overridden member name.

The following example serializes two classes named Food and FoodType. The FoodType class contains two enumerations that are overridden and, for each enumeration, the example creates an XmlEnumAttribute object that it assigns to the XmlEnum property of an XmlAttributes object. The example then adds the XmlAttributes object to an XmlAttributeOverrides object, which is used to create an XmlSerializer.


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Xml.Serialization


' This is the class that will be serialized.
Public Class Food
    Public Type As FoodType
End Class

Public Enum FoodType
    ' Subsequent code overrides these enumerations.
    Low
    High
End Enum


Public Class Run

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim test As New Run()
        test.SerializeObject("OverrideEnum.xml")
        test.DeserializeObject("OverrideEnum.xml")
    End Sub


    ' Return an XmlSerializer used for overriding. 
    Public Function CreateOverrider() As XmlSerializer
        ' Create the XmlAttributeOverrides and XmlAttributes objects.
        Dim xOver As New XmlAttributeOverrides()
        Dim xAttrs As New XmlAttributes()

        ' Add an XmlEnumAttribute for the FoodType.Low enumeration.
        Dim xEnum As New XmlEnumAttribute()
        xEnum.Name = "Cold"
        xAttrs.XmlEnum = xEnum
        xOver.Add(GetType(FoodType), "Low", xAttrs)

        ' Add an XmlEnumAttribute for the FoodType.High enumeration.
        xAttrs = New XmlAttributes()
        xEnum = New XmlEnumAttribute()
        xEnum.Name = "Hot"
        xAttrs.XmlEnum = xEnum
        xOver.Add(GetType(FoodType), "High", xAttrs)

        ' Create the XmlSerializer, and return it.
        Return New XmlSerializer(GetType(Food), xOver)
    End Function


    Public Sub SerializeObject(ByVal filename As String)
        ' Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
        Dim mySerializer As XmlSerializer = CreateOverrider()
        ' Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
        Dim writer As New StreamWriter(filename)

        ' Create an instance of the class that will be serialized.
        Dim myFood As New Food()

        ' Set the object properties.
        myFood.Type = FoodType.High

        ' Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
        mySerializer.Serialize(writer, myFood)
        writer.Close()
    End Sub


    Public Sub DeserializeObject(ByVal filename As String)
        Dim mySerializer As XmlSerializer = CreateOverrider()
        Dim fs As New FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open)
        Dim myFood As Food = CType(mySerializer.Deserialize(fs), Food)

        Console.WriteLine(myFood.Type)
    End Sub
End Class



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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