Default XML Editor
As first thing, I suggest to put the current WTP XML editor as default editor in Eclipse SDK. It might be that someone wants a lighter, streamlined XML editor, but I’m pretty sure the Eclipse community can deal with something like this.
Source View as Default
Secondly, suppose I am using Eclipse Eclipse Jee (or equivalent SDK + JBoss Tools). In these cases, when start editing an xml file, you’ll see the default editor is a strange tabular editor which would be confusing for basic users, and also for “more expert” users, like me.
So, i propose to put the “Source” view as default view.
Minor Editor adjustments
Let’s go to the source perspective and start editing the code. The editor has autocompletion, and it is quite good, in the sense you have auto/closing tags and namespace-sensitive context-help. In this way, this is really a good editor!
I would improve the following:
- When writing an opening a tag, the IDE could auto-complete “on-the-fly” by adding a closing tag (and removing that if the user put the “/” for a “self-closing-tag”
- Automatically change the start tag or the end tag when you edit the other one, (see Lars’ description in thread)
I added the following items:
- Bug 480034 : Improve Eclipse default XML editor
- Bug 480036 : WTP XML Editor Source View as default
- Bug 480035: WTP XML Editor Automatic change tag
- Forum message#1711578: Move / Copy an Eclipse project artifact into another project