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Platform UI/Multi-instance Properties View

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Revision as of 22:27, 21 October 2008 by (Talk | contribs) (Use cases {{bug|248103#c12}})

Ideas/Use cases/Requirements for multi-instance Properties View (PV) bug 248103:

  • Pin PV to current selection (stop following selection)
  • Inherit parents settings (For PV org.eclipse.ui.part.WorkbenchPart.getPartProperties() might be an option)
  • Inherit parents input (requires API to get the Input from the parent)
    • Setting parents state/input requires additional API whereas freezing (pinning) the parent and opening a "fresh" PV wouldn't require any additional API
    • The console view for example gets the parents content in org.eclipse.ui.internal.console.ConsoleView.consolesAdded(IConsole[])
  • New one has focus?
  • Open the new view either on the same stack or else where? (If the user wants to compare two objects, a stacked view doesn't fit)
  • Back and forward buttons to navigate between the property view instances
  • Multiple PV instances are still restorable?
    • Only restore the master property view (the first one)?
    • Only restore property view instances which are pinned?
    • Restore all property views
  • Open the properties view from the context menu of the current selection (show in) (Object id might be used for secondary view id).
  • When a second view is opened from the original view, what should happen? Should the original stop following selection or should the second one?

Existing behaviour

View Open secondary instance by Inherit parent's content Inherit parent's settings Same "input" opens new view Name new instance


Pin parent and rerun search no no  ? no


Pin and call Team > Show History on a different resource no yes  ? no


"New" button View toolbar  ? yes  ? no


"New ... View" from View menubar yes¹ no n/a yes


"New ... View" from View menubar yes¹ no n/a yes


"New ... View" from View menubar yes¹ no n/a yes


"New ... View" from View menubar yes¹ no n/a yes


Can be opened explicitly yes  ?  ?  ?

¹ Content comes from workspace

Use cases bug 248103#c12

Compare properties of two or more resources in the workbench Prakash's Blog

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