C# – Can you specify format for XmlSerialization of a datetime


I need to serialize / deserialize a datetime into yyyyMMdd format for an XML file. Is there an attribute / workaround I can use for this?

Best Solution

No, there isn't. If it's in that format, then it's not a valid dateTime as far as XML Schema is concerned.

The best you can do is as follows:

public DateTime DoNotSerialize {get;set;}

public string ProxyDateTime {
    get {return DoNotSerialize.ToString("yyyyMMdd");}
    set {DoNotSerialize = DateTime.Parse(value);}