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XmlSerializer.UnknownAttribute Event

Occurs when the XmlSerializer encounters an XML attribute of unknown type during deserialization.

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

'Declaration
Public Event UnknownAttribute As XmlAttributeEventHandler

By default, after calling the Deserialize method, the XmlSerializer ignores XML attributes of unknown types. However, you can use this event to handle such node types.

If the instance of the class being deserialized contains a field that returns an array of XmlAttribute objects and an XmlAnyAttributeAttribute has been applied to the field, the UnknownAttribute event does not occur. Instead, all unknown XML attributes are collected into the array.

The following example prints information about any unknown attributes encountered while deserializing an XML document.


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml.Serialization
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Xml.Schema
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class Group
   Public GroupName As String 
End Class

Public Class Test
   Shared Sub Main()
      Dim t As Test = new Test()
      ' Deserialize the file containing unknown elements.
      t.DeserializeObject("UnknownAttributes.xml")
   End Sub

   Private Sub Serializer_UnknownAttribute _
   (sender As Object , e As XmlAttributeEventArgs)
      Console.WriteLine("Unknown Attribute")
      Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Tab & e.Attr.Name + " " & e.Attr.InnerXml)
      Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Tab & e.LineNumber & ":"  & e.LineNumber)
      Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Tab & e.LinePosition & ":"   & e.LinePosition)

      Dim x As Group = CType( e.ObjectBeingDeserialized, Group)
      Console.WriteLine (x.GroupName)
      Console.WriteLine (sender.ToString())
   End Sub

   Private Sub DeserializeObject(filename As String)
      Dim ser As XmlSerializer = new XmlSerializer(GetType(Group))
      ' Add a delegate to handle unknown element events.
      AddHandler ser.UnknownAttribute, _
      AddressOf Serializer_UnknownAttribute 
      ' A FileStream is needed to read the XML document.
     Dim fs As FileStream  = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Open)
     Dim g  As Group = CType(ser.Deserialize(fs),Group)
     fs.Close()
   End Sub
End Class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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