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What's New in oXygen XML Editor 17.0
Related Versions: 17.017.1
May 5th, 2015
Editor version 17 sets the highest standard for XML development and XML authoring.
It comes with important functionality updates and focuses on design to make your
work not only productive, but also enjoyable.
Retina/HiDPI icons make everything look crisp and beautiful, while the graphite
color theme gives you a complete new view of oXygen. Toolbars are configurable
down to action level and they put you in full control of your work
oXygen XML Editor not only reports errors, it also helps you automatically
correct them through the Quick Fix and AutoCorrect support. The new XML Refactoring
tool extends the power of the Find/Replace action across multiple files by applying
XML-aware operations through a user-friendly interface.
DITA topics have a spectacular new look and guided DITA authoring eliminates
training by presenting inline hints and actions. Now you can publish DITA to an
improved and faster-loading WebHelp format and experiment PDF transformations
reusing the same CSS files used for authoring. You can also switch between different
DITA-OT versions and easily integrate new transformation types.
Improved CSS support includes a new CSS Inspector view, LESS editing, and
automatic conversion to CSS when saving. Building eye-catching XML authoring
interfaces can now be achieved by taking advantage of the new CSS support.
The oXygen SDK contains many new API updates and the Web-based XML authoring
SDK now provides new extension points to facilitate integration, as well as an
adaptive user interface that is both mobile and desktop-friendly.
oXygen version 17 includes new frameworks for supporting JATS, ISO StratML,
and XLIFF. The DITA and TEI frameworks have been updated, as well as the SVN client
and many of the bundled processors, including Saxon and XML
There are changes in:
XML Quick Fixes
Schematron Quick Fixes
Schematron allows you to enforce business rules on XML documents and to
communicate issues in a language the users understand, as the error messages are
written by the schema developer rather than being generated by the validation
engine. Similar to how a spell checking engine shows possible correct words that
should replace a misspelled word, the schema developer can provide one or more
possible actions that fix the reported problem. oXygen presents these
actions through the Quick Fix support, allowing users to correct an issue by
selecting one of the proposed solutions.
XML Quick Fixes when Validating Against Relax NG Schemas
The Quick Fix support was updated to provide actions for correcting
various errors that appear in XML documents validated against Relax NG XML or
Compact schemas, such as adding missing attributes, removing invalid elements,
XML Refactoring Tool
The XML Refactoring tool assists you with various
refactoring tasks that cannot be resolved with a traditional
Find/Replace operation. It helps you manage the structure
of your XML documents and it includes a variety of operations, such as renaming,
deleting, and inserting elements and attributes across a set of files. It is
available in the Tools menu, the Project and DITA Maps Manager contextual
Custom XML Refactoring Operations
For more complex projects, if the provided refactoring operations are
not sufficient, oXygen Enterprise edition users can create their own custom
refactoring operations and share them with other team members.
The toolbars in oXygen can now be customized at action level and
you can decide the exact set of actions that are presented by each toolbar. Some
of the toolbars have also been reorganized to better group related
Graphite Color Theme
If you prefer dark backgrounds, you can use the new graphite color
theme or use it as a starting point for setting your preferred colors. You can
select it from the Theme drop-down menu found in the Appearance
Improved HiDPI and Retina Support
oXygen now has a set of new icons that are more visually appealing,
crisp, and specially tuned for HiDPI and Retina displays.
Visual XML Editing
AutoCorrect Misspelled Words
oXygen includes a new AutoCorrect feature to automatically correct
misspelled words, as you type, in the Author visual editing
mode. You can take advantage of this functionality to easily insert symbols by
automatically converting a sequence of characters to a symbol. For example, (R)
can be corrected to ®.
HiDPI and Retina Support
You can use HiDPI/Retina icons while styling your documents in the
Author mode with CSS by using simple naming
Change the Tag Display Font
A new setting allows you to customize the font used for rendering tag
markers in the Author visual editing mode.
