How to disable warnings related to XML comments in Visual Studio?

Sometimes there are cases when XML comments generated by VSdocman can cause VS warnings. It's because VSdocman uses extended syntax. Here we explain how to disable such warnings.

VSdocman supports XML comments for all types of elements, including namespaces. Visual Studio, however, doesn't support XML comments for a namespace.

In C#

You'll get the following warning:

XML comment is not placed on a valid language element
It's numeric code is 1587.

Suppressing is quite easy. In C#, you have two options - you can suppress the warning whether globally for entire project or locally for just a part of your code.

1. Globally

You can enter a comma delimited list of warning IDs in project's Properties - Build tab, Errors and warnings section. So add 1587 there.

2. Locally

Use #pragma warning disable in your code. For example:

#pragma warning disable 1587
/// <summary>
/// This is main namespace.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// <para>You can navigate to code elements using clickable class diagram below. The
/// diagram can be placed anywhere, e.g. in summary or Remarks section or in its own
/// section as shown here.</para>
/// <para> <img src=""/></para>
/// </remarks>
namespace SampleClassLibrary
#pragma warning restore 1587



You'll get the following warning:

XML documentation comments must precede member or type declarations.

or in older VS versions:

XML comment block cannot be associated with any language element that supports the application of XML documentation comments. XML comment will be ignored.

It's numeric code is 42312.

You can suppress this warning only globally in VB .NET. You need to manually edit project .vbproj file.

  1. Close VS.
  2. Open .vbproj file. Find <NoWarn> tag and add the warning ID there. In our case the ID is 42312: <NoWarn>42312</NoWarn>. Don’t place any whitespaces and newlines in this tag! There is one <NoWarn> section for each configuration (Release/Debug) so you need to edit all of them.
  3. Save the .vbproj file and open VS.


After this, you shouldn’t get specified warnings during the build, nor should you see warning underline during editing.


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