• File Explorer view

File Explorer view

The File Explorer view in XML ValidatorBuddy is a central place to work with your XML files. To select a folder use the Folder-browse control on the left-top corner of the window. The view displays a list of all files and folders of the folder if a valid path is available. The view allows to arrange the columns of the File Explorer and to set the width of each column separately. Those settings will be restored on the next start of the application. This way it is possible to modify the appearance of the view to fit special needs.
Once the File Explorer is filled, XML ValidatorBuddy reads additional XML related information from each document in the background. The status-line on the bottom is updated with the path of the currently scanned file during this process. Once all file information is read the status-line says "Ready." again.
If "Search in subfolders" is checked the list will also contain all files in all subfolders of the current path. This feature gives quick access to all files even in deeply nested directory trees. Reading a lot of files from all subfolders can take a while. Therefore it is possible to stop this process at any time by simply removing the check from the "Search in subfolders" option again.
Context menu
The File Explorer context menu provides quick access to the XML related functionalities of XML ValidatorBuddy. From here you can validate, transform and open one or multiple XML files. Advanced functionalities like Schematron validation and generation of Schema documentation are also accessible from here. All commands are either present in the XML menu of the menu bar or in the context menu itself. Some of the commands will open a new dialog to specify more detailed options if necessary. The context menu also contains some basic shell operations like Delete, Copy, New Folder and Properties.
It is possible to find specific files by name or other options with the Find-controls of the File Explorer view:
The "Find what" field is used to input the search string and supports the common * and ? wildcards. The "Look in" list-box allows to select on which column the search string is applied. To start searching and to get a list of matching items in the File Explorer list press the "Find" button. The existing list of items is reduced to a list of items matching the search string. Use the "Clear find" button to get all files and folders of the current path again.