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XmlAttributes.XmlAttribute Property

Gets or sets an object that specifies how the XmlSerializer serializes a public field or public read/write property as an XML attribute.

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

public XmlAttributeAttribute XmlAttribute { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlAttributeAttribute
An XmlAttributeAttribute that controls the serialization of a public field or read/write property as an XML attribute.

By default, if no attribute is applied to a public field or public read/write property, it is serialized as an XML element. You can also instruct the XmlSerializer to generate an XML attribute by applying an XmlAttributeAttribute to the field or property.

The XmlAttribute property allows you to override the default serialization, as well as the serialization controlled by applying an XmlAttributeAttribute to the member. To do this, create an XmlAttributeAttribute and set its properties (such as AttributeName). Assign the new object to the XmlAttribute property of an XmlAttributes object. Add the XmlAttributes object to an XmlAttributeOverrides object and specify the type of the object that contains the field or property, and the name of the field or property. Lastly, create an XmlSerializer using the XmlAttributeOverrides object and call the Serialize or Deserialize method.

The following example serializes a class named Group that contains a property named GroupName; the GroupName property is serialized as an XML attribute. The example creates an XmlAttributeOverrides and an XmlAttributes object to override the default serialization of the field. The example then creates an XmlAttributeAttribute to specifically override the property, and the object is set to the XmlAttribute property The XmlAttributes object is added to the XmlAttributeOverrides object with the name of the overridden member specified. Finally, an XmlSerializer is constructed and returned using the XmlAttributeOverrides object.


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

// This is the class that will be serialized.
public class Group
{
   // This is the attribute that will be overridden.
   [XmlAttribute]
   public string GroupName;
   public int GroupNumber;
}

public class Run
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Run test = new Run();
      test.SerializeObject("OverrideAttribute.xml");
      test.DeserializeObject("OverrideAttribute.xml");
   }
   // Return an XmlSerializer used for overriding. 
   public XmlSerializer CreateOverrider()
   {
      // Create the XmlAttributeOverrides and XmlAttributes objects.
      XmlAttributeOverrides xOver = new XmlAttributeOverrides();
      XmlAttributes xAttrs = new XmlAttributes();

      /* Create an overriding XmlAttributeAttribute set it to 
      the XmlAttribute property of the XmlAttributes object.*/
      XmlAttributeAttribute xAttribute = new XmlAttributeAttribute("SplinterName");
      xAttrs.XmlAttribute = xAttribute;

      // Add to the XmlAttributeOverrides. Specify the member name.
      xOver.Add(typeof(Group), "GroupName", xAttrs);

      // Create the XmlSerializer and return it.
      return new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group), xOver);
   }

   public void SerializeObject(string filename)
   {
      // Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
      XmlSerializer mySerializer =  CreateOverrider();
      // 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.GroupName = ".NET";
      myGroup.GroupNumber = 1;
      // Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
      mySerializer.Serialize(writer, myGroup);
       writer.Close();
   }

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

      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.GroupName);
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.GroupNumber);
   }
}
   


.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.

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