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Overview of contributing services to the Orion editor

The built Orion editor defines a number of services for customizing its appearance and behavior. These services will typically be defined by a plug-in providing editing functionality for different programming languages or file extensions. This section will outline the services that are available for editor customization.

The Editor Context object

Orion 4.0 introduces Object References, which enable two-way communication between a service provider and the host Orion page. An Object Reference exposes functions that a service provider can call to help it fulfill a service contract. Like everything in Orion's service framework, Object References work asynchronously: all functions return Promises and the caller must wait for them to fulfill to an actual value. An Object Reference is valid only during the lifetime of its parent service call. Once the provider has fulfilled the service call, any Object References created for that call are unregistered by the framework, and cannot be used thereafter.

Many of the service APIs documented on this page now provide a special Object Reference, called the Editor Context object, as the first parameter in their function signatures. The Editor Context object contains various functions to query the state of the Orion editor, and to cause side effects. For example, if a provider needs the text from the editor buffer to fulfill its service contract, it can invoke the Editor Context's getText() method:

editorContextObject.getText().then(function(text) {
    // Use text to fulfill the provider's service contract
});

Any plugin that uses Object References must load Orion's Deferred.js in addition to the usual plugin.js script. Failure to do this will cause runtime errors when the plugin attempts to use an Object Reference.

API versions

The older API signatures are labelled as "Orion 3.0" in the documentation. These are still supported, but date from Orion releases when Object References were not available. It is preferable to use the "Orion 4.0" version of an API whenever available, as these provide greater consistency, are somewhat more efficient, and can be more easily evolved in future releases without changing method signatures.

Editor Context methods

The Editor Context object provides the following methods:

getCaretOffset()
Resolves to Number. Returns the offset of the editing caret.
getSelection()
Resolves to Selection. Returns the editor's current selection.
getText(start?, end?)
Resolves to String. Returns the text in the given range.
setCaretOffset(offset, show?)
Resolves to undefined. Sets the caret offset. If show is true, the editor will scroll to the new caret position.
setSelection(selection)
Resolves to undefined. Sets the editor's selection.
setText(text, start?, end?)
Resolves to undefined. Sets the text in the given range.

orion.edit.command

The orion.edit.command service allows plugins to provide a command that operates on the editor. Typically, the command that takes some editor text as input, performs some operation or transformation on the text, and generates a new text value. The command can also optionally receive and return selection information for changing the editor selection. The transformation can happen directly, or indirectly through a delegated UI provided by the plugin.

Service methods (Orion 4.0)

The 4.0 version of the command API allows a command to take arbitrary action using the editorContext.

execute(editorContext, options)
editorContext ObjectReference The Editor Context object.
options Object
options.contentType String The Content Type ID of the file being edited.
options.input String Path and filename being edited.

The execute() method should return a Promise, which the provider is expected to resolve when it has finished performing the command action. The command action should be performed using the Editor Context object: for example, use editorContext.setText()to change the editor text, or editorContext.setSelection() to change the editor selection. The fulfillment value of the promise is ignored.

Note: Future versions of Orion will expose delegated UI functionality through the EditorContext object. This is currently not supported, due to Bug 419764.

Service methods (Orion 3.0)

run(selectedText, text, selection, resource)
selectedText String. The text that is currently selected in the editor.
text String. Provides the entire buffer being edited.
selection orion.editor.Selection The current selection in the editor.
resource String The full path and filename of the file being edited.

The return value of run() is a CommandResult object.

The CommandResult object

A CommandResult object is either a simple String which will replace the current editor selection, or an object.

  • The object must either have a text property or a uriTemplate property.
    • If it has a text property, then the text is a replacement string for the entire editor buffer.
    • If it has a uriTemplate property, then a delegated UI iframe will be opened on the specified URI.
  • It may optionally have a width and/or height property that describes the desired size of the UI. Width and height are specified in CSS units, such as "100px" or "50em". The delegated UI must post a message back to the host window with an object that identifies itself as a delegatedUI and contains a result property that describes the new selection text or the replacement text object. (See example).
  • It may optionally have a selection object indicating the new selection value.
  • It may optionally have a status field giving status information to show in the notification area.

