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Table of WTP IDs

Revision as of 20:05, 19 December 2007 by D a (Talk | contribs) (Menus)


There are a vast number of ids that are used within the WTP. Every command, content-type, action, menu, etc has an id that is associated with it. This page will try to keep up to date with the various ids, where they can be found, and what they correspond too.

It is important to document the usage of the ids, especially when they relate to menus, toolbars, commands, and popus as the org.eclipse.ui.menus extension point allows for other plugins to contribute to menus based off the ids that are published. Commands are also referenced by id, and are implemented based on handlers.

Eclipse 3.3 introduced the org.eclipse.ui.menus extension point, this is to eventually replace the 4 contribution points that exist currently for creating menus. A detailed mapping can be found at Menus Extension Mapping. Paul Webster has created a good overview of the new org.eclipse.ui.menus extension point in his blog.

The Platform Command Framework contains information on how to debug handlers and commands that aren't working.


The org.eclipse.ui.menus extension point allows for the definition of menus that other plugins can contribute too. See Menu Contributions and Basic Workbench Extensions using Commands for more information specifically for working with org.eclipse.ui.menus, org.eclipse.ui.commands, and org.eclipse.ui.handlers (Platform Command Framework).

In addition, controlling when a menu or command is available can be implemented with Command Core Expressions.

Common Eclipse Menu Ids
Id Name Location Type Description
file File platform Main Menu Standard platform File Menu
edit Edit platform Main Menu Standard Edit Menu
navigate Navigate platform Main Menu Navigation Menu
project Project platform Main Menu Project Menu
window Window platform Main Menu Standard Window Menu
help Help platform Main Menu Standard Help Menu Search platform Main Menu Standard search menu

A list of Structured Text Editor menu Ids and the format of the ids can be found on the Structured Source Editing Component page.

Id Name Location Type Description
sourceMenuId Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Main Menu A general source main menu that can be contributed to from other plug-ins.
org.eclipse.core.runtime.xml.source.EditorContext Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Popup Menu Source Editors popup menu.


Commands are implemented and tied to menus using handlers. They can also be tied to actionSets and have actionDelegates. If implemented using handlers, a command may have zero to many handlers, but only zero to one may be active at any given point in time. Handlers can be specified using either the org.eclipse.ui.handlers extension point or programmatically.

Id Category Id Menu/Toolbar Location Description org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Edit SSE.ui/plugin.xml Select Enclosing org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Edit SSE.ui/plugin.xml Select Next org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Edit SSE.ui/plugin.xml Select Previous org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Edit SSE.ui/plugin.xml Select Last
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.toggle.comment org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Toggle Comment
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.add.block.comment org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Add Block Comment
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.remove.block.comment org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Remove Block Comment
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.cleanup.document org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Cleanup Document
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.format.document org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Format Document org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Format Active Elements org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Navigate SSE.ui/plugin.xml Open File From Source org.eclipse.ui.category.edit Source SSE.ui/plugin.xml Find Occurrences

Context IDs

Used to indicate when particular contexts are active.

Id Name Location Type Description
org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.structuredTextEditorScope Editing in Structured Text Editors SSE.ui/plugin.xml Context <Context for when the Structured Text Editor is being used as one of the editors. Commands should use this to determine when they are active, enabled, and/or visible on a menu or toolbar.


The following outstanding issues need to be addressed to allow complete conversion to the new org.eclipse.ui.menus extension point:

bug 213385 - The search menu in the platform uses actionSets which aren't extensible by the org.eclipse.ui.menus extension.

Core Command Expressions

Commands, Handlers, and Menu contributions are all driven by Core Command Expressions. These allow for control of when a particular command is available in a menu, when it is active, and when it is enabled. The following are some brief examples for controlling when commands are made available based on the type of variable involved.


The activeContexts variable returns a list of all the activeContextsIDs

<menuContribution locationURI="menu:sourceMenuId?after=additions">
   <command commandId="org.eclipse.wst.xml.ui.command1" id="Test" style="push">
      <visibleWhen checkEnabled="false">
         <with variable="activeContexts">
             <iterate operator="or">
                 <equals value="org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.structuredTextEditorScope"/>

This will only enable the command, when the org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui.structuredTextEditorScope is one of the active contexts. Otherwise, the command will not be shown in the menu.

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