TypeConverter.CanConvertTo Method (ITypeDescriptorContext, Type)

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Returns whether the type converter can convert an object to the specified type.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)


Public Overridable Function CanConvertTo ( _
    context As ITypeDescriptorContext, _
    destinationType As Type _
) As Boolean
public virtual bool CanConvertTo(
    ITypeDescriptorContext context,
    Type destinationType


  • destinationType
    Type: System.Type
    The type you want to convert to.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if this converter can perform the conversion; otherwise, false.


Notes to Inheritors

For use as a type converter for custom-type attribute handling in Silverlight XAML, you do not need to implement this method (it is not called by the Silverlight 4 XAML parser for type conversion purposes, and there is no XamlWriter in Silverlight). However , you might still want to implement a practical behavior for CanConvertTo as a best practice.

The base implementation always returns false.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.