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Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Second Edition by Chris Aniszczyk, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Jeff McAffer

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Chapter 20. Customizing the Presentation of Views and Editors

Much of the “look and feel” of Eclipse applications is defined by the way editor and view tabs are shown. Most of the Eclipse IDE uses native widgets, such as toolbars, dialogs, and menus. There are some Workbench components, however, that use custom widgets. For example, native tab widgets don’t support drag-and-drop reordering, focus highlighting, and Close buttons. As such, Eclipse uses a custom widget called CTabFolder for view and editor tabs.

As you saw in Chapter 19, “Customizing Workbench Windows,” there are many good reasons to customize the look of RCP applications. Changing how editors and views are shown has a significant impact. Fortunately, you can provide your own implementation ...

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