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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Export Wizards


This extension point is used to register export wizard extensions. Export wizards appear as choices within the "Export Dialog", and are used to export resources from the workbench.

Wizards may optionally specify a description subelement whose body should contain short text about the wizard.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( category | wizard)*>

<!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 category EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST category

id             CDATA #REQUIRED

name           CDATA #REQUIRED

parentCategory IDREF #IMPLIED


  • id - a unique name that can be used to identify this category
  • name - a translatable name of the category that will be used in the dialog box
  • parentCategory - a path to another category if this category should be added as a child

<!ELEMENT wizard ( description? , selection*)>

<!ATTLIST wizard







an element that will be used to create export wizard

  • id - a unique name that will be used to identify this wizard
  • name - a translatable name that will be used in the dialog box to represent this wizard
  • category - a slash-delimited path ('/') of category IDs. Each token in the path must represent a valid category ID previously defined by this or some other plug-in. If omitted, the wizard will be added to the "Other" category.
  • class - a fully qualified name of the class that implements org.eclipse.ui.IExportWizard interface
  • icon - a relative name of the icon that will be used alongside the wizard name in the export engine listing.

<!ELEMENT description (#PCDATA)>

an optional subelement whose body should represent a short description of the export engine functionality.

<!ELEMENT selection EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST selection




an optional element that restricts the types and names of objects that can be selected when the wizard is invoked.

  • name - an optional name filter. Each object in the workbench selection must match the name filter to be passed to the wizard.
  • class - a fully qualified class name. If each object in the workbench selection implements this interface the selection will be passed to the wizard. Otherwise, an empty selection is passed.

The following is an example of an export extension definition:

"XYZ Web Exporter"
            A simple engine that exports Web project 
         <selection class=

Supplied Implementation:
The workbench comes preloaded with basic export engines for files and directories.

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