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these bugs (and a solution if you use eclipse >3.4) may be of interest to you:

a. allow more character triggers as @samuel said (fixed in 3.4 onwards): add the characters below to content assist in preferences

change the default in auto activation triggers for java to ._abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

b. allow content assist everywhere automatically (not fixed):


also to make auto complete work in xml files do the following changes in preferences -> xml -> xml files -> editor -> content assist

under auto activation section, provide the following values

  1. make auto activation delay (ms): 0
  2. prompt when these characters are inserted: <=:._abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

following screenshot explains the same

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  1. window -> preferences
  2. java -> editor -> content assist
  3. change auto-activation to suit your preferences

you will probably want to set the delay to 0.


what works:

change the auto activation triggers to .abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz_

you're unlikely to type anything else to get assist started.

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