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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Multipage Editors for Eclipse plugin
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2005 14:56:27 GMT
Anil Ramnanan wrote:
> I am continuing work on the Eclipse plugin and I would like to convert 
> the current editors to multipage editors. Basically, a multpage editor 
> will contain two (or more)  views. My idea is to have a view for the 
> source code as well as a view for the tree view/content outline. The 
> advantage of a multipage editor is that it make it easier to implement 
> features such as links to Eclipse's built in property editor. Also, the 
> current editor can only open a file located in a specific location e.g 
> the site.xml file has to be in src/documentation/content/xdocs. If the 
> location of this file were to move in the future then the current editor 
> would not be bale to see the file. Anyy comments on this ?


I was going to do the very same thing if/when I found the time.

I would recommend that you take a look at the Lepido project [1]. They 
have a cool tool called Axe.

"The use of AXE allows to very quickly develop new editors by providing 
a declarative approach to building form-oriented editors without 
requiring an intimate knowledge of JFace, and by associating form 
widgets to XPath expressions in the XML document, thus making it easy to 
bidirectionally bind forms to the target source file.

The AXE component has been proposed for inclusion as a new WTP component 
and according the the latest WTP PMC report will be eventually included 
in WTP 1.1. In the meantime AXE will reside in the Lepido project before 
moving to the org.eclipse.wtp namespace." (from

I've played a little with this in their Cocoon Forms editor within 
Lepdio - it's cool!

Another benfit of using that will be that we can start to bridge the two 
communities, I personally believe Forrest should be leveraged as the 
documentation generation system within Lepido and our eclipse plugin is 
the way to realise that.


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