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TypeName SA1608ElementDocumentationMustNotHaveDefaultSummary
CheckId SA1608
Category Documentation Rules


The <summary> tag within an element's Xml header documentation contains the default text generated by Visual Studio during the creation of the element.

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:

Visual Studio provides helper functionality for adding new elements such as classes to a project. Visual Studio will create a default documentation header for the new class and fill in this header with default documentation text.

A violation of this rule occurs when the <summary> tag for a code element still contains the default documentation text generated by Visual Studio.

How to fix violations

To fix a violation of this rule, replace the default documentation text with new text describing the contents of the code element.

The following example shows a class which contains the default summary text generated by Visual Studio.

/// <summary>
/// Summary description for the Example class.
/// </summary>
public class Example

How to suppress violations

[SuppressMessage("StyleCop.CSharp.DocumentationRules", "SA1608:ElementDocumentationMustNotHaveDefaultSummary", Justification = "Reviewed.")]
#pragma warning disable SA1608 // ElementDocumentationMustNotHaveDefaultSummary
#pragma warning restore SA1608 // ElementDocumentationMustNotHaveDefaultSummary