SoapAttributeAttribute Class
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SoapAttributeAttribute Class


Specifies that the XmlSerializer must serialize the class member as an encoded SOAP attribute.

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


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Property | AttributeTargets.Field | AttributeTargets.Parameter | AttributeTargets.ReturnValue)]
public class SoapAttributeAttribute : Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the SoapAttributeAttribute class.


Initializes a new instance of the SoapAttributeAttribute class using the specified value as the name of the XML attribute.


Gets or sets the name of the XML attribute generated by the XmlSerializer.


Gets or sets the XML Schema definition language (XSD) data type of the SOAP attribute generated by the XmlSerializer.


Gets or sets the XML namespace of the XML attribute.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


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.)


Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)


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.)


Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)


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.)

The SoapAttributeAttribute class belongs to a family of attributes that controls how the XmlSerializer serializes, or deserializes, an object as encoded SOAP XML. The resulting XML conforms to section 5 of the World Wide Web Consortium ( document, "Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.1". For a complete list of similar attributes, see Attributes That Control Encoded SOAP Serialization.

To serialize an object as an encoded SOAP message, you must construct the XmlSerializer using an XmlTypeMapping created with the ImportTypeMapping method of the SoapReflectionImporter class.

Apply the SoapAttributeAttribute to a public field to specify that the XmlSerializer serializes the field as an XML attribute. You can specify an alternative name of the attribute by setting the AttributeName property. Set the DataType if the attribute must be given a specific XML Schema definition language (XSD) data type. If the attribute belongs to a specific XML namespace, set the Namespace property.

For more information about using attributes, see Extending Metadata Using Attributes


You can use the word SoapAttribute in your code instead of the longer SoapAttributeAttribute.

The following example serializes a class that contains several fields to which a SoapAttributeAttribute is applied.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.Xml.Schema;

public class Group
   [SoapAttribute (Namespace = "")]
   public string GroupName;

   [SoapAttribute(DataType = "base64Binary")]
   public Byte [] GroupNumber;

   [SoapAttribute(DataType = "date", AttributeName = "CreationDate")]
   public DateTime Today;
   [SoapElement(DataType = "nonNegativeInteger", ElementName = "PosInt")]
   public string PostitiveInt;

   public Vehicle GroupVehicle;

public class Vehicle
   public string licenseNumber;

public class Run
   public static void Main()
      Run test = new Run();
   public void SerializeObject(string filename)
      // Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class that
      // can generate encoded SOAP messages.
      XmlSerializer mySerializer =  ReturnSOAPSerializer();

      Group myGroup=MakeGroup();
      // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
      XmlTextWriter writer = 
      new XmlTextWriter(filename, Encoding.UTF8);
      writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
      // Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
      mySerializer.Serialize(writer, myGroup);

   private Group MakeGroup(){
      // Create an instance of the class that will be serialized.
      Group myGroup = new Group();

      // Set the object properties.
      myGroup.GroupName = ".NET";

      Byte [] hexByte = new Byte[2]{Convert.ToByte(100),
      myGroup.GroupNumber = hexByte;

      DateTime myDate = new DateTime(2002,5,2);
      myGroup.Today = myDate;
      myGroup.PostitiveInt= "10000";
      myGroup.GroupVehicle = new Vehicle();
      return myGroup;

   public void DeserializeObject(string filename)
      // Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class that
      // can generate encoded SOAP messages.
      XmlSerializer mySerializer =  ReturnSOAPSerializer();

      // Reading the file requires an  XmlTextReader.
      XmlTextReader reader= 
      new XmlTextReader(filename);

      // Deserialize and cast the object.
      Group myGroup; 
      myGroup = (Group) mySerializer.Deserialize(reader);


   private XmlSerializer ReturnSOAPSerializer(){
      // Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
      XmlTypeMapping myMapping = 
      (new SoapReflectionImporter().ImportTypeMapping
       return new XmlSerializer(myMapping);

.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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