RAS manifest editor

You can edit any imported manifest file or any manifest file created using the New Manifest wizard by using the supplied RAS manifest editor. The editor consists of seven pages. Each page provides a unique way to edit the manifest file and presents much of the same material in different formats.
Note: All manifest files must be in encoded in UTF-8 format (as specified in the header of the XML document). The manifest editor provided as part of the RAS tooling support ensures that this encoding is used when writing manifest files and expects a manifest it is asked to open to be a valid UTF-8 encoded file. Editors such as the default text editor may not use UTF-8 as their default encoding. Care should be taken to ensure that UTF-8 encoding is used when modifying and saving manifest files using editors other than the predefined RAS manifest editor. If the file is inadvertently saved in another format, the manifest editor will be unable to open and validate the manifest file.
Use caution when editing a manifest file. Deletions of required information can make the asset incompatible for use.
RAS manifest editor pages Description

This page is used for editing the following attributes of the asset: name, short description, version, ID, and date. The asset profile is also contained on this page displaying name, ID history, version (major) and version (minor). The full asset description is also available on this page.


This page is used for editing the solution section of the manifest and allows dragging and dropping of artifacts from the Navigator view to this page. This page will also allow adding or removing of asset artifacts using the Add Artifact to Asset and Remove Artifact buttons.


This page is used for editing the classification section of the manifest. This section includes the Descriptor groups and their child Descriptors showing name and value and are displayed in a table tree format. In addition to the Descriptor Groups and their Descriptors, this part of the Asset may have a list of Contexts. Use the Add Descriptor, Remove and Add Descriptor Group buttons to add or remove descriptors.

Related Assets

This page displays a list of the related assets for the currently open asset. These related assets are displayed in a table format one column for each attribute; name, relationship type, ID, and Artifact Reference. The Add Related Asset and Remove Related Asset buttons allow you to add and remove assets from the table. The Open Asset in New Editor button opens the manifest file of the related asset in the RAS manifest editor.


This page displays the usage section of the manifest. The usage section is where the asset activities are stored. There are three types of activities to display; artifact activity, context ref, and asset activity.


This page displays the standard Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) tree view of the XML elements in the manifest.


This page is a standard text editor for the XML source of the manifest file. You can make changes to any part of the manifest file in this page. When you do a save, an XML validation is run in the background to ensure the changes have not corrupted the manifest file. If any errors are found, they are displayed in the RAS Default Profile Manifest Editor window.

Note: Although it is possible to change the asset's ID it is not recommended. If you do change the asset ID, use caution to ensure that this value is unique within the asset's intended reuse scope. The value can be used as a search word in a repository search.