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XmlAttributes.XmlElements Property

Gets a collection of objects that specify how the XmlSerializer serializes a public field or read/write property as an XML element.

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

public XmlElementAttributes XmlElements { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlElementAttributes
An XmlElementAttributes that contains a collection of XmlElementAttribute objects.

For each overridden member that is serialized as an XML element, you must add a new XmlElementAttribute to an XmlElementAttributes by calling the Add method. By default, an XmlElementAttributes object is created and assigned to the XmlElements property.

The following example serializes the Transportation class, which contains a single field named Vehicles that returns an ArrayList. The example applies two XmlElementAttribute attributes to the Vehicles field. The example creates two XmlElementAttribute objects and adds them to the XmlElementAttributes collection of an XmlAttributes object. To allow the array to accept different object types, the XmlAttributes object is added to the XmlAttributeOverrides object.

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

public class Transportation
   // Subsequent code overrides these two XmlElementAttributes.
   public ArrayList Vehicles;

public class Car
   public string Name;

public class Plane
   public string Name;
public class Truck
   public string Name;
public class Train
   public string Name;

public class Test
   public static void Main()
      Test t = new Test();

   // Return an XmlSerializer used for overriding.
   public XmlSerializer CreateOverrider()
      // Create the XmlAttributes and XmlAttributeOverrides objects.
      XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();

      XmlAttributeOverrides xOver = 
      new XmlAttributeOverrides();

      /* Create an XmlElementAttribute to override 
      the Vehicles property. */
      XmlElementAttribute xElement1 = 
      new XmlElementAttribute(typeof(Truck));
      // Add the XmlElementAttribute to the collection.

      /* Create a second XmlElementAttribute, and 
      add it to the collection. */
      XmlElementAttribute xElement2 = 
      new XmlElementAttribute(typeof(Train));

      /* Add the XmlAttributes to the XmlAttributeOverrides,
      specifying the member to override. */
      xOver.Add(typeof(Transportation), "Vehicles", attrs);

      // Create the XmlSerializer, and return it.
      XmlSerializer xSer = new XmlSerializer
      (typeof(Transportation), xOver);
      return xSer;

   public void SerializeObject(string filename)
      // Create an XmlSerializer instance.
      XmlSerializer xSer = CreateOverrider();

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

      /* Create two new override objects that can be
      inserted into the array. */
      myTransportation.Vehicles = new ArrayList();
      Truck myTruck = new Truck();
      myTruck.Name = "MyTruck";

      Train myTrain = new Train();
      myTrain.Name = "MyTrain";


      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
      xSer.Serialize(writer, myTransportation);


.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.