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A documentation generator is a programming tool that generates software documentation intended for programmers (API documentation) or end users (End-user Guide), or both, from a set of source code files, and in some cases, binary files. Some generators, such as Doxygen or Javadoc, use special comments to drive the generation.
Types of Generation
Document generation can be divided in several types:
- Batch generation (generic technique)
- Text block correspondence (documents created based on pre-defined text blocks)
- Forms (forms for websites)
- Documentation synthesis:
Some integrated development environments provide interactive access to documentation, code metadata, etc.
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- Comparison of documentation generators
- Template processor
- Static code analysis
- Literate programming
- Integrated development environment
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