Altova XMLSpy 2024 Enterprise Edition

XMLSpy Perspective in Eclipse

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In Eclipse, a perspective is a GUI view that is configured with the functionality of a specific application. After XMLSpy has been integrated in Eclipse, a new perspective, named XMLSpy, becomes available in Eclipse. This perspective is a GUI that resembles the XMLSpy GUI and includes a number of its components.


When a file having a filetype associated with XMLSpy is opened (.xml, for example), this file can be edited in the XMLSpy perspective. Similarly, a file of another filetype can be opened in another perspective in Eclipse. Additionally, for any active file, you can switch the perspective (see below), thus allowing you to edit or process that file in another environment.


There are therefore two main advantage of perspectives:


1.Being able to quickly change the working environment of the active file, and

2.Being able to switch between files without having to open a new development environment (the associated environment is available in a perspective)


Working with the XMLSpy perspective involves the following key procedures, which are described further below:


Switching to the XMLSpy perspective.

Setting preferences for the XMLSpy perspective.

Customizing the XMLSpy perspective.


Switch to the XMLSpy perspective

In Eclipse, select the command Window | Perspective | Open Perspective | Other. In the dialog that appears (screenshot below), select XMLSpy, and click Open.

Click to expand/collapse

The empty window or the active document will now have the XMLSpy perspective. This is how the user switches the perspective via the menu. To access a perspective faster from another perspective, you can set the required perspective to be listed in the Open Perspective submenu, above the Other item. This setting is in the customization dialog (see further below).


Perspectives can also be switched when a file is opened or made active. The perspective of the application associated with a file's filetype will be automatically opened when that file is opened for the first time. Before the perspective is switched, a dialog appears asking whether you wish to have the default perspective automatically associated with this filetype. Check the Do Not Ask Again option if you wish to associate the perspective with the filetype without having to be prompted each time a file of this filetype is opened and then click OK.


Preferences for the XMLSpy perspective

To access the Preferences of a perspective, select the command Window | Preferences. In the list of perspectives in the left pane, select XMLSpy, then select the required preferences. Finish by clicking OK.


The preferences of a perspective include:


To automatically switch to the XMLSpy perspective when a file of an associated filetype is opened (see above)

Options for including or excluding individual XMLSpy toolbars

Access to XMLSpy options.


Customize the XMLSpy perspective

The customization options enable you to determine what shortcuts and commands are included in the perspective. To access the Customize Perspective dialog of a perspective, make that perspective the active perspective and select the command Window | Perspective | Customize Perspective.

In the Toolbar Visibility and Menu Visibility tabs, you can specify which toolbars and menus are to be displayed.

In the Action Set Availability tab, you can add action sets to their parent menus and to the toolbar. If you wish to enable an action group, check its check box.

In the Shortcuts tab of the Customize Perspective dialog, you can set shortcuts for submenus. Select the required submenu in the Submenus combo box. Then select a shortcut category, and check the shortcuts you wish to include for the perspective.


Click Apply and Close to complete the customization and for the changes to take effect.


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