This is just plain dumb. Apparently whoever was in charge of XmlSerializer didn’t think we would ever want to serialize a TimeSpan. Way down in the guts of the CLR is a class called XmlCustomFormatter that is used to serialize primitive types to and from XML. It has member for DateTime but none for TimeSpan.
So I figured I would be able to provide my own formatter, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. First of all XmlCustomFormatter is marked internal, so I can’t derive from it. Secondly, there doesn’t seem to be a way for me to pass a custom formatter to XmlSerializer.
Very annoying. Now I have to use DateTime when all I really need is the TimeOfDay part of it.