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XmlArrayItemAttribute.ElementName Property

Gets or sets the name of the generated XML element.

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 generated XML element. The default is the member identifier.

Specify an ElementName if you want the name of the generated XML element to differ from the member's identifier.

You can set the same ElementName value to more than one class member if the generated XML document uses XML namespaces to distinguish between identically named members. For details about how to use namespaces and prefixed names in the XML document, see the XmlSerializerNamespaces class.

The following example sets the ElementName property for the Vehicle and Car class--thereby changing the names of XML elements that the XmlSerializer generates for those classes.

public class Transportation
{  
   [XmlArray("Vehicles")]
   /* Specifies acceptable types and the ElementName generated 
      for each object type. */
   [XmlArrayItem(typeof(Vehicle), ElementName = "Transport"), 
   XmlArrayItem(typeof(Car), ElementName = "Automobile")]
   public Vehicle[] MyVehicles;
}

// By default, this class results in XML elements named "Vehicle". 
public class Vehicle
{
   public string id;
}

// By default, this class results in XML elements named "Car". 
public class Car:Vehicle
{
   public string Maker;
}
// By default, this class results in XML elements named "Vehicle". 
public __gc class Vehicle
{
public:
   String* id;
};

// By default, this class results in XML elements named "Car". 
public __gc class Car:public Vehicle
{
public:
   String* Maker;
};

public __gc class Transportation
{  
public:
   [XmlArray(S"Vehicles")]
   /* Specifies acceptable types and the ElementName generated 
      for each object type. */
   [XmlArrayItem(__typeof(Vehicle), ElementName = S"Transport"), 
   XmlArrayItem(__typeof(Car), ElementName = S"Automobile")]
   Vehicle* MyVehicles[];
};

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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, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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