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  1. FAQ 319: What is eScript?
  2. FAQ 320: Language integration phase 1: How do I compile and build programs?
  3. FAQ 321: How do I load source files edited outside Eclipse?
  4. FAQ 322: How do I run an external builder on my source files?
  5. FAQ 323: How do I implement a compiler that runs inside Eclipse?
  6. FAQ 324: How do I react to changes in source files?
  7. FAQ 325: How do I implement an Eclipse builder?
  8. FAQ 326: Where are project build specifications stored?
  9. FAQ 327: How do I add a builder to a given project?
  10. FAQ 328: How do I implement an incremental project builder?
  11. FAQ 329: How do I handle setup problems for a given builder?
  12. FAQ 330: How do I make my compiler incremental?
  13. FAQ 331: Language integration phase 2: How do I implement a DOM?
  14. FAQ 332: How do I implement a DOM for my language?
  15. FAQ 333: How can I ensure that my model is scalable?
  16. FAQ 334: Language integration phase 3: How do I edit programs?
  17. FAQ 335: How do I write an editor for my own language?
  18. FAQ 336: How do I add Content Assist to my language editor?
  19. FAQ 337: How do I add hover support to my text editor?
  20. FAQ 338: How do I create problem markers for my compiler?
  21. FAQ 339: How do I implement Quick Fixes for my own language?
  22. FAQ 340: How do I support refactoring for my own language?
  23. FAQ 341: How do I create an Outline view for my own language editor?
  24. FAQ 342: Language integration phase 4: What are the finishing touches?
  25. FAQ 343: What wizards do I define for my own language?
  26. FAQ 344: When does my language need its own nature?
  27. FAQ 345: When does my language need its own perspective?
  28. FAQ 346: How do I add documentation and help for my own language?
  29. FAQ 347: How do I support source-level debugging for my own language?
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FAQ 341: How do I create an Outline view for my own language editor?

The Outline view is not generated by the editor framework. In fact, this view is offered by the org.eclipse.ui.views plug-in. When the user changes editors, your editor will be asked to provide an IContentOutlinePage adapter for an Outline view. This is how you could implement your outline viewer:

public Object getAdapter(Class required) {
   if (IContentOutlinePage.class.equals(required)) {
      if (myOutlinePage == null) {
         myOutlinePage = new CoolLanguageContentOutlinePage(
                        getDocumentProvider(), this);
      return myOutlinePage;
   return super.getAdapter(required);

Most programming languages are inherently hierarchical. Therefore, to show the content outline of a certain program file, most editors deploy a tree. If you think that a tree is the most appropriate way to show the outline of your programs, you should consider subclassing from class ContentOutlinePage in the org.eclipse.ui.views.contentoutline package. This class already sets you up with a TreeViewer, and all you need to provide are a content provider, a label provider, and the input:

public void createControl(Composite parent) {
   TreeViewer viewer= getTreeViewer();
   viewer.setContentProvider(new MyContentProvider());
   viewer.setLabelProvider(new MyLabelProvider());

You will want to update the selection in your Outline view when the cursor is moved in the editor. Similarly, if the structure of the program changed—code added or removed—the outline has to be updated. This is typically performed with a JFace text model reconciler.

When the user selects a node in the Outline view, the editor should change selection to the selected element and make it visible.


FAQ 273 How do I use a model reconciler?
FAQ 342 Language integration phase 4: What are the finishing touches?

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