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<summary> (C# Programming Guide)



A summary of the object.

The <summary> tag should be used to describe a type or a type member. Use <remarks> to add supplemental information to a type description. Use the cref Attribute to enable documentation tools such as Sandcastle to create internal hyperlinks to documentation pages for code elements.

The text for the <summary> tag is the only source of information about the type in IntelliSense, and is also displayed in the Object Browser.

Compile with /doc to process documentation comments to a file. To create the final documentation based on the compiler-generated file, you can create a custom tool, or use a tool such as Sandcastle.

// compile with: /doc:DocFileName.xml  

/// text for class TestClass 
public class TestClass
    /// <summary>DoWork is a method in the TestClass class. 
    /// <para>Here's how you could make a second paragraph in a description. <see cref="System.Console.WriteLine(System.String)"/> for information about output statements.</para>
    /// <seealso cref="TestClass.Main"/>
    /// </summary> 
    public static void DoWork(int Int1)

    /// text for Main 
    static void Main()

The following example shows how to make a cref reference to a generic type.

// compile with: /doc:DocFileName.xml  

// the following cref shows how to specify the reference, such that, 
// the compiler will resolve the reference 
/// <summary cref="C{T}">
/// </summary> 
class A { }

// the following cref shows another way to specify the reference,  
// such that, the compiler will resolve the reference 
// <summary cref="C &lt; T &gt;">

// the following cref shows how to hard-code the reference 
/// <summary cref="T:C`1">
/// </summary> 
class B { }

/// <summary cref="A">
/// </summary> 
/// <typeparam name="T"></typeparam>
class C<T> { }