Spacing Rules


The spacing around an operator symbol is incorrect, within a C# code file.

Rule Description

A violation of this rule occurs when the spacing around an operator symbol is incorrect.

The following types of operator symbols must be surrounded by a single space on either side: colons, arithmetic operators, assignment operators, conditional operators, logical operators, relational operators, shift operators, and lambda operators. For example:

    int x = 4 + y;

In contrast, unary operators must be preceded by a single space, but must never be followed by any space. For example:

    bool x = !value;


An exception occurs whenever the symbol is preceded or followed by a parenthesis or bracket, in which case there should be no space between the symbol and the bracket. For example:


    if (!value)



How to Fix Violations

To fix a violation of this rule, ensure that the spacing around the symbol follows the rule described above.