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Doclet programs work with the Javadoc tool to generate documentation from code written in Java.

Doclets are written in the Java programming language and use the doclet API to:

  • Select which content to include in the documentation.
  • Format the presentation of the content.
  • Create the file that contains the documentation.

The standard doclet included with Javadoc generates API documentation as frame-based HTML files. Many non-standard doclets are available on the web, often for free. These can be used to:

  • Create other non-API types of documentation.
  • Output the documentation to other non-HTML file types such as PDF.
  • Output the documentation as HTML with additional features such as a search or with embedded UML diagrams generated from the Java classes.