How to Use structs in COM interfaces when Automation
compatibility is not an issue?
Answer / krishna akkulu
Structs, also known as User Defined Types (UDTs), can be
used in Automation- compatible interfaces
An Automation- compatible struct may contain only primitive
Automation types as its members.
Nesting structs is not allowed, but VARIANT is allowed thus
enabling nested structs (you can store a struct in a
In order for a struct to be usable for Automation-
compatible interfaces, the struct must be described in a
type library and it must be declared with its own GUID:
[helpstring("A long value")]
// Later in the IDL file
[uuid(...), version(...), helpstring(...)]
For more info see : http://vcfaq.mvps.org/com/4.htm
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