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Platform UI/Plan/3.5

Introduction

This page contains blue sky thinking about the kind of things we would like to see in the immediate future of the Platform UI component. This is a place to collect ideas - it does not represent a commitment to implement the ideas.

Ongoing efforts

We usually spend time on all of the following.

  • Testing (both manual testing, and improving the test suites)
  • Regressions
  • Bug fixing
  • Performance
  • UI consistency
  • Exposing existing functionality as API where necessary (e.g. when important functionality required access to internals)
  • Accessibility
  • Internationalization, BiDi
  • Polish
  • Reliability / Stability / Security
  • Currency (new platforms, new versions of SWT, ICU4J, ...)

Misc (we should split this into themes when appropriate)

  • Customization improvements - the current "Customize Perspective" dialog is not very usable. Ideally, users should be able to hide UI elements (menu, toolbar, wizards, context menu, ...) that they don't need, and bring back previously hidden UI elements. Changing the order of UI elements may be too difficult given our current architecture. (proposed)
  • The properties view does not allow a user to look at the properties of multiple items at the same time. We would like the ability to pin a properties view to one object and be able to open a different properties view for a different object, so they can be compared. (proposed)
  • The usefulness of working sets is limited by the fact they are not team sharable. An option to tag resources with the information, or the ability to generate a project with the working set info could be implemented. (proposed)
  • Help the Compare, Text, and JDT Teams to produce a richer compare editor, i.e., with more Java editor features enabled. (proposed)