>XML Syntax – Oxygen XML Skin

>Okay, so I’ll admit that setting I used was a tad bright and might have given somebody skin cancer from the sun that it was channelling. So, the nice thing is that you can emulate other editor syntax colors as well. Here is a screen shot of the Web Standard Tools XML editor taking on the look of the Oxygen XML syntax colors:

This basically sets the following:

  • tag names and tag delimiters – blue
  • attribute names – orange
  • attribute values – brown
  • comments and comment delimiters – green
  • processing instructions and processing instruction delimiters – purple
  • entity declarations – tan
  • text – black

What was interesting in setting this up, is that Oxygen XML has a few more tweakable pieces that the Web Standard Tools can’t tweak. The following is what Web Standard Tools can’t set to a different color:

  • Equals sign can’t be changed. It has no syntax color setting in the XML editor preferences.
  • Qutoes can’t be changed. Both single and double. Again these are part of the attribute value region.
  • Processing Instruction Name. This takes on the same color as the tag name.
  • DocType Name. Again this is treated as a tag name in wtp.
  • Prefixes. Oxygen has the ability to reset the tag and tag delimiter colors based on the prefix name. So items in a docbook or schema, or other prefix can have their own colors.

But these are really minor issues, and you can emulate any other editor’s syntax colors fairly easily. Play around with it and see what you can come up with.

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2 Responses to >XML Syntax – Oxygen XML Skin

  1. Reinhold says:

    >Hi David,can you please tell me which plugins are needed to get this XML editor running? It isn’t part of Eclipse Classic, is it?Thanks in advance,Reinhold

  2. David Carver says:

    >Sure. You can download the eclipse Java edition which has the XML editor included. The Eclipse Java JEE which contains all of eclipse webtools installed.Or you can get the Eclipse Web Standard Tools plugins, and it’s prereqs from the web tools download page:http://www.eclipse.org/webtools/

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