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XmlElementAttribute.Type Property

Gets or sets the object type used to represent the XML element.

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

public Type Type { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Type
The Type of the member.

Use the Type property to specify a derived type for a field or property.

If a field or property returns an ArrayList, you can apply multiple instances of the XmlElementAttribute to the member. For each instance, set the Type property to a type of object that can be inserted into the array.

The following example uses the Type property to specify a derived object for an XmlElementAttribute. The example also applies three instances of the XmlElementAttribute to a field that returns an ArrayList. Each instance specifies a type allowed in the field.

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

public class Group
   public Employee [] Staff;

   [XmlElement (typeof(int)),
   XmlElement (typeof(string)),
   XmlElement (typeof(DateTime))]
   public ArrayList ExtraInfo;

public class Employee
   public string Name;

public class Manager:Employee
   public int Level;

public class Run 
   public static void Main()
      Run test = new Run();

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

      // Create object and serialize it.
      Group myGroup = new Group();

      Manager e1 = new Manager();
      e1.Name = "Manager1";
      Manager m1 =  new Manager();
      m1.Name = "Manager2";
      m1.Level = 4;

      Employee[] emps = {e1, m1};
      myGroup.Staff = emps;

      myGroup.ExtraInfo = new ArrayList();
      myGroup.ExtraInfo.Add(new DateTime(2001,1,1));

      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
      xSer.Serialize(writer, myGroup);
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;
using namespace System::Xml::Serialization;

public __gc class Employee
   String* Name;

public __gc class Manager: public Employee
   int Level;

public __gc class Group
   Employee* Staff[];

   [XmlElement (__typeof(Int32)),
      XmlElement (__typeof(String)),
      XmlElement (__typeof(DateTime))]
   ArrayList* ExtraInfo;

void SerializeObject(String* filename)
   // Create an XmlSerializer instance.
   XmlSerializer* xSer = 
      new XmlSerializer(__typeof(Group));

   // Create object and serialize it.
   Group* myGroup = new Group();

   Manager* e1 = new Manager();
   e1->Name = S"Manager1";
   Manager* m1 =  new Manager();
   m1->Name = S"Manager2";
   m1->Level = 4;

   Employee* emps[] = {e1, m1};
   myGroup->Staff = emps;

   myGroup->ExtraInfo = new ArrayList();

   TextWriter* writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
   xSer->Serialize(writer, myGroup);

int main()

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0