SoapAttributes.SoapElement Property

 

Gets or sets a SoapElementAttribute to override.

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

public SoapElementAttribute SoapElement { get; set; }

The SoapElementAttribute is used to control the serialization of a class member as an XML element. Set the SoapElement property to a new SoapElementAttribute to override the serialization of a class member as an XML element by creating a new SoapElementAttribute and assigning it to the property. Then add the SoapAttributes to a SoapAttributeOverrides. Create an XmlTypeMapping with the SoapAttributeOverrides, then construct an XmlSerializer with the XmlTypeMapping.

For more information, see the SoapAttributeOverrides class overview.

The following example serializes a class named Transportation. The serialization of the Vehicle field is overridden. In the CreateOverrideSerializer method, a SoapAttributeOverrides is created, and for each overridden member or enumeration, a SoapAttributes is created with the appropriate property set and added to the SoapAttributeOverrides. An XmlTypeMapping is created using the SoapAttributeOverrides, and that XmlTypeMapping is used to create the XmlSerializer that overrides the default serialization.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.Collections;
using System.Xml;
using System.Text;
public class Transportation
{
   // The SoapElementAttribute specifies that the
   // generated XML element name will be "Wheels"
   // instead of "Vehicle".
   [SoapElement("Wheels")]
   public string Vehicle;
   [SoapElement(DataType = "dateTime")]
   public DateTime CreationDate;
   [SoapElement(IsNullable = true)]
   public Thing thing;

}

public class Thing{ 
   [SoapElement(IsNullable=true)] public string ThingName;
}

public class Test
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Test t = new Test();
      t.SerializeObject("SoapElementOriginal.xml");
      t.SerializeOverride("SoapElementOverride.xml");
      Console.WriteLine("Finished writing two XML files.");
   }

   // Return an XmlSerializer used for overriding.
   public XmlSerializer CreateSoapOverrider()
   {
      // Create the SoapAttributes and SoapAttributeOverrides objects.
      SoapAttributes soapAttrs = new SoapAttributes();

      SoapAttributeOverrides soapOverrides = 
      new SoapAttributeOverrides();

      /* Create an SoapElementAttribute to override 
      the Vehicles property. */
      SoapElementAttribute soapElement1 = 
      new SoapElementAttribute("Truck");
      // Set the SoapElement to the object.
      soapAttrs.SoapElement= soapElement1;

      /* Add the SoapAttributes to the SoapAttributeOverrides,
      specifying the member to override. */
      soapOverrides.Add(typeof(Transportation), "Vehicle", soapAttrs);

      // Create the XmlSerializer, and return it.
      XmlTypeMapping myTypeMapping = (new SoapReflectionImporter
      (soapOverrides)).ImportTypeMapping(typeof(Transportation));
      return new XmlSerializer(myTypeMapping);
   }

   public void SerializeOverride(string filename)
   {
      // Create an XmlSerializer instance.
      XmlSerializer ser = CreateSoapOverrider();

      // Create the object and serialize it.
      Transportation myTransportation = 
      new Transportation();

      myTransportation.Vehicle = "MyCar";
      myTransportation.CreationDate=DateTime.Now;
      myTransportation.thing = new Thing();

      XmlTextWriter writer = 
      new XmlTextWriter(filename, Encoding.UTF8);
      writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
      writer.WriteStartElement("wrapper");
      ser.Serialize(writer, myTransportation);
      writer.WriteEndElement();
      writer.Close();
   }
   public void SerializeObject(string filename){
      // Create an XmlSerializer instance.
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Transportation));
      Transportation myTransportation = 
      new Transportation();
      myTransportation.Vehicle = "MyCar";
      myTransportation.CreationDate = DateTime.Now;
      myTransportation.thing = new Thing();
      XmlTextWriter writer = 
      new XmlTextWriter(filename, Encoding.UTF8);
      writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
      writer.WriteStartElement("wrapper");
      ser.Serialize(writer, myTransportation);
      writer.WriteEndElement();
      writer.Close();
   }
}

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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