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References Element (Visual Studio Templates)

Groups the assembly references that the template adds to projects.

<VSTemplate>
   <TemplateContent>
     <References>
<References>
    <Reference>... </Reference>
    <Reference>... </Reference>
    ...
</References>

The following sections describe attribute, child elements, and parent elements.

Attributes

None.

Child Elements

Element

Description

Reference

Required element.

Specifies the assembly reference to add when the item is added to a project. There must be one or more Reference elements in a References element.

Parent Elements

Element

Description

TemplateContent

Specifies the contents of the template.

References is an optional child element of TemplateContent.

The Reference and References elements can only be used in .vstemplate files that have a Type attribute value of Item.

The following example illustrates the TemplateContent element of an item template. This XML adds references to the System.dll and System.Data.dll assemblies.

<TemplateContent>
    <References>
        <Reference>
            <Assembly>
                System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
            </Assembly>
        </Reference>
        <Reference>
            <Assembly>
                System.Data, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
            </Assembly>
        </Reference>
    </References>
    ...
</TemplateContent>
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