The Status object

A Status object has the following fields:

Severity String. Allowed values are: "Warning", "Error".
Message String. The status message to display. May include hyperlinks, given in Markdown syntax.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.command must define the following attributes:

name
String The command text to show to the user.
id
String The id of the command contribution.
tooltip

String Optional. A tooltip describing the command.

img
String Optional. The URL of an icon to associate with the command. The icon may not appear in all situations. For example, the main toolbar may not show the icon, but a menu item might show the icon.
key
Array Optional. A key binding for the command. The structure of this array matches the arguments of the orion.textview.KeyBinding constructor. See its entry in the Client API reference for details.
validationProperties
Array Optional. An array Validation Properties that must match the editor's file in order for the command to appear.
contentType
Array Optional. An array of Content Type IDs for which this command is valid.

Examples

The following examples start with the simplest editor command and then add more complexity.

Replacing the selection

This example converts the selected text to upper case. The function return value is a simple string, so this is interpreted by the editor as replacement for the original editor selection. In the service properties, we see the command provides a key binding of Ctrl+U (or Cmd+U on Mac).

  1.  var provider = new eclipse.PluginProvider();
  2.  provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.command", {
  3.    run : function(text) {
  4.      return text.toUpperCase();
  5.    }
  6.  }, {
  7.    name : "UPPERCASE",
  8.    id : "uppercase.example"
  9.    img : "/images/gear.gif",
  10.    key : [ "u", true ]
  11.  });
  12.  provider.connect();

Replacing the editor contents

This example takes the selection and wraps it in C-style block comments. In this example the function returns a complex object with both text and selection fields. These are interpreted by the editor as the new editor buffer contents, and the new editor selection. A content type is used so that this command is only available for javascript files.

 contentType: ["application/javascript"],
 run : function(selectedText, text, selection) {
   return {text: text.substring(0,selection.start) + "/*" +
     text.substring(selection.start,selection.end) + "*/" +
     text.substring(selection.end),
     selection: {start:selection.start,end:selection.end+4}};
 }

Delegating a UI before manipulating the editor

Here is an example of a delegated UI run function that computes a URL for the delegated UI based on the file name of the edited file. In this example, the function returns a complex object with a uriTemplate field and width and height properties. The UI that is opened will be responsible for posting a message back to the editor with a result object that contains either a String for the selected text or a complex object with replacement content.

  1.  id: "delegatedUI.example",
  2.  run : function(selectedText, text, selection, fileName) {
  3.    return {uriTemplate: "http://com.example/myDelegatedUI#" + fileName, width: "600px", height: "400px"};
  4.  }

The delegated UI would post a message identifying itself and including a result. The message must include a pageService property of "orion.page.delegatedUI", a source that matches the orion.edit.command service id, and either a result or a cancelled property. The following examples illustrate the different ways the result could be returned.

  1. /* a message containing replacement selected text */
  2. window.parent.postMessage(JSON.stringify({
  3.    pageService: "orion.page.delegatedUI",
  4.    source: "delegatedUI.example",
  5.    result: replacementSelection
  6. }), "*");
  7.  
  8. /* a message containing new content for the editor */
  9. window.parent.postMessage(JSON.stringify({
  10.    pageService: "orion.page.delegatedUI",
  11.    source: "delegatedUI.example",
  12.    result: JSON.stringify({text: replacementText})
  13. }), "*");
  14.  
  15. /* a message signifying user cancellation of the delegated UI */
  16. window.parent.postMessage(JSON.stringify({
  17.    pageService: "orion.page.delegatedUI",
  18.    source: "delegatedUI.example",
  19.    cancelled: true
  20. }), "*");

Google Picker example

The Google Picker is a fully functioning example of a delegated UI in an editor command. It opens a Google Picker allowing the user to pick a resource, and then inserts a link to that resource into the editor text. To install the plug-in, open this link. The code is available here.

orion.edit.contentAssist

The orion.edit.contentAssist service contributes content assist providers to the editor. A content assist provider produces suggestions for text that may be inserted into the editor at a given point. Providers are invoked when the user triggers the "content assist" action by pressing Ctrl+Space in the editor.

