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Author's profile photo Mariana Naboka

Provide your input on the next-generation Annotation Modeler 

Developers that create SAP Fiori elements apps know that using annotations makes the standard SAP Fiori elements page types look and behave like the apps your end users request. SAP Fiori tools includes an XML language server protocol that provides code completion when editing XML annotations. We are exploring what the next generation Annotation Modeler should look like.  

  • Is a code editor sufficient for annotation modeling 
  • Do we need a graphical editor too 
  • When would you need both?  

These are some of the questions we are exploring by means of a survey and some individual phone interviews.  

If you have created SAP Fiori elements apps and used the Annotation Modeler in Web IDE, we invite you to take our survey.

If you have used the LSP functionality in SAP Fiori tools, we also welcome your feedback through the survey 

The latest tools for annotation modeling are part of the XML LSP in SAP Fiori toolsSAP Fiori tools is a set of extensions that runs in SAP Business Application Studio or Visual Studio Code. The XML annotation language server accelerates how you define annotations in the xml code editor, reducing the effort and improving consistency in your code. It provides suggestions for which annotations and properties can be used, based on the context, and checks your annotation files against OData vocabularies and metadata to identify any syntax errors. 

Unlike the Annotation Modeler in the Web IDE, the current annotation tools are code-based only and do not have a graphical editor. For our next generation annotation modeler, we are exploring what capabilities it should have.  

While the survey will provide quantitative feedback, we also would like to have some in-depth conversations to better understand how you use the annotation modeler and what you would like to see in the next generation.  

Please email me using the standard firstname.lastname at format. 

You can also include your feedback about the annotation modeler in the comments below.  

For the SAP UX product team, Mariana Naboka. 

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      Author's profile photo Holger Schäfer
      Holger Schäfer

      Hi Mariana,

      just entered the survey and i am interested in the 30min session.

      Best Regards


      Author's profile photo Mariana Naboka
      Mariana Naboka
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Holger,
      great, thanks! We will contact you on that soon to schedule a call.

      Best Regards,


      Author's profile photo V R S S PAVAN KANDALAM

      Hi Mariana Naboka

      Just done with the survey. Is the session completed already or yet to be scheduled

      Thank you


      Author's profile photo Florian Halder
      Florian Halder

      Hi Mariana Naboka

      a visual layout editor for modeling annotations would be great! Are there any news about that feature?

      Thanks, Florian

      Author's profile photo Mariana Naboka
      Mariana Naboka
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Florian,

      thanks for asking. In this survey, we got responses with diverse preferences. So considering this diversity as well as technical factors, we decided to enhance a Page Editor in Fiori Tools with the annotation based features. It provides a schematic interface with the structure of the selected page  and you can easily add new UI elements based on annotations with the + button or edit the properties of existing elements in the properties pane. If you want to see the annotations generating under the hood, you can use the go to code button navigating you to the relevant place in your annotation file.

      It was introduced just a few days ago as a part of experimental features in Page Map and Page Editor. Ashley announced it in her blog post recently.  I encourage you to take a look at this and let us know what you think.


      Looking forward to your feedback