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TypeName SA1616ElementReturnValueDocumentationMustHaveText
CheckId SA1616
Category Documentation Rules


The <returns> tag within a C# element's documentation header is empty.

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 if an element contains an empty <returns> tag.

How to fix violations

To fix a violation of this rule, fill-in documentation text within the <returns> tag describing the value returned from the element.

The following example shows a method with a valid documentation header:

/// <summary>
/// Joins a first name and a last name together into a single string.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="firstName">The first name to join.</param>
/// <param name="lastName">The last name to join.</param>
/// <returns>The joined names.</returns>
public string JoinNames(string firstName, string lastName)
    return firstName + " " + lastName;

How to suppress violations

[SuppressMessage("StyleCop.CSharp.DocumentationRules", "SA1616:ElementReturnValueDocumentationMustHaveText", Justification = "Reviewed.")]
#pragma warning disable SA1616 // ElementReturnValueDocumentationMustHaveText
#pragma warning restore SA1616 // ElementReturnValueDocumentationMustHaveText