XPS Packaging Policy Sample

The XpsFlatFile sample shows how to implement a custom derived override of the BasePackagingPolicy class that serializes XPS documents to a different type of physical data store.

The default packaging policy provided with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) uses Zip files (based on the ZipPackage class) as the physical store for writing and reading XpsDocument files. The XpsFlatFile sample implements a custom derived BasePackagingPolicy class to serialize the content of XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents to a non-zipped flat-file organization. The XpsFlatFile sample operates similar to the Creating an XPS Document Sample, however instead of writing the to a Zip file, the XPS document parts are written to an unzipped "\Output" folder. (By zipping the \Output folder and its subdirectories, and then renaming the file name extension to ".xps", you can view the XPS document by using the standard XpsViewer application.)

By implementing a custom BasePackagingPolicy override, the physical store for XPS document serialization can be easily changed. For more information about the XpsFlatFile sample, see the "XpsFlatFile.doc" file provided with the sample source code.

This sample demonstrates a specific feature of the WPF and, consequently, does not follow application development best practices. For comprehensive coverage of WPF and Microsoft .NET Framework application development best practices, refer to the following as appropriate:

Accessibility - Accessibility Best Practices

Security - WPF Security

Localization - WPF Globalization and Localization Overview

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