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C# Coding Standard

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Synopsis:Use XML tags for documenting types and members
Severity Level:9


All public and protected types, non-trivial methods, fields, events and delegates shall be documented using XML tags. Using these tags will allow IntelliSense to provide useful details while using the types. Also, automatic documentation generation tooling relies on these tags.

Section tags define the different sections within the type documentation.

<summary>Short descriptiontype or member
<remarks>Describes preconditions and other additional information.type or member
<param>Describes the parameters of a methodmethod
<returns>Describes the return value of a methodmethod
<exception>Lists the exceptions that a method or property can throwmethod, even or property
<value>Describes the type of the data a property accepts and/or returnsproperty
<example>Contains examples (code or text) related to a member or a typetype or member
<seealso>Adds an entry to the See Also sectiontype or member
<overloads>Provides a summary for multiple overloads of a methodfirst method in a overload list.

Inline tags can be used within the section tags.

<see>Creates a hyperlink to another member or type
<paramref>Creates a checked reference to a parameter

Markup tags are used to apply special formatting to a part of a section.

<code>Changes the indentation policy for code examples
<c>Changes the font to a fixed-wide font (often used with the <code> tag)
<para>Creates a new paragraph
<list>Creates a bulleted list, numbered list, or a table
<b>Bold typeface
<i>Italics typeface


In an inheritance hierarchy, do not repeat the documentation, but use the <see> tag to refer to the base class or interface member.