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XmlAttributeAttribute.AttributeName Property

Gets or sets the name of the XML attribute.

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

public string AttributeName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name of the XML attribute. The default is the member name.

Use the AttributeName property to specify an XML attribute name when the default value cannot be used. For example, if the XML attribute name is invalid as a member identifier, you can use a valid name for the identifier while setting the AttributeName to an invalid name.

The following example sets the AttributeName property of an XmlAttributeAttribute.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
public class Group
   // Change the XML attribute name.
   [XmlAttribute(AttributeName = "MgrName")]
   public string Name;
   /* Use the AttributeName to collect all the XML attributes
   in the XML-document instance. */

public class Run
   public static void Main()
      Run test = new Run();
      /* To use the AttributeName to collect all the
      XML attributes. Call SerializeObject to generate 
      an XML document and alter the document by adding
      new XML attributes to it. Then comment out the SerializeObject
      method, and call DeserializeObject. */
public void SerializeObject(string filename)
   // Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
   XmlSerializer mySerializer =  new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group));
   // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
   TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
   // Create an instance of the class that will be serialized.
   Group myGroup = new Group();
   /* Set the Name property, which will be generated
   as an XML attribute. */
   myGroup.Name = "Wallace";
   // Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
   mySerializer.Serialize(writer, myGroup);

   public void DeserializeObject(string filename)
      XmlSerializer mySerializer =
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group));
      FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open);
      Group myGroup = (Group)

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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