Text Annotation

Sat Feb 01 2020
Eclipse plugin for annotating text files.


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Quick Setup

For now the plugin has to be installed manually. Download the latest edu.kit.textannotation.annotationplugin-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar file from the most recent release and place it in %eclipse-install-dir%/dropins/plugins. The plugins subdirectory might not exist yet and has to be created in this case.

Then start eclipse with the -clean option for it to load the plugin.


The repository comes with an example Eclipse workspace to explore the functions of the plugin. Clone the repository with git clone && cd textannotation/example and open an Eclipse workspace at that location. You can then open the file annotation-example-project/travelManagement.taf in Eclipse with the plugin installed.

Using the Annotation Perspective

The plugin adds a custom perspective that provides all necessary views for using the plugin. Click the perspective shortcut on the top right or navigate through the menu bar via Window > Perspective > Open Perspective and open the Text Annotation Perspective. This automatically opens the relevant views and adds shortcuts for creating new files.


The user documentation as well as a documentation on the development of this plugin is located here.


The plugin uses the default logging service of Eclipse. By default, all logs are saved at workspace/.metadata/.log or eclipse/configuration/*.log. You can also open the logs from within eclipse via Window > Show View > PDE Runtime > Error Log. Logging granularity can be changed via the config.ini file of eclipse by adapting the eclipse.log.level to one of the following: INFO, WARNING, ERROR.


This plugin was developed during a practical project at the Karlsruher Institut of Technology.

The project is documented here.

The icon used in the plugin is part of the Silk Iconset by, and licensec under the CC Attribution 2.5 license.

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Lukas Bach
Software engineer at GoTo