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boxed comments

boxed comments in Technology

Comments that occupy several lines by themselves; so called because in assembler and C code they are often surrounded by a box in a style similar to this:
/************************************************* * * This is a boxed comment in C style * *************************************************/
Common variants of this style omit the asterisks in column 2 or add a matching row of asterisks closing the right side of the box. The sparest variant omits all but the comment delimiters themselves; the "box" is implied.
Opposite of winged comments.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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