XmlAttributeEventHandler Delegate
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XmlAttributeEventHandler Delegate


Represents the method that handles the UnknownAttribute

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

public delegate void XmlAttributeEventHandler(
	object sender,
	XmlAttributeEventArgs e


Type: System.Object

The source of the event.

Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlAttributeEventArgs

An XmlAttributeEventArgs that contains the event data.

When you create an XmlAttributeEventHandler delegate, you identify the method that handles the event. To associate the event with your event handler, add an instance of the delegate to the event. The event handler is called whenever the event occurs, unless you remove the delegate. For more information about event handler delegates, see NIB: Events and Delegates.

The UnknownAttribute event occurs only when an object is being deserialized with the Deserialize method.

The following example deserializes a class named Group from a file named UnknownAttributes.xml. Whenever an element is found in the file that has no corresponding member in the class, the UnknownAttribute event occurs. To try the example, paste the following XML code into a file named UnknownAttributes.xml.

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

public class Group{
   public string GroupName;

public class Test{
   static void Main(){
      Test t = new Test();
      // Deserialize the file containing unknown elements.
   private void Serializer_UnknownAttribute(object sender, XmlAttributeEventArgs e){
      Console.WriteLine("Unknown Attribute");
      Console.WriteLine("\t" + e.Attr.Name + " " + e.Attr.InnerXml);
      Console.WriteLine("\t LineNumber: " + e.LineNumber);
      Console.WriteLine("\t LinePosition: " + e.LinePosition);

      Group x  = (Group) e.ObjectBeingDeserialized;
      Console.WriteLine (x.GroupName);
      Console.WriteLine (sender.ToString());
   private void DeserializeObject(string filename){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group));
      // Add a delegate to handle unknown element events.
      ser.UnknownAttribute+=new XmlAttributeEventHandler(Serializer_UnknownAttribute);
      // A FileStream is needed to read the XML document.
     FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open);
     Group g = (Group) ser.Deserialize(fs);

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Available since 1.1
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