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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Resource Markers


The workspace supports the notion of markers on arbitrary resources. A marker is a kind of metadata (similar to properties) which can be used to tag resources with user information. Markers are optionally persisted by the workspace whenever a workspace save or snapshot is done.

Users can define and query for markers of a given type. Marker types are defined in a hierarchy that supports multiple-inheritance. Marker type definitions also specify a number attributes which must or may be present on a marker of that type as well as whether or not markers of that type should be persisted.

The markers extension-point allows marker writers to register their marker types under a symbolic name that is then used from within the workspace to create and query markers. The symbolic name is the id of the marker extension. When defining a marker extension, users are encouraged to include a human-readable value for the "name" attribute which indentifies their marker and potentially may be presented to users.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( super* , persistent? , attribute*)>

<!ATTLIST extension





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


<!ATTLIST super



  • type - the fully-qualified id of a marker super type (i.e., a marker type defined by another marker extension)

<!ELEMENT persistent EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST persistent

value (true | false)


  • value - "true" or "false" indicating whether or not markers of this type should be persisted by the workspace. If the persistent characteristic is not specified, the marker type is not persisted.

<!ELEMENT attribute EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST attribute



  • name - the name of an attribute which may be present on markers of this type

Following is an example of a marker configuration:

   <extension id=
"Cool Marker"
      <persistent value=
      <super type=
      <super type=
      <attribute name=

Supplied Implementation:
The platform itself has a number of pre-defined marker types. Particular product installs may include additional markers as required.

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