Service methods (Orion 4.0)

computeContentAssist(editorContext, options)
editorContext ObjectReference The Editor Context object.
options Object
options.delimiter String The line delimiter being used in the editor (CRLF, LF, etc.)
options.indentation String The leading whitespace at the start of the line.
options.line String The text of the line.
options.offset Number The offset at which content assist is being requested. Relative to the document.
options.prefix String The substring extending from the first non-word character preceding the editing caret up to the editing caret. This may give a clue about what the user was in the process of typing. It can be used to narrow down the results to be returned. The prefix is just a guess; it is not appropriate for all types of document, depending on their syntax rules.
options.selection orion.editor.Selection The current selection in the editor.
options.tab String The tab character being used in the editor. Typical values are a Tab character, or a sequence of four spaces.

Service methods (Orion 3.0)

computeProposals(buffer, offset, context)
When content assist is triggered, the editor calls this function to obtain suggestions from a content assist provider.
buffer String The entire buffer being edited.
offset Number Offset in the text buffer at which content assist is being invoked.
context Object Additional contextual information about the content assist invocation. This object has the following properties:
context.line String Text of the entire line that the editing caret is on.
context.prefix String The substring extending from the first non-word character preceding the editing caret up to the editing caret. This may give a clue about what the user intended to type, and can be used to narrow down the results to be returned. The prefix is just a guess; it is not appropriate for all types of document, depending on their syntax rules.
selection orion.editor.Selection The current selection in the editor.

Returns an Array giving possible completions that may be inserted into the editor. Result elements must be "proposal" objects having the following properties:

proposal String completion text that will be inserted in the editor if chosen. The text is inserted at the offset.
description A String describing the completion. This text will be shown in the content assist popup.
positions An optional Array of positions within the completion proposal that require user input. Supplying this property will cause the editor to enter linked mode, and the user can use the Tab key to iterate through the regions of the proposal that require user input. For example if the completion is a function, the positions could indicate the function arguments that need to be supplied. Entries in this position array must be objects with two integer properties: offset, and length describing the regions requiring user input.
escapePosition An optional Number indicating the offset the cursor should have in the document after the completion is inserted. If this value is not supplied, the cursor will be positioned at the end of the inserted text.
style A String giving styling information for the proposal. The available styles are: "default" (no styling, also used if this property is not present), "emphasis" (proposal displayed in bold), "noemphasis" (proposal is greyed out with a colored background), "hr" (proposal displayed as a <hr/> and is not selectable by up and down arrows).

Alternatively, a Deferred may be returned, which allows the suggestions to be computed asynchronously.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.contentAssist must define the following attributes:

name
String Name for the content assist provider.
contentType
Array An array of Content Type IDs that this provider can provide content assist for. The provider's computeProposals function will be called only for files having one of these content types.

Examples

The example below provides content assist suggestions for files whose name ends in .js. It offers JavaScript keywords as suggestions, by checking them against the prefix provided by the content assist engine.

  1.  var provider = new orion.PluginProvider();
  2.  provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.contentAssist",
  3.    {
  4.       computeProposals: function(buffer, offset, context) {
  5.         var keywords = [ "break", "case", "catch", "continue", "debugger", "default", "delete", "do", "else",
  6.                          "finally", "for", "function", "if", "in", "instanceof", "new", "return", "switch",
  7.                          "this", "throw", "try", "typeof", "var", "void", "while", "with" ];
  8.         var proposals = [];
  9.         for (var i=0; i < keywords.length; i++) {
  10.             var keyword = keywords[i];
  11.             if (keyword.indexOf(context.prefix) === 0) {
  12.                 proposals.push({
  13.                     proposal: keyword.substring(context.prefix.length),
  14.                     description: keyword
  15.                 });
  16.             }
  17.          }
  18.         return proposals;
  19.       }
  20.    },
  21.    {
  22.      name: "JavaScript content assist",
  23.      contentType: ["application/javascript"]
  24.    });
  25.  provider.connect();

The example below will provide completion on the character 'a' that will insert an HTML anchor element. After completion the cursor will be positioned within the href attribute.

