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2.7 JFace

Whereas SWT provides access to the widgets as defined by the window system, JFace adds structure and facilities for common UI notions. The UI team describes JFace as follows: "JFace is a UI toolkit with classes for handling many common UI programming tasks. JFace is window system-independent in both its API and implementation, and is designed to work with SWT without hiding it."

It includes a whole range of UI toolkit components, from image and font registries, text support, dialogs, databinding, and frameworks for preferences and wizards to progress reporting for long-running operations. These and other JFace UI structures, such as actions and viewers, form the basis of the Eclipse UI.

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