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       monodocer - ECMA Documentation Format Support


       monodocer [OPTIONS]*


              ASSEMBLY is a .NET assembly to generate documentation stubs for.

              Specify a file path or the name of a GAC'd assembly.

              Allow monodocer to delete members from documentation files.  The
              only members deleted are for members which are no longer present
              within the assembly.

              If  a  type  is no longer present, the documentation file is not
              deleted, but is instead renamed to have a .remove extension.

       -?, -help
              Show program argument information.

              Do not update members.

              This will add documentation stubs for added types, but will  not
              add  or  remove  documentation  for  any  members  of  any  type
              (including any added types).

              FILE is an XML file generated with  the  /doc:FILE  C#  compiler
              flag  (e.g.   mcs  -doc:foo.xml  foo.cs  ).   Import  the member
              documentation  contained  within  FILE  into  the  documentation
              format used by monodoc.

              NAME is the name of the project this documentation is for.

              This  sets the /Overview/Title element within the index.xml file
              created at the directory specified by -path .  This is  used  by
              some programs for title information (e.g.  monodocs2html ).

              Only update the types within the namespace NAMESPACE .

              Include overridden methods in documentation.

              This normally isn't necessary, as the Mono Documentation Browser
              will provide a link to the base type  members  anyway,  as  will
              monodocs2html if the base type is within the same assembly.

              OUTPUT_DIR  is  the directory which will contain the new/updated
              documentation stubs.

              Indent the XML files nicely.

              Create a <since/> element for added types and members  with  the
              value SINCE .

              For  example,  when  given  -since:"Gtk# 2.4" an element will be
              inserted into the Docs element for  all  added  types  and  type
                   <since version="Gtk# 2.4" />
              The  Mono  Documentation Browser and monodocs2html will use this
              element to specify in which version a member was added.

              Only create/update documentation for the type TYPE .

              When updating documentation,  write  the  updated  documentation
              files into the directory PATH .

       -V, -version
              Display version and licensing information.


       monodocer  has  been  obsoleted by mdoc(1).  See the mdoc-update(1) man

       monodocer is a program that creates XML documentation stubs in the ECMA
       Documentation  Format.   It does not rely on documentation found within
       the source code.

       The advantages are:

       *      Code readability.  Good documentation is frequently (a) verbose,
              and   (b)   filled  with  examples.   (For  comparison,  compare
              Microsoft .NET Framework documentation, which is often a page or
              more  of  docs  for each member, to JavaDoc documentation, which
              can often be a sentence for each member.)

              Inserting good documentation into the source code can frequently
              bloat  the  source file, as the documentation can be longer than
              the actual method that is being documented.

       *      Localization.  In-source documentation formats (such as  /doc  )
              have  no  support  for multiple human languages.  If you need to
              support more than one human language for documentation purposes,
              monodocer  is  useful as it permits each language to get its own
              directory, and monodocer can add types/members for each separate
              documentation directory.

       *      Administration.  It's not unusual to have separate documentation
              and  development   teams.    It's   also   possible   that   the
              documentation   team  will  have  minimal  experience  with  the
              programming language being used.  In such circumstances,  inline
              documentation  is  not desirable as the documentation team could
              inadvertantly  insert  an  error  into  the  source  code  while
              updating the documentation.  Alternatively, you may not want the
              documentation team  to  have  access  to  the  source  code  for
              security reasons.  monodocer allows the documentation to be kept
              completely separate and distinct from the source  code  used  to
              create the assembly.

       To turn the monodocer documentation into something that can be consumed
       by the Mono Documentation Browser (the desktop help browser, or the web
       interface  for  it) it is necessary to compile the documentation into a
       packed format.  This is done with the mdassembler  tool,  for  example,
       you could use this toolchain like this:

            $ monodocer -assembly:MyWidgets -path:generated_docs
            $ mdassembler --ecma generated_docs -out:MyWidgets

       The  above would generate a and a MyWidgets.tree that can
       then be installed in the system.   In addition to the two  files  (.zip
       and  .tree)  you  must provide a .sources file which describes where in
       the help system the documentation should be hooked up,  it  is  a  very
       simple XML file, like this:

       <?xml version="1.0"?>
         <source provider="ecma" basefile="MyWidgets" path="classlib-gnome"/>

       The  above  configuration  file  describes that the documentation is in
       ECMA format (the compiled version) that the base file name is MyWidgets
       and  that  it  should  be hooked up in the "classlib-gnome" part of the
       tree.   If you want to  look  at  the  various  nodes  defined  in  the
       documentation,  you  can  look  at  monodoc.xml file which is typically
       installed in /usr/lib/monodoc/monodoc.xml.

       Once you have all of your files (.zip,  .tree  and  .sources)  you  can
       install them into the system with the following command:

               $ cp MyWidgets.tree MyWidgets.source `pkg-config monodoc --variable sourcesdir`

       The  above  will  copy  the  files  into the directory that Monodoc has
       registered (you might need root permissions to do this).    The  actual
       directory is returned by the pkg-config invocation.