  1.  var provider = new orion.PluginProvider();
  2.  provider.registerServiceProvider('orion.edit.contentAssist',
  3.    {
  4.      computeProposals: function(buffer, offset, context) {
  5.        var proposals = [];
  6.        if (context.prefix === 'a') {
  7.          proposals.push({
  8.            proposal: ' href=""></a>',
  9.            description: '<a></a> - HTML anchor element',
  10.            escapePosition: offset+7});
  11.        }
  12.        return proposals;
  13.    },
  14.    {
  15.      name: 'HTML content assist',
  16.      contentType: ['text/html']
  17.    });
  18.  provider.connect();

Here is an identical example to the HTML provider, but written against the Orion 4.0 API.

  1.  // Note that orion/Deferred is an implied dependency of orion/plugin here, because we are using an object reference.
  2.  define(["orion/plugin"], function(PluginProvider) {
  3.      var provider = new PluginProvider();
  4.      provider.registerServiceProvider('orion.edit.contentAssist',
  5.        {
  6.          computeContentAssist: function(editorContext, options) {
  7.            var proposals = [];
  8.            if (options.prefix === 'a') {
  9.              proposals.push({
  10.                proposal: ' href=""></a>',
  11.                description: '<a></a> - HTML anchor element',
  12.                escapePosition: offset+7});
  13.            }
  14.            return proposals;
  15.        },
  16.        {
  17.          name: 'HTML content assist',
  18.          contentType: ['text/html']
  19.        });
  20.      provider.connect();
  21.  });

More advanced content assist providers will generally use the buffer text, possibly parsing the file into an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST).

orion.edit.editor

This service declares a new editor. By default, the Orion client UI declares a single editor with id "orion.editor" which is used to edit source code. Using this service, you can declare entirely new editors (for example, you could register an editor that provided a paint interface for drawing images).

Contributions to this service do not directly affect the Orion UI. Instead, this service is typically used in combination with two other services, which allow new file types to be defined and associated with editors. See:

Service methods

None. This service is purely declarative.

Service attributes

id
String The unique identifier of this editor.
name
String The user-readable name of this editor.
uriTemplate
String Gives a URI template for constructing a URL that can be followed to drive this editor to a particular file. The parameter Location is substituted with the URL of the file being edited. The template is specified using the URI Template syntax.
orionTemplate
String Optional. Gives an Orion template for constructing the editor URL. This serves the same purpose as the uriTemplate field. However an Orion template allows a more human-readable parameter encoding scheme than a URI Template. If both fields are provided, the orionTemplate takes priority over the uriTemplate.
NOTE: Orion templates are not yet standardized.

Examples

This example code declares an editor called "My Great Editor". When My Great Editor is used to edit a file in Orion, the user will be pointed to a URL containing the location of the file they want to edit as "fileToEdit" in the query portion of the URL. Presumably myGreatEditor.php would read the string and open the file. Authentication is beyond the scope of this example.

  1. var provider = new eclipse.PluginProvider();
  2. provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.editor", {},
  3.     { id: "example.mygreateditor",
  4.       name: "My Great Editor",
  5.       uriTemplate: "http://mysite.com/myGreatEditor.php?fileToEdit={Location}"
  6.     });

The code below shows a complete example of how to use the orion.editor, orion.core.contenttype, and orion.navigate.openWith services in conjunction to declare a new editor, declare new file types, and associate them together. The example is adapted from Orion's own source code.

