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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Annotation Model Creation



This extension point is used to customize the annotation model creation behavior of this plug-in's default text file buffer manager. It allows to specify which annotation model factory should be used in order to create the annotation model instance of a text file buffer created for a certain file content type, file extension, or file name.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( factory+)>

<!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

<!ELEMENT factory EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST factory

class         CDATA #REQUIRED

extensions    CDATA #IMPLIED

fileNames     CDATA #IMPLIED

contentTypeId CDATA #IMPLIED


The specification of a annotation model factory. In order to find a factory for a given file the attributes of each factory specification are consulted in the following sequence: contentTypeId, fileNames, extensions. If multiple, equally specific factory specifications are found for a given file it is not specified which factory is used.

  • class - a fully qualified name of the factory implementation class. This class must implement the org.eclipse.core.filebuffers.IAnnotationModelFactory interface.
  • extensions - a comma separated list of file extensions for which this factory should be used
  • fileNames - a comma separated list of file names for which this factory should be used
  • contentTypeId - the id of a content type as defined by the org.eclipse.core.runtime.contentTypes extension point for which this factory should be used




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