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HTML validation the shining star in Orion 0.4 M1

Christmas is a time for giving, and you can't really argue the amount of seasonal gifts coming out of the Eclipse community at the moment. The first milestone for the Eclipse browser IDE, Orion 0.4 has been delivered just ahead of the Christmas rush and John Arthorne told all of the new developments in the first build.

Basic HTML validation is now available to all those using Orion, with warnings flashing up for common problems such as malformed elements, missing tags, incorrect element nesting, and duplicate element ids.

Through the addition of the CodeMirror plugin, Orion users can now connect CodeMirror syntax highlighting to the editor for a variety of languages ( C/C++, C#, Clojure, CoffeeScript, Groovy, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scheme, Smalltalk, and many others.) but also support for mixed mode documents, so JavaScript and PHP embedded within HTML files. All encompassing I'm sure you'll agree. The added bonus of CodeMirror is its ability to pinpoint errors dynamically, so warning the user as you type away.

Further tweaks include a new content type service orion.file.contenttype,allowing plugins to introduce new types in the future and associate content types with file extensions and MIME types. There's also improvements to the user interface, search refinements and a wildcard search function. More information on the new features in Orion 0.4 M1 can be found on their website, but if you can't wait, go straight to the OrionHub to download and explore.

Chris Mayer

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