Package org.eclipse.jface.text.formatter Description
Provides a content formatter add-on for an ITextViewer
A content formatter changes the formatting of a document region while
preserving and correctly updating the positions of the document.
defines the concept of a text formatter. It
collaborates with content type specific formatting stratgies (IFormattingStrategy
which for a given document region format the subregion with the
content type. The package contains a default implementation of IContentFormatter
Additionally, an implementation of IContentFormatterExtension
for text edit based formatting strategies. This implementation only
accepts formatting strategies
implementing the extension interface IFormattingStrategyExtension
These formatting strategies are required to handle the position
updating of the document. To facilitate the work with these text edit
based formatting strategies, a default implementation called ContextBasedFormattingStrategy
is provided. Formatting strategies inheriting from this class are text
edit based and behave context dependent. Depending on the formatting
context that is passed
to the content formatter, different preferences and modes can be used
to format different parts of a document.
To set up a proper working text edit based content formatter, the
following steps are needed:
- Create an instance of IFormattingContext. The default
implementation FormattingContext already
provides support for the conversion of preferences from a preference
store to a map and vice versa. The method getPreferenceKeys
usually has to be overridden to return the appropriate keys of the
preferences used during the formatting process. Then register a map of
with the formatting context by calling setProperty(String, Object)
with the property identifier FormattingContextProperties.CONTEXT_PREFERENCES.
- Create an instance of the text edit based content formatter class
MultiPassContentFormatter. The document partitioning and
default content type have to be passed to the constructor. This
information is needed since the content formatter is able to format
according to arbitrary partitionings and default content types.
- Register the formatting strategies for the content types that
have to be formatted. If a formatting strategy is
registered as master strategy, it is automatically associated with the
default content type of the specified partitioning.
If the formatting strategy is registered as slave strategy, it is
associated with the indicated content type during the registration.
Note that the master strategy can also be registered as a slave
strategy for a content type other than the default content type.
- Specify the proper formatting mode (see
- For whole document formatting set the property CONTEXT_DOCUMENT
of the created formatting context to true. This is
equivalent to setting
CONTEXT_REGION with a region
spanning the whole document.
- For multiple region formatting set the property
of the formatting context. Note that the content formatter
automatically aligns the offset of a region to a line start for the
master formatting strategy, it also completes eventual partitions
covered only partially by the region for the slave formatting
- For explicit formatting of a partition with the formatting
strategy registered for a certain content type use the
property CONTEXT_PARTITION. Note that the region denoted by
this property must correspond to a partition relative to the specified
partitioning in the document to be formatted. The content type of this
property overrides the content type of the partition
in the document.
- Call the method MultiPassContentFormatter#format(IDocument,
IFormattingContext) with the created formatting context
and the document to be formatted.