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@@ -112,7 +112,37 @@ define-ownership
<modify-argument>
<define-ownership class="target | shell"
owner="target | c++ | default" />
- </modify-argument>
+ </modify-argument>
+
+
+reference-count
+^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+
+ The reference-count tag dictates how an argument should be handled by the
+ target language reference counting system (if there is any), it also indicates
+ the kind of relationship the class owning the function being modified has with
+ the argument. For instance, in a model/view relation a view receiving a model
+ as argument for a **setModel** method should increment the model's reference
+ counting, since the model should be kept alive as much as the view lives.
+ Remember that out hypothetical view could not become parent of the model,
+ since the said model could be used by other views as well.
+ The ``action`` attribute specifies what should be done to the argument
+ reference counting when the modified method is called. It accepts the
+ following values:
+
+ * add: increments the argument reference counter.
+ * remove: decrements the argument reference counter.
+ * ignore: does nothing with the argument reference counter
+ (sounds worthless, but could be used in situations
+ where the reference counter increase is mandatory
+ by default).
+
+ .. code-block:: xml
+
+ <modify-argument>
+ <reference-count action="add|remove|ignore" />
+ </modify-argument>
+
replace-value
^^^^^^^^^^^^^