Platform Text provides the basic building blocks for text and text editors within Eclipse and contributes the Eclipse default text editor. It consists of five parts:
Editors built with this toolkit are for example the JDT Editor or the CDT Editor. Take a look at the JDT screen casts to see some features like the J2SE 5.0 editor support in action.
Those optional plug-ins are not part of the Eclipse SDK download:
Since 3.2 Eclipse uses the SWT Browser widget to display HTML information in hovers. On some platforms (e.g. Windows) this widget has all browser features enabled, e.g. it might execute scripts that are inside the HTML content (see bug 228608 for details). Those who want to avoid this potential (but minimal) risk can download and install this optional plug-in which disables the Browser widget and displays the hovers as simple HTML.
To install simply download
the plug-in and save it into the
<install_dir>/plugins (R3.2.x - R3.3.x) or
<install_dir>/dropins (R3.4) directory.
The Development Resources show how to use Platform Text components.
Information about previous releases can be found here.
If you are interested in participating in the development of the Platform Text component, check out the developer's mailing list: email@example.com. Chat with people there about your problems and interests, and find out what you can do to help.
For more detailed information, check out the Development Resources.