       String IDs are used to refer to a type or member of a type.  String IDs
       are documented in ECMA-334 3rd Edition, Annex E.3.1.  They consist of a
       member type prefix , the full type name (namespace + name, separated by
       '.'), possibly followed by the member name and other information.

       Member type prefixes:

       E:     The String ID refers to an event.  The event  name  follows  the
              type name: E:System.AppDomain.AssemblyLoad

       F:     The  String  ID  refers  to a field.  The field name follows the
              type                                                       name:

       M:     Refers to a constructor or method.  Constructors append .ctor to
              the type name, while methods append the  method  name  (with  an
              optional count of the number of generic parameters).

              If  the  constructor  or method take arguments, these are listed
              within paranthesis after the constructor/method name:

              M:System.Object..ctor ,  M:System.String..ctor(System.Char[])  ,
              M:System.String.Concat(System.Object)                          ,
              M:System.Array.Sort``1(``0[])                                  ,
              M:System.Collections.Generic.List`1..ctor                      ,
              M:System.Collections.Generic.List`1.Add(`0) .

       N:     Refers to a namespace, e.g.  N:System

       P:     Refers to a property.  If the property is an  indexer  or  takes
              parameters,  the  parameter  types  are appended to the property
              name and enclosed  with  paranthesis:  P:System.String.Length  ,
              P:System.String.Chars(System.Int32) .

       T:     The String ID refers to a type, with the number of generic types
              appended: T:System.String , T:System.Collections.Generic.List`1

       To make matters more interesting, generic  types  &  members  have  two
       representations:   the  "unbound"  representation  (shown  in  examples
       above), in which class names  have  the  count  of  generic  parameters
       appended  to  their  name.   There is also a "bound" representation, in
       which the binding of generic parameters is listed within '{' and '}'.

       Unbound:             T:System.Collections.Generic.List`1              ,
       T:System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2 .

       Bound:                  T:System.Collections.Generic.List{System.Int32}

       As  you  can  see, bound variants can be arbitrarily complex (just like

       Furthermore, if a generic parameter is bound to the  generic  parameter
       of a type or method, the "index" of the type/method's generic parameter
       is used as the binding, so given
            class FooType {
              public static void Foo<T> (System.Predicate<T> predicate) {}
       The       String       ID       for        this        method        is
       M:FooType.Foo``1(System.Predicate{``0})  ,  as  ``0  is the 0th generic
       parameter index which is bound to System.Predicate<T> .


       monodocer generates documentation similar  to  the  Ecma  documentation
       format, as described in ECMA-335 3rd Edition, Partition IV, Chapter 7.

       The  principal  difference  from the ECMA format is that each type gets
       its own file, within a directory identical  to  the  namespace  of  the

       Most  of the information within the documentation should not be edited.
       This includes the type name ( /Type/@FullName ), implemented interfaces
       (       /Type/Interfaces       ),       member       information      (
       /Type/Members/Member/@MemberName , /Type/Members/Member/MemberSignature
       ,  /Type/Members/Member/MemberType  , /Type/Members/Member/Parameters ,

       What should be modified are all elements with the text To be added.   ,
       which  are  present  under  the  //Docs  elements  (e.g.   /Type/Docs ,
       /Type/Members/Member/Docs ).  The  contents  of  the  Docs  element  is
       identical  in  semantics  and  structure to the inline C# documentation
       format, consisting of these elements (listed in ECMA-334  3rd  Edition,
       Annex  E,  Section  2).   The  following  are  used  within the element

       CREF   Refers to a class (or member) reference, and is a string in  the
              format described above in the STRING ID FORMAT section.

       TEXT   Non-XML text, and XML should not be nested.

       XML    Only XML elements should be nested (which indirectly may contain
              text), but non-whitespace text should not be an immediate  child

              Free-form  text  and  XML,  so  that  other  XML elements may be

       The following elements are used in documentation:

       <block subset="SUBSET" type="TYPE">XML_TEXT</block>
              Create a block of text, similar in concept to a  paragraph,  but
              is  used to create divisions within the text.  To some extent, a
              <block/> is equivalent to the HTML <h2/> tag.

              SUBSET should always be the value none .

              TYPE specifies the heading and formatting  to  use.   Recognized
              types are:

              behaviors Creates a section with the heading Operation .

              note Creates a section with the heading Note: .

              overrides  Creates a section with the heading Note to Inheritors

              usage Creates a section with the heading Usage .

              Set text  in  a  code-like  font  (similar  to  the  HTML  <tt/>

       <code lang="LANGUAGE">TEXT</code>
              Display  multiple  lines of text in a code-like font (similar to
              the HTML <pre/> element).  LANGUAGE is the  language  this  code
              block  is  for.  For example, if LANGUAGE is C# , then TEXT will
              get syntax highlighting for the  C#  language  within  the  Mono
              Documentation Browser.

