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Formatter Class

Provides base functionality for the common language runtime serialization formatters.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

Namespace:  System.Runtime.Serialization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

<SerializableAttribute> _
<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
<CLSCompliantAttribute(False)> _
Public MustInherit Class Formatter _
	Implements IFormatter
Dim instance As Formatter

Formatter is the abstract base class for all runtime serialization formatters, and provides some helper methods for implementing the IFormatter interface. The Formatter also manages queuing objects for serialization and generating IDs on a per-object basis.

Notes to Inheritors:

When you inherit from Formatter, you must override the following members:


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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0