Perspectives

Identifier:
org.eclipse.ui.perspective

Description:
This extension point is used to add perspective factories to the workbench. A perspective factory is used to define the initial layout and visible action sets for a perspective. The user can select a perspective by invoking the "Open Perspective" submenu of the "Window" menu.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension (perspective*)>

<!ATTLIST extension

point CDATA #REQUIRED

id    CDATA #IMPLIED

name  CDATA #IMPLIED>


<!ELEMENT perspective (description?)>

<!ATTLIST perspective

id    CDATA #REQUIRED

name  CDATA #REQUIRED

class CDATA #REQUIRED

icon  CDATA #IMPLIED

fixed (true | false) >


<!ELEMENT description (#PCDATA)>

an optional subelement whose body should contain text providing a short description of the perspective.



Examples:
The following is an example of a perspective extension:


   <extension 
        point="org.eclipse.ui.perspectives"> 
        <perspective 
            id="org.eclipse.ui.resourcePerspective" 
            name="Resource" 
            class="org.eclipse.ui.internal.ResourcePerspective" 
            icon="icons/MyIcon.png">
        </perspective> 
    </extension> 

API Information:
The value of the class attribute must be the fully qualified name of a class that implements org.eclipse.ui.IPerspectiveFactory. The class must supply the initial layout for a perspective when asked by the workbench.

The plugin_customization.ini file is used to define the default perspective. The default perspective is the first perspective which appears when the product is launched after install. It is also used when the user opens a page or window with no specified perspective. The default perspective is defined as a property within the plugin_customization.ini, as shown below. The user may also override this perspective from the workbench perspectives preference page.


    defaultPerspectiveId = org.eclipse.ui.resourcePerspective 
The perspectives which appear in the "Open Perspective" menu are shortcuts for perspective selection. This set is defined by the active perspective itself, and extensions made through the perspectiveExtensions extension point.

Supplied Implementation:
The workbench provides a "Resource Perspective". Additional perspectives may be added by plug-ins. They are selected using the "Open Perspective" submenu of the "Window" menu.


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