              Indicates  an  example  that should be displayed specially.  For
                     <para>An introductory paragraph.</para>
                     <code lang="C#">
                       class Example {
                         public static void Main ()
                           System.Console.WriteLine ("Hello, World!");

       <exception cref="CREF">XML_TEXT</exception>
              Identifies an exception that can be  thrown  by  the  documented

              <exception/>  is  a  top-level  element,  and  should  be nested
              directly under the <Docs/> element.

              CREF is the  exception  type  that  is  thrown,  while  XML_TEXT
              contains the circumstances that would cause CREF to be thrown.
                   <exception cref="T:System.ArgumentNullException">
                     <paramref name="foo" /> was <see langword="null" />.

              Create  a  list  or table of items.  <list/> makes use of nested
              <item>XML</item>      ,      <listheader>XML</listheader>      ,
              <term>XML_TEXT</term>  , and <description>XML_TEXT</description>

              Lists have the syntax:
                   <list type="bullet"> <!-- or type="number" -->
                     <item><term>Bullet 1</term></item>
                     <item><term>Bullet 2</term></item>
                     <item><term>Bullet 3</term></item>

              Tables have the syntax:
                   <list type="table">
                     <listheader> <!-- listheader bolds this row -->
                       <term>Column 1</term>
                       <description>Column 2</description>
                       <description>Column 3</description>
                       <term>Item 1-A</term>
                       <description>Item 1-B</description>
                       <description>Item 1-C</description>
                       <term>Item 2-A</term>
                       <description>Item 2-B</description>
                       <description>Item 2-C</description>

              Insert a paragraph of XML_TEXT
               .  This is for use within other  tags,  such  as  <example/>  ,
              <remarks/>  ,  <returns/>  ,  <term/>  and  <description/>  (see
              <list/> , above), and most other elements.

              For example,
                   <para>This is a paragraph of text.</para>

       <param name="NAME">XML_TEXT</param>
              <param/> is a top-level element, and should be  nested  directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Describes the parameter NAME of the current constructor, method,
              or property:
                   <param name="count">
                     A <see cref="T:System.Int32" /> containing the number
                     of widgets to process.

       <paramref name="NAME" />
              Indicates that NAME is a parameter.

              This usually renders NAME as italic text, so  it  is  frequently
              (ab)used  as  an  equivalent  to the HTML <i/> element.  See the
              <exception/> documentation (above) for an example.

       <permission cref="CREF">XML_TEXT</permission>
              Documentes  the  security  accessibility  requirements  of   the
              current member.

              <permission/>  is  a  top-level  element,  and  should be nested
              directly under the <Docs/> element.

              CREF is a type reference to the  security  permission  required,
              while  XML_TEXT  is  a  description  of  why  the  permission is
                   <permission cref="T:System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermission">
                     Requires permission for reading and writing files. See
                     <see cref="F:System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermissionAccess.Read" />,
                     <see cref="F:System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermissionAccess.Write" />.

              Contains detailed information about a member.

              <remarks/> is a top-level element, and should be nested directly
              under the <Docs/> element.
                   <remarks>Insert detailed information here.</remarks>


              <remarks/> is a top-level element, and should be nested directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Describes the return value of a method:
                     A <see cref="T:System.Boolean" /> specifying whether
                     or not the process can access
                     <see cref="P:Mono.Unix.UnixFileSystemInfo.FullName" />.

       <see cref="CREF" />
              Creates a link to the specified member within the current text:
                   <see cref="M:Some.Namespace.With.Type.Method" />

       <seealso cref="CREF" />

              <seealso/> is a top-level element, and should be nested directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Allows an entry to be generated for the See Also subclause.  Use
              <see/> to specify a link from within text.
                   <seealso cref="P:System.Exception.Message" />

       <since version="VERSION" />

              <since/> is a top-level element, and should be  nested  directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Permits  specification of which version introduced the specified
              type or member.
                   <since version="Gtk# 2.4" />


              <summary/> is a top-level element, and should be nested directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Provides a (brief!) overview about a type or type member.

              This  is  usually  displayed as part of a class declaration, and
              should be a reasonably short  description  of  the  type/member.
              Use <remarks/> for more detailed information.

       <typeparam name="NAME">DESCRPITION</typeparam>
              <typeparam/>  is  a  top-level  element,  and  should  be nested
              directly under the <Docs/> element.

              This is used to describe type parameter for a  generic  type  or
              generic method.

              NAME  is  the  name  of  the  type  parameter, while DESCRIPTION
              contains a description of the parameter  (what  it's  used  for,
              what restrictions it must meet, etc.).
                   <typeparam name="T">The type of the underlying collection</typeparam>

              Used to indicate that a word is a type parameter, for use within
              other text blocks (e.g. within <para/> ).
                   <para>If <typeparamref name="T" /> is a struct, then...</para>

              <value/> is a top-level element, and should be  nested  directly
              under the <Docs/> element.

              Allows a property to be described.
                     A <see cref="T:System.String" /> containing a widget name.


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