Stuart Breckenridge

Auto-generating Quick Help Text with Xcode 8

Xcode 8 introduces new Editor Extension functionality that allows you to customise your coding experience. Given that Xcode 8 is still in beta I haven’t seen or tested any third party extensions just yet. However, in amongst all the new feature blurb something caught my attention:

Auto-generate Quick Help documentation

For the last few years I’ve been using the excellent VVDocumenter to assist in generating the Quick Help text, but as of Xcode 8, it’s been sherlocked.

How do you use the new in-built Quick Help text generation functionality? Simply click on the function you wish to add documentation to and then use the following key combination option + command + /, as seen in the below example.


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