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I have found javadoc pretty decent for this as well. It doesn't use a screen-eating paragraph-oriented syntax -- although if you want to do anything like bulleted lists, code formatting, etc., you just use HTML, which isn't necessarily the best solution either. Most Java editors will generate the javadoc skeleton from the method signature for you as well, which is nice. (This gets into a separate point about POD -- inconsistent formatting -- which should be the subject of a separate discussion.)

I agree with your comments about screen real-estate -- this is one of my main objections to inline POD. And if we were doing docs solely for code browsers then, clearly, we don't want it to get in the way of coders reading code.

But this problem with docs and code getting out of sync is a real one, and my personal experience (because I can be in-the-bad-way lazy) is that the docs suffer if I don't do inline POD. They'll get done eventually, but usually they get done all at once (when I do "doc writing" code sweeps) rather than at the time of coding which tends to sweep nuances and details under the rug.

Perhaps I just need to train myself better and develop good habits like Kent Beck :-)

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