XML Documentation (Visual C++)
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In Visual C++, you can add comments to your source code that will be processed to an .xml file. This file can then be the input to a process that creates documentation for the classes in your code.
In a Visual C++ code file, XML documentation comments must be located directly prior to a method or type definition. The comments can be used to populate the Intellisense QuickInfo data tip in the following scenarios:
when the code is compiled as a Windows Runtime component with an accompanying .winmd file
when the source code is included in the current project
in a library whose type declarations and implementations are located in the same header file
In the current release, code comments are not processed on templates or anything containing a template type (for example, a function taking a parameter as a template). Adding such comments will result in undefined behavior.
For details on creating an .xml file with documentation comments, see the following topics.
|For information about||See|
|The compiler options to use||/doc|
|Tags you can use to provide commonly used functionality in documentation||Recommended Tags for Documentation Comments|
|The ID strings that the compiler produces to identify the constructs in your code||Processing the .xml File|
|How to delimit documentation tags||Delimiters for Visual C++ Documentation Tags|
|Generating an .xml file from one or more .xdc files.||XDCMake Reference|
|Links to information about XML as it relates to Visual Studio feature areas||XML in Visual Studio|
If you need to put XML special characters in the text of a documentation comment, you must use XML entities or a CDATA section.