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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 27, 2023

It is not possible to use another Editor for XML instead of LPEX-Editor!

I tried to use another editor for XML-Files located in IBM i-Sourcefiles.

It doesn't matter if I install a new editor or trry to use another editor, RDi always use the LPEX-Editor.

In this editor you cannot check XML-rules.

Please give us the possibility to use another Editor for XML-Files located in IBM i-Sourcefiles.

Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Maria del Carmen Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Jun 13, 2023

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM not implement this request.

    This capability al ready exists. View Vernon Hamberg comment for more information.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Apr 12, 2023

    I have a question - is the original submitter keeping XML file in IBM i source physical files? The term IBM i-Sourcefiles suggests that. So is the member type XML? I believe it has to be for it to appear in RDi RSE as an XML file.


    CAAC member

  • Guest
    Apr 12, 2023

    When I right-click an XML file and go to the Open with option, I see 6 options. The first image in the attached document shows this. I believe that the last editor I used is highlighted. That document shows a sequence of choosing an external editor that I installed. In my case, it is also the editor associated in Windows XML files, so that is an alternative to using the Browse... option, if you've set up file associations in Windows.

    I find that the last editor you pick in Open with will be the one that is used if you just click on Open when you right-click, or if you double-click on the XML file in RSE.

    The options to open with are these - my explanations might not be completely correct, but reflect what I see in of RDi:

    • Basic LPEX Editor - this presents the text with start and end tags in a different color

    • Text Editor - this presents just the simple text

    • XML Editor - this always comes up with the RDi editor that has a Design tab and a source tab

    • System Editor - this seems to be the Windows file associated application

    • Default Editor - this seems to be the XML Editor in RDi - there are ways to set this, I believe.

    As to validation, in RDi Preferences I have an XML section, and in there are XML Files and XML Schema Files, both have a Validation section. There is a section in the Help, under Eclipse documentation, on editing XML files. It has information on validation there.

    Vern - CAAC member

  • Guest
    Mar 28, 2023
    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

    IBM Power Systems Development - RDi team