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TypeName SA1604ElementDocumentationMustHaveSummary
CheckId SA1604
Category Documentation Rules


The Xml header documentation for a C# element is missing a <summary> tag.

Rule description

C# syntax provides a mechanism for inserting documentation for classes and elements directly into the code, through the use of Xml documentation headers. For an introduction to these headers and a description of the header syntax, see the following article:

A violation of this rule occurs when the element documentation is missing a <summary> tag.

How to fix violations

To fix a violation of this rule, add and fill-in a <summary> tag for the element, containing a description of the element.

The following example shows a class containing invalid Xml within its documentation header. The closing tag for the <summary> node is invalid.

/// <summary>
/// Represents a customer in the database.
/// </summary>
public class Customer

How to suppress violations

[SuppressMessage("StyleCop.CSharp.DocumentationRules", "SA1604:ElementDocumentationMustHaveSummary", Justification = "Reviewed.")]
#pragma warning disable SA1604 // ElementDocumentationMustHaveSummary
#pragma warning restore SA1604 // ElementDocumentationMustHaveSummary