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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)

Public Overridable Function CanDeserialize ( _
	xmlReader As XmlReader _
) As Boolean
Dim instance As XmlSerializer 
Dim xmlReader As XmlReader 
Dim returnValue As Boolean 

returnValue = instance.CanDeserialize(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.

Private Sub TestDocument _
                (ByVal filename As String, _
                 ByVal objType As Type)
    ' Using a FileStream, create an XmlTextReader. 
    Dim fs As New FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open)
    Dim reader As New XmlTextReader(fs)
    Dim serializer As New XmlSerializer(objType)
    If serializer.CanDeserialize(reader) Then 
        Dim o As Object = serializer.Deserialize(reader)
    End If
End Sub
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