  1.   // Declare an editor
  2.   provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.editor", {}, {
  3.     id: "orion.editor",
  4.     name: "Orion Editor",
  5.     uriTemplate: "../edit/edit.html#{Location,params*}",
  6.     orionTemplate: "../edit/edit.html#{,Location,params*}"});
  7.  
  8.   // Declare content types
  9.   provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.core.contenttype", {}, {
  10.     contentTypes:
  11.       [{ id: "text/plain",
  12.          name: "Text",
  13.          extension: ["txt"]
  14.       },
  15.       {  id: "text/html",
  16.          "extends": "text/plain",
  17.          name: "HTML",
  18.          extension: ["html", "htm"]
  19.       }]
  20.     });
  21.  
  22.   // Associate editor with content types
  23.   provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.navigate.openWith", {}, {
  24.       editor: "orion.editor",
  25.       contentType: ["text/plain", "text/html"]});
  26.  
  27.   provider.connect();

Note that the order of these registerServiceProvider() calls is not important.

orion.edit.highlighter

The orion.edit.highlighter service contributes syntax highlighting rules to the editor. A highlighter service may provide highlighting in one of two ways:

  • By passing a grammar, which is a declarative description of a language's syntax. The grammar tells the Orion editor how to recognize and style language constructs in a file.
  • By writing a highlighter, which allows highlighting information to be calculated asynchronously by the provider itself and sent to the Orion editor for display.

The service also provides a list of content types. When the editor opens a file of a registered content type, the provider is invoked (using one of the two methods described above) to obtain the styling.

NOTE: The "highlighter" API is experimental and subject to change in future versions.

Service methods

Implementations of orion.edit.highlighter whose type attribute is "highlighter", must define the following method:

setContentType(contentTypeId)
contentTypeId String The Content Type ID of the file that is being edited.

Orion invokes this method to inform the provider what kind of file it must provide highlighting for. This allows the provider that to register itself with several content types, but implement different logic for each type.

When this provider's type is "grammar", no service methods are defined: a grammar provider is purely declarative.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.highlighter must define the following attributes:

type
String What kind of highlight provider is being registered. Allowed values are "grammar" and "highlighter". Future versions may support more.
contentType
Array An array of Content Type IDs that this provider will be used for.
grammar
Object Optional. When the type of this provider is "grammar", this attribute holds an object giving the grammar to be used to assign style classes. This object is a JavaScript equivalent of the format described here.

Service events

When the type of the provider is "highlighter", the provider must independently listen to changes in the Orion text editor by registering with the orion.edit.model service, and calculate the necessary highlighting information in response to the changes. Whenever highlighting information is available, the provider must dispatch an event of type "orion.edit.highlighter.styleReady" containing the styles. The event will be used by the Orion editor to apply styles to the file being displayed.

orion.edit.highlighter.styleReady
This event is documented in the Orion Client API reference as orion.editor.StyleReadyEvent. Consult its entry there for detailed information.

When the type of the provider is "grammar", the provider dispatches no service events.

Example of a 'grammar' provider

  1.  var provider = new eclipse.PluginProvider();
  2.  provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.highlighter",
  3.    {
  4.      // "grammar" provider is purely declarative. No service methods.
  5.    }, {
  6.      type : "grammar",
  7.      contentType: ["text/html"],
  8.      grammar: {
  9.        patterns: [
  10.            {  begin: "<!--",
  11.               end: "-->",
  12.               captures: { "0": "punctuation.definition.comment.html" },
  13.               contentName: "comment.block.html"
  14.            }
  15.        ]
  16.      }
  17.    });
  18.  provider.connect();

The above example provides a grammar to be used for HTML files. It will assign the CSS class punctuation-definition-comment-html to the <!-- and --> delimiters, and assign the CSS class comment-block-html to the text inside the delimiters. Consult this reference for a full description of the grammar format.

(Note that some aspects of the grammar format are not supported. See orion.editor.TextMateStyler in the Client API reference for a detailed explanation.)

Example of a 'highlighter' provider

See the source code of the orion-codemirror plugin, particularly these lines.

orion.edit.model

An orion.edit.model service provides listeners on changes made to the orion.textview.TextView that powers the Orion editor.

Service methods

An implementation of orion.edit.model may define zero or more functions depending on what event types it wants to receive. When an event of type X is dispatched by the TextView, this the implementation's service method named onX will be invoked to handle. For example, a "ModelChanged" event type causes the the provider's "onModelChanged()" method to be invoked.

