boxed comments

<programming> 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]

Last updated: 1997-07-21

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