boost serialization : attributes and node ordering

Abhishek Padmanabh <>
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 07:52:14 CST
I came across a situation where I wanted to have some flexibility with
object serialization. I was thinking about two things:

1. Object attributes, for example, can we have something like this
with boost:
         <pa2 class_id="0" tracking_level="0" version="0"
instead of:
         <pa2 class_id="0" tracking_level="0" version="0">
that is - does it support custom node/element attributes? These would
be some "extra" info that I would want to embed into the xml file
along with the object's serialized state.

2. With the serialized xml file that I get, if I change the order of
the elements, it throws an exception. For example if the above is the
xml generated, I modify it to the following and deserialize it, it
doesn't work.
         <pa2 class_id="0" tracking_level="0" version="0">
(Note the order of sourceMember and destMember.) I wanted that
flexibility with the order.

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