Actions to Insert Multiple Rows or Columns
Two new actions allow you to insert multiple rows or columns in DITA,
Docbook, TEI, and XHTML tables.
Bold, Italic, and Underline Actions Support Multiple Selections
You can now use bold, italic, and underline actions on multiple
non-contiguous selections when editing documents in Author mode
and the action will be applied to each selected range.
Better Support for Editing Saxon Configuration Files
oXygen now provides better support for editing Saxon configuration
files in Author mode.
Improved Rendering of DITA Topics
A lot of effort was put into making the DITA topics more readable while
editing in Author mode. You have the freedom to choose from
a multitude of editing styles.
The Styles drop-down list, available from the toolbar,
allows you to select one main CSS to style the document and combine it with
multiple alternate CSS styles that behave like layers, thus making it very
easy for you to choose the desired rendering of a document while providing a
huge number of view options.
Guided DITA Authoring
Taking advantage of the layered styling support, the
Styles drop-down list now includes two layers that help to
guide authors while editing DITA topics. The Hints layer can be
selected to display inline information for many DITA elements, advising you how
that element should be used or what information you should enter within that
element. Another layer, named Inline actions, allows you to
discover what markup can be inserted, and where, by placing inline actions to
insert an element exactly where that element will appear in the document.
Support for DITA OT 2.0
The DITA OT version 1.8.5 comes bundled with oXygen. However, you
can download and use the latest DITA OT version 2.0 for publishing in oXygen
simply by pointing to its installation folder. Also, the oXygen WebHelp
Plugin is DITA OT 2.0-ready.
DITA Map PDF WYSIWYG Transformation Scenario [Experimental]
A premiere in DITA authoring, a new transformation scenario is now
available, allowing you to transform DITA maps to a PDF file that is very
similar to what you see in the Author visual editing mode. You
can easily change the aspect of the PDF by simply changing the selection from
the Styles drop-down list, available on the toolbar. This
scenario is experimental and requires the Prince XML processor (not
Improved Image Insertion
The Insert Image Reference action in DITA documents
presents a dialog box that allows you to select an image to insert and to
configure various properties for the image.
Find Unreferenced Resources in DITA Projects
Sometimes topics and images become unreferenced in your DITA maps. The
Find Unreferenced Resources action, available in the
contextual menu of the DITA Maps Manager view, allows you to find these orphaned
Validation Reports Missing Topics and Images
While editing DITA topics, references to missing topics or images are
reported as errors and highlighted in the editor.
Check for Duplicate Topic IDs in a DITA Map
An option has been added for the Validate and check for
completeness action from the DITA Maps Manager view that allows you
to find duplicate topic IDs in a DITA map.
Auto-Detect Transformation Types and Parameters for Newly Installed DITA OT
oXygen now detects new transformation types from installed DITA OT
plugins and presents descriptions for them in the DITA Transformation
Type dialog box. The contributed parameters from the DITA OT
plugins are also included in the Parameters tab in the Edit DITA
Scenario dialog box.
Improved DITA Map Metrics Reporting
The DITA Map Metrics report was updated to handle key references and it
also presents a summary of all external links.
Publish DITA to Web Slides
oXygen provides a new DITA transformation type called Web
Slides for creating web presentations. It can be selected when
creating a new DITA OT transformation scenario for your DITA Map. You need
to make sure you set the attribute @chunk with the value
to-content on your DITA Map root element before giving
it a try.
This transformation is based on Reveal
JS, which allows you to transform DITA maps into web presentation
slides using the Reveal JS framework.
Optimization for Loading WebHelp Pages
Index terms are now only loaded when needed in WebHelp pages to help
speed up the loading process for the initial page.
WebHelp Output Embeddable in an iframe Element
You can now embed WebHelp output into an HTML iframe
element, if for example, you want to make it part of a more complex site
WebHelp Context-Sensitive Help System
The WebHelp transformation generates an XML file with mappings from
help IDs to documentation content pages. This file can be used by an application
to implement a context-sensitive help system. See the documentation
for more information.
