DesignerSerializerAttribute Class


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Indicates a serializer for the serialization manager to use to serialize the values of the type this attribute is applied to. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class | AttributeTargets.Interface, 
	AllowMultiple = true, Inherited = true)]
public sealed class DesignerSerializerAttribute : Attribute

System_CAPS_pubmethodDesignerSerializerAttribute(String, String)

Initializes a new instance of the DesignerSerializerAttribute class.

System_CAPS_pubmethodDesignerSerializerAttribute(String, Type)

Initializes a new instance of the DesignerSerializerAttribute class.

System_CAPS_pubmethodDesignerSerializerAttribute(Type, Type)

Initializes a new instance of the DesignerSerializerAttribute class.


Gets the fully qualified type name of the serializer base type.


Gets the fully qualified type name of the serializer.


Indicates a unique ID for this attribute type.(Overrides Attribute.TypeId.)


This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

DesignerSerializerAttribute provides a way to indicate to the designer serialization manager that a specific type of serializer should be used when serializing the values of an object. This allows you to specify a serializer that is capable of serializing a custom type, for instance. Place this attribute on a class to indicate the serialization object to use when serializing the class.

The following code uses a DesignerSerializerAttribute to associate an example serializer with an example component.

   [DesignerSerializerAttribute(typeof(ExampleSerializer), typeof(CodeDomSerializer))]
public class ExampleControl : System.Windows.Forms.UserControl
	public ExampleControl()


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

Any public static ( Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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