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XmlSerializer Constructor (Type, XmlAttributeOverrides)

Initializes a new instance of the XmlSerializer class that can serialize objects of the specified type into XML documents, and deserialize XML documents into objects of the specified type. Each object to be serialized can itself contain instances of classes, which this overload can override with other classes.

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

public XmlSerializer(
	Type type,
	XmlAttributeOverrides overrides


Type: System.Type
The type of the object to serialize.
Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlAttributeOverrides
An XmlAttributeOverrides.

The overrides parameter can be used to control how fields and properties are encoded in XML. These settings override any attributes that already exist on the objects. This can be useful when the source code cannot be modified or multiple encodings are required for the same classes.

The following example serializes an instance of a class that is defined in a DLL and to do so, overrides the public members found in the DLL.

// Beginning of HighSchool.dll
namespace HighSchool
   public class Student
      public string Name;
      public int ID;

   public class MyClass
      public Student[] Students;

namespace College
   using System;
   using System.IO;
   using System.Xml;
   using System.Xml.Serialization; 
   using HighSchool;

    public class Graduate:HighSchool.Student
       public Graduate(){}
       // Add a new field named University.
       public string University;

   public class Run
      public static void Main()
         Run test = new Run();

      private void WriteOverriddenAttributes(string filename)
         // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
         TextWriter myStreamWriter = new StreamWriter(filename);
         // Create an XMLAttributeOverrides class.
         XmlAttributeOverrides attrOverrides = 
         new XmlAttributeOverrides();
         // Create the XmlAttributes class.
         XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();

         /* Override the Student class. "Alumni" is the name
         of the overriding element in the XML output. */
         XmlElementAttribute attr = 
         new XmlElementAttribute("Alumni", typeof(Graduate));

         /* Add the XmlElementAttribute to the collection of
         elements in the XmlAttributes object. */

         /* Add the XmlAttributes to the XmlAttributeOverrides. 
         "Students" is the name being overridden. */
         "Students", attrs);

         // Create the XmlSerializer. 
         XmlSerializer mySerializer = new XmlSerializer
         (typeof(HighSchool.MyClass), attrOverrides);

         MyClass myClass = new MyClass();

         Graduate g1 = new Graduate();
         g1.Name = "Jackie";
         g1.ID = 1;
         g1.University = "Alma Mater";

         Graduate g2 = new Graduate();
         g2.Name = "Megan";
         g2.ID = 2;
         g2.University = "CM";

         Student[] myArray = {g1,g2};
         myClass.Students = myArray;

         mySerializer.Serialize(myStreamWriter, myClass);

      private void ReadOverriddenAttributes(string filename)
         /* The majority of the code here is the same as that in the
         WriteOverriddenAttributes method. Because the XML being read
         doesn't conform to the schema defined by the DLL, the
         XMLAttributesOverrides must be used to create an 
         XmlSerializer instance to read the XML document.*/

         XmlAttributeOverrides attrOverrides = new 
         XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();
         XmlElementAttribute attr = 
         new XmlElementAttribute("Alumni", typeof(Graduate));
         "Students", attrs);

         XmlSerializer readSerializer = new XmlSerializer
         (typeof(HighSchool.MyClass), attrOverrides);

         // To read the file, a FileStream object is required. 
         FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open);

         MyClass myClass;

         myClass = (MyClass) readSerializer.Deserialize(fs);

         /* Here is the difference between reading and writing an 
         XML document: You must declare an object of the derived 
         type (Graduate) and cast the Student instance to it.*/
         Graduate g;

         foreach(Graduate grad in myClass.Students)
            g = (Graduate) grad;
            Console.Write(g.Name + "\t");
            Console.Write(g.ID + "\t");
            Console.Write(g.University + "\n");

.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.