This is a feature of the Objective-C compiler rather than of the runtime, anyway since it is documented nowhere and its existence was forgotten, we are documenting it here.
@compatibility_alias allows you to define a class name
as equivalent to another class name. For example:
@compatibility_alias WOApplication GSWApplication;
tells the compiler that each time it encounters
a class name, it should replace it with
GSWApplication (that is,
WOApplication is just an alias for
There are some constraints on how this can be used—
WOApplication(the alias) must not be an existing class;
GSWApplication(the real class) must be an existing class.