The basic code formatter in XML/XSL editing does not behave in a hierarchical way.
If I type : <element> and hit return, the cursor ends up just under the "<" instead of moving a tab forward, to show the hierarchical relationship with the parent node (like Java editor would do, in presence of a curly bracket).
I know this is a common behavior for all Eclipse editors, and this is pretty smart and correct in most cases, but I was wondering if there's a way to set a custom formatter to the XML editor, to achieve this result.
I'm pretty familiar with WTP development but I couldn't find my way in there, so any hint that might require editing the editor core itself are welcome as well (for exploration purposes).
Of course, any information about community purposes to include this feature are very welcome.
Simone Pezzano wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> The basic code formatter in XML/XSL editing does not behave in a
> hierarchical way.
> If I type : <element> and hit return, the cursor ends up just under the
> "<" instead of moving a tab forward, to show the hierarchical
> relationship with the parent node (like Java editor would do, in
> presence of a curly bracket).
Actually, this isn't the formatter at all, it's the automatic
indentation strategy being used, and that may be the cause for the
discrepancy. Some enhancements have been made for the Helios
release, so you might want to try out a recent milestone to see if
it's working more the way you want. Otherwise a feature request in
Bugzilla's the best way to get things kick-started. If nothing
else, it gives us a place to help guide your contributions and to
attach patches to.
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