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Type

Switch

Syntax

{$SCOPEDENUMS ON}, or {$SCOPEDENUMS OFF}

Default

{$SCOPEDENUMS OFF}

Scope

Local



Remarks

The $SCOPEDENUMS directive enables or disables the use of scoped enumerations in Delphi code. More specifically, $SCOPEDENUMS affects only definitions of new enumerations, and only controls the addition of the enumeration's value symbols to the global scope.

In the {$SCOPEDENUMS ON} state, enumerations are scoped, and enum values are not added to the global scope. To specify a member of a scoped enum, you must include the type of the enum. For example:


type
  TFoo = (A, B, Foo);
  {$SCOPEDENUMS ON}
  TBar = (A, B, Bar);
  {$SCOPEDENUMS OFF}

begin
  Writeln(Integer(Foo));
  Writeln(Integer(A)); // TFoo.A
  Writeln(Integer(TBar.B));
  WriteLn(Integer(TBar.Bar));
  Writeln(Integer(Bar)); // Error
end;

Note that this is also valid:

 Writeln(Integer(TFoo.A));

Even though TFoo was not declared with $SCOPEDENUMS ON, the A value can still be explicitly resolved using the enumeration name.

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