XmlAnyAttributeAttribute Class
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XmlAnyAttributeAttribute Class


Specifies that the member (a field that returns an array of XmlAttribute objects) can contain any XML attributes.

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


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Property | AttributeTargets.Field | AttributeTargets.Parameter | AttributeTargets.ReturnValue, 
	AllowMultiple = false)]
public class XmlAnyAttributeAttribute : Attribute


Constructs a new instance of the XmlAnyAttributeAttribute class.


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.)

Use the XmlAnyAttributeAttribute to contain arbitrary data (as XML attributes) that is sent as part of an XML document, such as, metadata sent as part of the document.

Apply the XmlAnyAttributeAttribute to a field that returns an array of XmlAttribute or XmlNode objects. When the Deserialize method of the XmlSerializer class is called, all XML attributes that do not have a corresponding member in the class being deserialized are collected in the array. After deserialization, you can iterate through the collection of XmlAttribute items to process the data.

The UnknownNode and UnknownAttribute events of the XmlSerializer do not occur if you apply the XmlAnyAttributeAttribute to a member of a class.


You can use the word XmlAnyAttribute in your code instead of the longer XmlAnyAttributeAttribute.

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

The following example collects all unknown attributes into an array of XmlAttribute objects. To try the example, create a file named UnknownAttributes.xml that contains the following XML:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Group xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" 
GroupType = 'Technical' GroupNumber = '42' GroupBase = 'Red'>
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.Xml;

public class Group{
   public string GroupName;
   // The UnknownAttributes array will be used to collect all unknown
   // attributes found when deserializing.
    public XmlAttribute[]XAttributes;

public class Test{
   static void Main(){
      Test t = new Test();
      // Deserialize the file containing unknown attributes.


   private void DeserializeObject(string filename){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group));
      // A FileStream is needed to read the XML document.
     FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open);
     Group g = (Group) ser.Deserialize(fs);
     // Write out the data, including unknown attributes.
     Console.WriteLine("Number of unknown attributes: " + 
     foreach(XmlAttribute xAtt in g.XAttributes){
     Console.WriteLine(xAtt.Name + ": " + xAtt.InnerXml);
     // Serialize the object again with the attributes added.

   private void SerializeObject(string filename, object g){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group));
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
      ser.Serialize(writer, g);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1

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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