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XmlAttributeOverrides.Add Method (Type, XmlAttributes)

Adds an XmlAttributes object to the collection of XmlAttributes objects. The type parameter specifies an object to be overridden by the XmlAttributes object.

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

public void Add(
	Type type,
	XmlAttributes attributes


Type: System.Type
The Type of the object that is overridden.
Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlAttributes
An XmlAttributes object that represents the overriding attributes.

The XmlAttributes object contains a union of attribute objects that cause the XmlSerializer to override its default serialization behavior for a set of objects. You choose the attribute objects to place in the XmlAttributes object, depending on the particular behaviors you want to override. For example, the XmlSerializer serializes a class member as an XML element by default. If you want the member to be serialized as an XM attribute instead, you would create an XmlAttributeAttribute, assign it to the XmlAttribute property of an XmlAttributes, and add the XmlAttributes object to the XmlAttributeOverrides object.

Use this overload to override an XmlRootAttribute or XmlTypeAttribute.

The following example serializes a class named Band which is derived from a class named Orchestra. The example creates an XmlRootAttribute object, and assigns it to the XmlRoot property of an XmlAttributes object. The example then calls the Add method to add the XmlAttributes object to the XmlAttributeOverrides object.

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

/* This is the class that will be overridden. The XmlIncludeAttribute 
tells the XmlSerializer that the overriding type exists. */

public class Orchestra
   public Instrument[] Instruments;

// This is the overriding class.
public class Band:Orchestra
   public string BandName;

public class Instrument
   public string Name;

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

    public void SerializeObject(string filename)
      /* Each object that is being overridden requires 
      an XmlAttributes object. */
      XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();

      // An XmlRootAttribute allows overriding the Orchestra class.
      XmlRootAttribute xmlRoot = new XmlRootAttribute();

      // Set the object to the XmlAttribute.XmlRoot property.
      attrs.XmlRoot = xmlRoot;

      // Create an XmlAttributeOverrides object.
      XmlAttributeOverrides attrOverrides = 
      new XmlAttributeOverrides();

      // Add the XmlAttributes to the XmlAttributeOverrrides.
      attrOverrides.Add(typeof(Orchestra), attrs);

      // Create the XmlSerializer using the XmlAttributeOverrides.
      XmlSerializer s = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(Orchestra), attrOverrides);

      // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);

      // Create the object using the derived class.
      Band band = new Band();
      band.BandName = "NewBand";

      // Create an Instrument.
      Instrument i = new Instrument();
      i.Name = "Trumpet";
      Instrument[] myInstruments = {i};
      band.Instruments = myInstruments;

      // Serialize the object.

   public void DeserializeObject(string filename)
      XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();
      XmlRootAttribute attr = new XmlRootAttribute();
      attrs.XmlRoot = attr;
      XmlAttributeOverrides attrOverrides = 
         new XmlAttributeOverrides();

      attrOverrides.Add(typeof(Orchestra), "Instruments", attrs);

      XmlSerializer s = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(Orchestra), attrOverrides);

      FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open);

      // Deserialize the Band object.
      Band band = (Band) s.Deserialize(fs);

      foreach(Instrument i in band.Instruments) 

.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.