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XPath Search [message #577268] Wed, 09 June 2010 13:59
Alessandro Carraro is currently offline Alessandro CarraroFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi to all.
I've the following feature request. It is not an 'official' feature request, since I do not know if there is some functionality in Eclipse or in some 3rd party plugin that offers this feature. Just an attempt to discuss an idea for a new XML plugin.

The feature I'm looking for is a search page analogous to the normal textual search page. The purpose is to look into xml documents in a certain scope (workspace, resource and children, working set) for text and structure (for example using XPath).
The reason behind this is that plugins I found work only on one resource at a time, while I'd like to search in the wole context. Textual search is what I'm using now, but sometimes I need to do searches like:

tell me what docs have tag X with prop a=10 and prob b=20. The problem is that matching
<X a="10" .... b="20">
<X a="10" .... b="20"/>
<X .... a="10" b="20">
<X .... a="10" b="20" ....>
<X a="10" b="20" ....>
<X b="20" a="10">

is rather easy for an XML lib but rather difficult to do with regular expressions.

I'd also love to have this both as UI and as core API do use it in custom XML plugin like mine (it is a 'normal' StructuredTextViewerConfigurationXML extension)

what do you think about?

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