XmlRootAttribute.ElementName Property


Gets or sets the name of the XML element that is generated and recognized by the XmlSerializer class's Serialize and Deserialize methods, respectively.

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

public string ElementName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String

The name of the XML root element that is generated and recognized in an XML-document instance. The default is the name of the serialized class.

Specify an ElementName if you want the name of the generated XML element to differ from the class name.

The following example creates an instance of the XmlRootAttribute class and sets the ElementName property to a new value. The object is then used to create an XmlAttributeOverrides object used to override the serialization of an object.

public void SerializeOrder(string filename)
   // Create an XmlSerializer instance using the method below.
   XmlSerializer myXmlSerializer = CreateOverrider();

   // Create the object, and set its Name property.
   Student myStudent = new Student();
   myStudent.Name = "Student class1";

   // Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
   TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);
   myXmlSerializer.Serialize(writer, myStudent);

// Return an XmlSerializer to override the root serialization.
public XmlSerializer CreateOverrider()
   // Create an XmlAttributes to override the default root element.
   XmlAttributes myXmlAttributes = new XmlAttributes();

   // Create an XmlRootAttribute and set its element name and namespace.
   XmlRootAttribute myXmlRootAttribute = new XmlRootAttribute();
   myXmlRootAttribute.ElementName = "OverriddenRootElementName";
   myXmlRootAttribute.Namespace = "http://www.microsoft.com";

   // Set the XmlRoot property to the XmlRoot object.
   myXmlAttributes.XmlRoot = myXmlRootAttribute;
   XmlAttributeOverrides myXmlAttributeOverrides = 
                                 new XmlAttributeOverrides();

   /* Add the XmlAttributes object to the 
   XmlAttributeOverrides object. */
   myXmlAttributeOverrides.Add(typeof(Student), myXmlAttributes);

   // Create the Serializer, and return it.
   XmlSerializer myXmlSerializer = new XmlSerializer
      (typeof(Student), myXmlAttributeOverrides);
   return myXmlSerializer;

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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