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XmlSerializer::CanDeserialize Method

Gets a value that indicates whether this XmlSerializer can deserialize a specified XML document.

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

virtual bool CanDeserialize(
	XmlReader^ xmlReader


Type: System.Xml::XmlReader

An XmlReader that points to the document to deserialize.

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if this XmlSerializer can deserialize the object that the XmlReader points to; otherwise, false.

The following example calls the CanDeserialize method to check whether an XML document can be deserialized.

   void TestDocument( String^ filename, Type^ objType )
      // Using a FileStream, create an XmlTextReader.
      Stream^ fs = gcnew FileStream( filename,FileMode::Open );
      XmlReader^ reader = gcnew XmlTextReader( fs );
      XmlSerializer^ serializer = gcnew XmlSerializer( objType );
      if ( serializer->CanDeserialize( reader ) )
         Object^ o = serializer->Deserialize( reader );
void TestDocument(String* filename, Type* objType)
   // Using a FileStream, create an XmlTextReader.
   Stream* fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode::Open);
   XmlReader* reader = new XmlTextReader(fs);
   XmlSerializer* serializer = new XmlSerializer(objType);
         Object* o = serializer->Deserialize(reader);

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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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0