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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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StructureMerge Viewers


This extension point allows a plug-in to register compare/merge viewers for structural content types. The viewer is expected to extend org.eclipse.jface.viewers.Viewer. However, since viewers don't have a default constructor, the extension point must implement the factory interface for viewers

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( viewer* , contentTypeBinding*)>

<!ATTLIST extension





  • point - a fully qualified identifier of the target extension point
  • id - an optional identifier of the extension instance
  • name - an optional name of the extension instance


<!ATTLIST viewer

id         CDATA #REQUIRED

class      CDATA #REQUIRED

extensions CDATA #REQUIRED

label      CDATA #IMPLIED


  • id - a unique identifier that can be used to reference the viewer
  • class - a fully qualified name of a class that implements a factory for the structure merge viewer and implements
  • extensions - a comma separated list of file extensions e.g. "zip, jar"
  • label - Since 3.5. A translatable label that will be used in the UI for this viewer.

<!ELEMENT contentTypeBinding EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST contentTypeBinding

contentTypeId          IDREF #REQUIRED

structureMergeViewerId IDREF #REQUIRED


A contentTypeBinding binds a structure merge viewer to a content type.

  • contentTypeId - The id of a content type defined using the org.eclipse.core.contenttype.contentTypes extension point.
  • structureMergeViewerId - The id of a structure merge viewer defined using the viewer element of this extension point (i.e.

The following is an example of compare/merge viewer for zip files (extension "zip"):

<extension point = 

"Binary Compare"

Supplied Implementation:
The Compare UI plugin defines a structure compare viewer for zip archives.

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