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RAP 1.4 M5 - New and Noteworthy

Here's a list of the most noteworthy things that are available in the milestone build 1.4 M5 (February 4, 2011) which is now available for download.

This list shows all bugs that were fixed during this milestone.

    ToolTip widget

    RWT now has an implementation of the ToolTip widget. It represents popup windows that are used to inform or warn the user. The new ToolTip widget is fully themeable.

    Note: By introducing this new widget we had to rename the existing CSS element ToolTip to Widget-ToolTip. This CSS element is used for styling tooltip texts on widgets, as set using Control#setTooltipText(). The new ToolTip widget can now be styled with the CSS element ToolTip.
    This change was necessary to remain consistent within our naming scheme. Please update your custom themes accordingly.

    Themeable Scrollbars

    The new scrollbar-implementation is now fully themeable. This is also another small step in our effort to support mobile devices: The scrollbars can now be made wider, so it becomes much less awkward trying to hit the up/down buttons on a touch-interface. As a result the Table is now finally usable on iPad & Co.

    New API added

    This will make it easier to reuse existing code or to utilize new features. Here is a list of API methods added in this milestone:
    • CLabel#setBackground( Color[], int[] )
    • Browser#getWebBrowser()
    • Image( Device, int, int ) constructor
    • GC#setAdvanced( boolean ) and GC#getAdvanced()

    New Bundles included

    As of this milestone, RAP will be shipped with three new bundles included in the target components:
    • org.eclipse.equinox.servletbridge
    • org.eclipse.equinox.servletbridge.extensionbundle
    • org.eclipse.equinox.http.servletbridge
    With these bundles included the step to check them out for creating a WAR archive will be obsolete. Additionally, the WAR Product tooling is now able to work out-of-the-box without the need to modify an existing target platform.

    Tooltips for TreeViewer

    The TreeViewer now supports tooltips for its content too. It can be activated by calling ColumnViewerToolTipSupport#enableFor(). Afterwards you need to override CellLabelProvider#getToolTipText(Object) and have it return the respective tooltip text. Other tooltip-related methods (getToolTipBackgroundColor, etc.) are not supported.

    JFace and Workbench upgraded to 3.7

    With this milestone, the JFace and Workbench implementations shipped with RAP has been upgraded to the Eclipse 3.7 code base. The current version is based on M2 and will be updated again before the release.


    One of the most requested features in RAP is finally available. It's now possible to use key bindings, for example CTRL+S to save editors. You can define new keybindings using the standard extension point:
    Emacs key sequences are not supported and the emacsAcceleratorConfiguration scheme is missing.

    The above features are just the ones that are new since the last milestone build. Summaries for earlier builds: