CLSCompliantAttribute Class

July 28, 2014

Indicates whether a program element is compliant with the Common Language Specification (CLS). This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.CLSCompliantAttribute

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.All, Inherited = true, AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class CLSCompliantAttribute : Attribute

The CLSCompliantAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodCLSCompliantAttributeInitializes an instance of the CLSCompliantAttribute class with a Boolean value indicating whether the indicated program element is CLS-compliant.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyIsCompliantGets the Boolean value indicating whether the indicated program element is CLS-compliant.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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You can apply the CLSCompliantAttribute attribute to the following program elements: assembly, module, class, struct, enum, constructor, method, property, field, event, interface, delegate, parameter, and return value. However, the notion of CLS compliance is only meaningful for assemblies, modules, types, and members of types, not parts of a member signature. Consequently, CLSCompliantAttribute is ignored when applied to parameter or return value program elements.

If no CLSCompliantAttribute is applied to a program element, then by default:

  • The assembly is not CLS-compliant.

  • The type is CLS-compliant only if its enclosing type or assembly is CLS-compliant.

  • The member of a type is CLS-compliant only if the type is CLS-compliant.

If an assembly is marked as CLS-compliant, any publicly exposed type in the assembly that is not CLS-compliant must be marked with CLSCompliantAttribute using a false argument. Similarly, if a class is marked as CLS-compliant, you must individually mark all members that are not CLS-compliant. All non-compliant members must provide corresponding CLS-compliant alternatives.

Attributes that are applied to assemblies or modules must occur after the C# using (Imports in Visual Basic) clauses and before the code.

NoteNote:

The current Microsoft Visual Basic compiler intentionally does not generate a CLS-compliance warning, however, a future release of the compiler will issue that warning.

The following example applies a CLSCompliantAttribute to the entire assembly.

using System;
    [assembly:CLSCompliant(true)]

The following declaration generates a CLS-compliance warning because the type UInt32 is not specified in the CLS.

 public int SetValue(UInt32 value);

If the declaration is marked with a CLSCompliantAttribute, no compiler warning or error is generated.

[CLSCompliant(false)]
 public int SetValue(UInt32 value);

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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