The methods are always invoked with a single parameter, event, containing the event data that was dispatched by the TextView. The return value is ignored.

The current list of supported onXXXX methods is as follows:

  • onContextMenu(event)
  • onDragStart(event)
  • onDragEnd(event)
  • onDragEnter(event)
  • onDragOver(event)
  • onDragLeave(event)
  • onDragStop(event)
  • onModelChanging(event)
  • onModelChanged(event)
  • onModify(event)
  • onMouseDown(event)
  • onMouseUp(event)
  • onMouseMove(event)
  • onMouseOver(event)
  • onMouseOut(event)
  • onScroll(event)
  • onVerify(event)
  • onFocus(event)
  • onBlur(event)

Consult the TextView Client API reference for details about these event types.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.model must define the following attributes:

contentType
String[] An array of Content Type IDs that this provider wants to receive events for. The provider will only be notified of events that occur when the file being edited matches (or descends from) a content type given in the array.

Example 1

The following example prints out some information to the browser console when certain text events occur while a JavaScript file is being edited.

  1. var provider = new orion.PluginProvider();
  2. provider.registerService("orion.edit.model",
  3.     {
  4.         onModelChanging: function(event) {
  5.             console.log("Text is about to be inserted: " + event.text);
  6.         },
  7.         onScroll: function(event) {
  8.             console.log("Editor scrolled to " + event.newValue.x + ", " + event.newValue.y);
  9.         }
  10.     },
  11.     {
  12.         contentType: [ "application/javascript" ]
  13.     }});
  14. provider.connect();

Example 2

See the source code of the orion-codemirror plugin.

orion.edit.occurrences

The orion.edit.occurrences service allows plugins to compute identifier occurrences for specific content types.

Service methods

Implementations of orion.edit.occurrences must define the following function:

computeOccurrences(editorContext, context)
editorContext is an orion.edit.EditorContext object that contains all of the information about the current editor.
context is an object that contains the current selection in the editor to find occurrences for.

The return value (or fulfillment value) is an Array of top-level occurrence objects, which will be automatically marked in the editor.

The Occurrence object

Each occurrence object has these properties:

start Number The offset into the file for the start of the occurrence
end Number The offset into the file for the end of the occurrence

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.occurrences may define the following attributes:

contentType
Array An array of Content Type IDs for which this occurrence computer is valid.
pattern
String A string to create a regular expression to determine if this occurrence service applies to the current context. This attribute has been

deprecated in favor of contentType.

Examples

The following example is how Orion plugs in occurrence support for JavaScript:

  1. var provider = new orion.PluginProvider();
  2. provider.registerService('orion.edit.occurrences',
  3.    {
  4.        computeOccurrences: function(editorContext, context) {
  5.            return [];
  6.        }
  7.    {
  8.      contentType: ["application/javascript"]
  9.    });
  10. provider.connect();

orion.edit.outliner

An orion.edit.outliner service provides an overview of a file being edited. The overview is given as a tree, which the Orion UI renders in the left-hand pane alongside the file you are editing. Items in the tree can be links that take you to the appropriate position in the file, or to another URL entirely.

Service methods (Orion 4.0)

A provider implements the computeOutline method, whose signature is as follows:

computeOutline(editorContext, options)
editorContext ObjectReference The Editor Context object.
options Object
options.contentType String The Content Type ID of the file being edited.

The return value (or fulfillment value) is an Array of top-level OutlineElement objects, which will be displayed in the outline pane.

Service methods (Orion 3.0)

A provider implements the getOutline method, whose signature is as follows:

getOutline(contents, title)
contents String The contents of the file being edited.
title String The path and filename of the file being edited.

Returns an Array of top-level OutlineElement objects, which will be displayed in the outline pane.

