[oXygen-user] [Ann] Oxygen XML Suite Version 22.0 Release

Radu Coravu radu_coravu at sync.ro
Mon Feb 17 01:42:36 CST 2020

Hi everyone,

We are proud to announce the immediate availability of version 22 of the 
industry-leading XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, 
Author, Developer, Web Author, WebHelp, PDF Chemistry, and version 2.0 
of Oxygen Content Fusion.


Simultaneously, Oxygen Feedback, a new comments management platform, has 
progressed through the Beta phase and it is now available for commercial 
use, while the new Oxygen Publishing Engine offers automation support 
for transforming DITA content into WebHelp, PDF, EPUB, and plain HTML 
output from your integration scripts.

This release offers an incredibly robust set of new features and 
improvements and the seamless synthesis of all the products makes Oxygen 
the most comprehensive solution available for XML authoring, 
development, publishing, and collaboration. The latest additions and 
enhancements focus on productivity, performance, security, 
cost-efficiency, and simplicity.


New features and improvements added in Oxygen XML 
Editor/Author/Developer version 22.0 include:

* DITA authoring enhancements include a new DITA Perspective that 
provides an optimal UI environment for working with DITA projects, media 
resources are now presented in the DITA Reusable Components View, 
various improvements to search and refactoring operations, and much more.

* Support was added for the DITA-OT project file, used to define all the 
contexts and deliverables for a DITA publication project. Some of its 
benefits include simplified publishing using a single configuration 
file, the possibility to share and reuse project configurations, 
project-level validation support, and enhanced authoring.

* DITA publishing to PDF using CSS was updated with various new 
parameters and styling features, and it is now possible to transform a 
single DITA topic to CSS-based PDF output.

* The HTML5 editing support was enhanced to be as robust as with XHTML. 
You can now edit HTML documents in the Author visual mode even if they 
are not XML well-formed. Support was also added for content completion 
in CSS or JS code embedded in HTML, code templates, formatting, XPath 
queries, and much more.

* The built-in Markdown editor is more powerful than ever. You can now 
apply business rule checks using real-time Schematron validation, and 
the editor now has synchronized scrolling between the source pane and 
preview pane, which offers the possibility of previewing the Markdown 
content as HTML, DITA, or Lightweight DITA, with the latter two 
facilitating the use of Markdown in the DITA ecosystem.

* State-of-the-art JSON tools were added for converting XSD to JSON 
Schema and generating JSON Schema from sample JSON files. Further 
improvements refined the content completion assistant, validation, and 
syntax highlighting features for JSON documents.

* The user interface is now also available in the Chinese language.

* As always, this release includes numerous other requested features, 
API additions, bug fixes, and component updates.


New features added in Oxygen XML Web Author version 22.0.0 include:

* Structured auto-correct, to automatically expand text patterns to 
corresponding XML markup. For example, prefixing some text with "*" or 
"-" in DITA will generate a list item.

* Easier and more efficient way to insert content references or cross 
references directly from the target document preview.

* DITA users will benefit from improvements to the behavior of certain 
keyboard shortcuts, a new CSS style, and a new action for defining DITA 

* Toolbar actions were added to the Markdown editor to make it easier to 
insert syntax and real-time validation of Markdown documents against a 
custom Schematron file is now possible.

* It is now easier to reuse content in DocBook documents with new 
toolbar actions for XInclude and inserting links.

* The user interface is available also in the Chinese language.

* Various new APIs, performance and stability improvements, and more.


New features added in Oxygen Content Fusion version 2.0 include:

* Subject Matter Experts can now create new Content Fusion tasks 
directly in the browser interface and then share them with the 
documentation team to be integrated into their projects.

* A DITAVAL file can now be attached to a task so that content is 
filtered based upon its defined conditional profiling attribute values.

* Resources (such as images or CSS files) referenced in XML files are 
detected and optionally can be automatically included in new Content 
Fusion tasks.

* The built-in visual editor (Oxygen XML Web Author) was updated to its 
latest version.

* Various security improvements and interface enhancements were added.


Improvements and updates added for Oxygen PDF Chemistry version 22.0 

* The overall performance of the Chemistry processor was improved up to 20%.

* It is now possible to display change bars to mark some revised 
elements in the content.

* Hyphenated words are now searchable, and can be copied from a PDF 
reader and pasted in their original form, without the hyphen.

* Fallback fonts were added for CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) languages.

* Support was added for various CSS properties, functions, fonts, and more.


As mentioned, version 22 also marks the initial release of a new product 
called Oxygen Feedback. It provides a way for your community to interact 
and offer feedback by embedding a stylish comments area into any 
HTML-based website. It is particularly designed for published WebHelp 
Responsive output and an add-on is available that contributes a side 
view where you can see all the comments from your output directly in 
Oxygen XML Editor/Author, matched to the corresponding DITA topics. 
Users with an already existing valid license for Oxygen XML 
Editor/Author can request a free one-year license at 

The goal of the Oxygen Publishing Engine is to make deployments outside 
of Oxygen XML Editor/Author more efficient. For example, you can 
automate publishing from a continuous integration server by offering the 
same configuration that you use when you publish from Oxygen XML 
Editor/Author. This initial version provides the DITA Open Toolkit with 
integrated Oxygen publishing plugins, including the responsive Oxygen 
WebHelp and the CSS-based PDF Chemistry engine as a cost-effective 
bundle. More details can be found at 


Radu Coravu
<oXygen/> XML Editor

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