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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)

	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
#using <System.Xml.dll>
#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
using namespace System::Xml::Serialization;

namespace HighSchool
   public ref class Student
      String^ Name;
      int ID;

   public ref class MyClass

namespace College

using namespace HighSchool;
   public ref class Graduate: public HighSchool::Student

      // Add a new field named University.
      String^ University;

   public ref class Run
      static void main()
         Run^ test = gcnew Run;
         test->WriteOverriddenAttributes( "College.xml" );
         test->ReadOverriddenAttributes( "College.xml" );

      void WriteOverriddenAttributes( String^ filename )
         // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
         TextWriter^ myStreamWriter = gcnew StreamWriter( filename );

         // Create an XMLAttributeOverrides class.
         XmlAttributeOverrides^ attrOverrides = gcnew XmlAttributeOverrides;

         // Create the XmlAttributes class.
         XmlAttributes^ attrs = gcnew XmlAttributes;

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

         /* Add the XmlElementAttribute to the collection of
               elements in the XmlAttributes object. */
         attrs->XmlElements->Add( attr );

         /* Add the XmlAttributes to the XmlAttributeOverrides. 
               "Students" is the name being overridden. */
         attrOverrides->Add( HighSchool::MyClass::typeid, "Students", attrs );

         // Create the XmlSerializer. 
         XmlSerializer^ mySerializer = gcnew XmlSerializer( HighSchool::MyClass::typeid,attrOverrides );
         MyClass ^ myClass = gcnew MyClass;
         Graduate^ g1 = gcnew Graduate;
         g1->Name = "Jackie";
         g1->ID = 1;
         g1->University = "Alma Mater";
         Graduate^ g2 = gcnew Graduate;
         g2->Name = "Megan";
         g2->ID = 2;
         g2->University = "CM";
         array<Student^>^myArray = {g1,g2};
         myClass->Students = myArray;
         mySerializer->Serialize( myStreamWriter, myClass );

      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 = gcnew XmlAttributeOverrides;
         XmlAttributes^ attrs = gcnew XmlAttributes;
         XmlElementAttribute^ attr = gcnew XmlElementAttribute( "Alumni",Graduate::typeid );
         attrs->XmlElements->Add( attr );
         attrOverrides->Add( HighSchool::MyClass::typeid, "Students", attrs );
         XmlSerializer^ readSerializer = gcnew XmlSerializer( HighSchool::MyClass::typeid,attrOverrides );

         // To read the file, a FileStream object is required. 
         FileStream^ fs = gcnew FileStream( filename,FileMode::Open );
         MyClass ^ myClass;
         myClass = dynamic_cast<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;
         System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = myClass->Students->GetEnumerator();
         while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
            Graduate^ grad = safe_cast<Graduate^>(myEnum->Current);
            g = dynamic_cast<Graduate^>(grad);
            Console::Write( "{0}\t", g->Name );
            Console::Write( "{0}\t", g->ID );
            Console::Write( "{0}\n", g->University );

int main()

.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.