The OutlineElement object

Each OutlineElement has these properties:

label String Text to be shown in the UI for this element.
className String Optional A space-separated list of CSS class names to be applied to this element in the UI.
children Array Optional Array of child OutlineElements of this element. Children may be nested to an arbitrary depth.
line Number Optional The line number within the file to use as the link for this element in the UI. Line numbers begin counting from 1.
The optional properties column, start, end, text may be provided for finer-grained control. (Consult the orion.util.hashFromPosition() documentation in the Client API reference for details about these parameters.)
href String Optional When line is omitted, the href property provides a URL to use as the link.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.outliner must define the following attributes:

contentType
Array An array of Content Type IDs giving the types of files that this outliner can provide an outline for.
id
String A unique identifier for this outline provider.
name
String A user-readable name for this outline provider.

Examples

This example shows an outline provider that runs on .txt files. It finds Mediawiki-style =Section Headings= and generates a flat outline from them. (A more elaborate implementation might also find subsections and include them as children of the top-level sections.)

 var provider = new eclipse.PluginProvider();
 provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.outliner", {
   getOutline: function(contents, title) {
     var outline = [];
     var lines = contents.split(/\r?\n/);
     for (var i=0; i < lines.length; i++) {
       var line = lines[i];
       var match = /^=\s*(.+?)\s*=$/.exec(line);
       if (match) {
         outline.push({
            label: match[1],
            line: i+1  // lines are numbered from 1
         });
       }
     }
     return outline;
   }
 }, {
   contentType: ["text/plain"],
   name: "Headings",
   id: "orion.outliner.example.headings"
 });
 provider.connect();

orion.edit.validator

An orion.edit.validator service provides a function that can check the contents of a file and return a data structure indicating where problems are. The result of this service is used by the Orion UI to create annotations in the ruler beside each problematic line, and also to underline the specific portion of the document where the problem occurs.

Service methods (Orion 4.0)

computeProblems(editorContext, options)
editorContext ObjectReference The Editor Context object.
options Object
options.contentType String The Content Type ID of the file being edited.
options.title String The path and filename of the file being edited.

Returns (or fulfills to) an Object giving the validation result. The returned object must have a problems property giving an Array of problems found in the file.

Service methods (Orion 3.0)

checkSyntax(title, contents)
title String The path and filename of the file being edited.
contents String The contents of the file being edited.

Returns an Object giving the validation result. The returned object must have a problems property whose value is an array giving the problems found in the file.

The Problem object

A Problem object has the following properties:

description String A description of the problem.
severity String Optional. Gives the severity of this problem. The severity affects how the problem is displayed in the Orion UI. Allowed values are "warning" and "error". (If omitted, "error" is assumed.)

A problem will have additional properties that give its location within the file. The location can be specified using line+column, or using offsets.

For a line-based problem, you provide a line number and columns:

line Number The line number where the problem was found. (Line numbers begin counting from 1.)
start Number The column within the line where the problem begins. (Columns begin counting from 1.)
end Number Optional The column within the line where the problems ends. (If omitted, start+1 is assumed.)

For a document-based problem, you provide character offsets:

start Number The offset at which the problem begins. (0=first character in the document.)
end Number Optional The offset at which the problem ends. (If omitted, start+1 is assumed.)

A document-based problem can span several lines.

Service attributes

Implementations of orion.edit.validator must define the following attributes:

contentType
Array An array of Content Type IDs giving the types of files that this validator is capable of validating.

Examples

 var provider = new eclipse.PluginProvider();
 var serviceProvider = provider.registerServiceProvider("orion.edit.validator",
   {
      checkSyntax: function(title, contents) {
        var problems = [];
        var lines = contents.split(/\r?\n/);
        for (var i=0; i < lines.length; i++) {
          var line = lines[i];
          var match = /\t \t| \t /.exec(line);
          if (match) {
            problems.push({
              description: "Mixed spaces and tabs",
              line: i + 1,
              start: match.index + 1,
              end: match.index + match[0].length + 1,
              severity: "warning" });
          }
        }
        var result = { problems: problems };
        return result;
      }
   },
   {
      contentType: ["application/javascript"]
   });
 provider.connect();

This example will validate JavaScript files. It finds lines containing a sequence of space-tab-space or tab-space-tab and produces a warning on every such line. Note that +1 is necessary because column and line indices in the Orion UI are numbered from 1, not 0.