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XmlIncludeAttribute Class

Allows the XmlSerializer to recognize a type when it serializes or deserializes an object.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Xml.Serialization.XmlIncludeAttribute

Namespace:  System.Xml.Serialization
Assemblies:   System.Xml.XmlSerializer (in System.Xml.XmlSerializer.dll)
  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Struct|AttributeTargets.Method|AttributeTargets.Interface, AllowMultiple = true)]
public class XmlIncludeAttribute : Attribute

The XmlIncludeAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryXmlIncludeAttributeInitializes a new instance of the XmlIncludeAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryTypeGets or sets the type of the object to include.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibraryToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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Use the XmlIncludeAttribute when you call the Serialize or Deserialize method of the XmlSerializer class.

When applying the XmlIncludeAttribute, specify the Type of the derived class. When the XmlSerializer serializes objects that include both the base and the derived class, it can then recognize both object types.

You can use the XmlIncludeAttribute to include derived classes in service description documents that are written in the Web Services Description Language (WSDL). For example, if a method returns an Object, apply the XmlIncludeAttribute to the method and specify the actual types to return.

For more information on the WSDL, see "Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.1" at www.w3.org.

The following example shows three classes, two of which inherit from the third. The example applies the XmlIncludeAttribute to a method that returns an instance of one of the derived classes.

<%@ WebService Language="C#" Class="Test" %>

using System;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;
using System.Web.Services.Description;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Schema;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.Data;

public class Test : WebService {
   [WebMethod()]
   [return:XmlElement("MyTime", DataType="time")]
   public DateTime EchoString([XmlElement(DataType="string")] 
   string strval) {
        return DateTime.Now;
   }

   [WebMethod()]
   [XmlInclude(typeof(Car)), XmlInclude(typeof(Bike))]
   public Vehicle Vehicle(string licenseNumber) {
      if (licenseNumber == "0") {
         Vehicle v = new Car();
         v.licenseNumber = licenseNumber;
         return v;
      }
      else if (licenseNumber == "1") {
          Vehicle v = new Bike();
          v.licenseNumber = licenseNumber;
          return v;
      }
      else {
         return null;
      }
   }
}
[XmlRoot("NewVehicle")] 
public abstract class Vehicle {
    public string licenseNumber;
    public DateTime make;
}

public class Car : Vehicle {
}

public class Bike : Vehicle {
}
   

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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