In honor of generics getting into the CLS, I thought I’d get back to the series sharing some of the information in the .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1 here is an annotation from the System.CLSCompliantAttribute class.
Brad Abrams: Unfortunately, we codified the naming convention for acronyms too late to
fix this one. It should have been ClsCompliantAttribute rather than CLSCompliantAttribute.
Notice that this attribute is just a marker intended for compilers to enforce. The runtime
does not enforce any CLS-compliance rules.
Jeffrey Richter: Note that the CLS only applies to publicly exposed members so compilers generally
only check CLS-compliance of types and members that are exposed outside of an assembly.
Internal types and private methods, for example, are not checked for CLS compliance.
Some sample code:
public class CLSCompliantSample
public static void Main()
public static uint Method1(uint i)
The compiler output is:
Microsoft (R) Program Maintenance Utility Version 7.00.9466
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
csc /debug CLSCompliantAttribute.cs
Microsoft (R) Visual C# .NET Compiler version 7.00.9466
for Microsoft (R) .NET Framework version 1.0.3705
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 2001. All rights reserved.
CLSCompliantAttribute.cs(12,32): error CS3001: Argument type 'uint' is not
CLSCompliantAttribute.cs(12,19): error CS3002: Return type of
'Samples.CLSCompliantSample.Method1(uint)' is not CLS-compliant
NMAKE : fatal error U1077: 'csc' : return code '0x1'