XmlTextAttribute.Type Property


Gets or sets the type of the member.

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

public Type Type { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Type

The Type of the member.

The Type property can only be set to primitive types and enumerations.

The XmlTextAttribute can also be applied to a field that returns an XmlNode or an array of XmlNode objects.

You can apply the XmlTextAttribute to a field or property that returns an array of strings. You can also apply the attribute to an array of type Object but you must set the Type property to string. In that case, any strings inserted into the array are serialized as XML text.

using System;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.IO;

public class Group1{
   // The XmlTextAttribute with type set to string informs the 
   // XmlSerializer that strings should be serialized as XML text.
   public object [] All= new object []{321, "One", 2, 3.0, "Two" };

public class Group2{
   [XmlText(Type = typeof(GroupType))]
   public GroupType Type;
public enum GroupType{

public class Group3{
   public DateTime CreationTime = DateTime.Now;

public class Test{
   static void Main(){
      Test t = new Test();

   private void SerializeArray(string filename){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group1));
      Group1 myGroup1 = new Group1();

      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);

      ser.Serialize(writer, myGroup1);

   private void SerializeEnum(string filename){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group2));
      Group2 myGroup = new Group2();
      myGroup.Type = GroupType.Medium;
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);

      ser.Serialize(writer, myGroup);

   private void SerializeDateTime(string filename){
      XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group3));
      Group3 myGroup = new Group3();
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);

      ser.Serialize(writer, myGroup);

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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