This extension point is used to register implementations of special workbench parts, called intro parts, that are responsible for introducing a product to new users. An intro part is typically shown the first time a product is started up. Rules for associating an intro part implementation with particular products are also contributed via this extension point.
The life cycle is as follows:
- The intro area is created on workbench start up. As with editor and view areas, this area is managed by an intro site (implementing
- The id of the current product (Platform.getProduct()) is used to choose the relevant intro part implementation.
- The intro part class (implementing
org.eclipse.ui.intro.IIntroPart) is created and initialized with the intro site.
- While the intro part is showing to the user, it can transition back and forth between full and standby mode (either programmatically or explicitly by the user).
- Eventually the intro part is closed (either programmatically or explicitly by the user). The current perspective takes over the entire workbench window area.
<!ELEMENT extension (
point CDATA #REQUIRED
id CDATA #IMPLIED
name CDATA #IMPLIED
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 intro EMPTY>
id CDATA #REQUIRED
icon CDATA #IMPLIED
class CDATA #REQUIRED
contentDetector CDATA #IMPLIED
label CDATA #IMPLIED
Specifies an introduction. An introduction is a product-specific presentation shown to first-time users on product start up.
id - a unique identifier for this introduction
icon - a plug-in-relative file name of the icon that will be associated with this introduction
class - a fully qualified name of the class implementing the
org.eclipse.ui.intro.IIntroPart interface. A common practice
is to subclass org.eclipse.ui.part.intro.IntroPart
in order to inherit the default functionality. This class implements the introduction.
contentDetector - a fully qualified name of a class extending
org.eclipse.ui.intro.IntroContentDetector. This optional class is used to detect newly added introduction content. If new content is available, the view showing the introduction will be opened again.
label - an string label for this introduction that will be used in the construction of the open action as well as the part label
<!ELEMENT introProductBinding EMPTY>
productId CDATA #REQUIRED
introId CDATA #REQUIRED
Specifies a binding between a product and an introduction. These bindings determine which introduction is appropriate for the current product (as defined by
productId - unique id of a product
introId - unique id of an introduction
The following is an example of an intro part extension that contributes an particular introduction and associates it with a particular product:
There are no default implementations of the initial user experience. Each Eclipse-based product is responsible for providing one that is closely matched to its branding and function.
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