WebHelp Feedback System Supports LDAP Authentication
If you are using a domain (such as OpenLDAP or
Active Directory) to manage users in your organization, an
option has been added that allows you to select which users can access the
WebHelp system and who will have administrator privileges.
Search Engine Optimization for WebHelp Output
You can set up a DITA WebHelp transformation scenario to produce a
sitemap.xml file that is used by search engines to aid in
web crawling and indexing mechanisms.
WebHelp System Supports Right-to-Left (RTL) Languages
The WebHelp system now supports right-to-left language for DITA Map
transformation scenarios. Languages that are supported include Arabic, Hebrew,
Indexing Japanese Content in WebHelp Pages
Japanese content in WebHelp pages may be indexed with a morphological
Japanese indexer, for the purpose of improving the search results. See the documentation
regarding the installation of the Japanese
CSS Inspector View
oXygen now includes a CSS Inspector view that displays information
about the styles applied to the currently selected element in the
Author mode. You can use this view to examine the structure
of the CSS rules that match the element, and use a link that is displayed for
each rule to open the associated CSS source for editing.
Support for Editing LESS Stylesheets
oXygen now provides support for editing LESS stylesheets. LESS extends
the functionality of the CSS language by adding features that allow
mechanisms such as variables, nesting, mixins, operators, and functions. It
is also possible to compile the LESS stylesheets to CSS when saving.
Along with CSS, you can use LESS stylesheets directly to style documents
in Author mode. They can be referenced from the Document
Type Association or using the xml-stylesheet processing
instruction in the XML document.
Support for Selecting/Combining Multiple CSS Styles in Author Mode
The Styles drop-down list, available on the oXygen
Author toolbar, now allows you to select one main CSS to style the document and
combine it with multiple alternate CSS styles that behave like layers. This
makes it easy to change the look of the document and add multiple styles to it.
This behavior can be enabled in the Document Type configuration and by default
is only active for DITA documents.
oXygen now provides better support for the following CSS properties:
- letter-spacing CSS Property
The standalone versions of oXygen now support the
letter-spacing CSS property.
- ::before(n) and ::after(n)
Multiple ::before(n) and
::after(n) pseudo-elements can be used to
insert content before or after the content of an element (or other
- min-height CSS Property
You can use this property to impose a minimum height to the
element box. The min-height property only supports
- position CSS Property
The supported values include fixed,
absolute, and relative for the
elements displayed as blocks, and relative for the
elements displayed as inlines.
- Font Fallback Mechanism of the font-family CSS
You can specify a list of fonts to be used for rendering the
content of an element. The first font from the list that can render
that specific character will be used.
CSS @media Rule Properties
You can specify different styles depending on the operating
system,oXygen distribution, and the size of the visible area in
mode. For instance, you can use:
@media oxygen AND (min-width:25cm) AND (platform:standalone)
to apply specific CSS rules to the oXygen standalone distribution
running on Windows when the editor area width is at least 25 cm.
Form Control for Displaying HTML Content
The new oxy_htmlContent built-in form control can be
used to render HTML content, such as descriptions for various sections of a
Define Custom Actions in CSS
You can define actions for button
and button group
form controls directly in the CSS, rather than defining
them in the Document Type Association configuration (framework).
oxy_url Expands Editor Variables
Editor variables can now be passed as parameters for the
function. For instance, you can use:
to render an image stored in the images subdirectory of the
XQuery / XPath
Formatting and Indenting XQuery Documents
XQuery files (version 1.0, 3.0 and XQuery Update 1.0) can be properly
pretty printed, producing neater and consistent formatted content.
Formatting and Indenting Embedded XPath Expressions
When formatting XSLT, XSD, and Schematron documents, the values of the
attributes that accept XPath expressions are properly pretty
A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here
Updated WebApp SDK
client side, was updated to provide an adaptive user interface that is both
desktop-friendly and mobile-friendly. Custom actions are made available in a
toolbar and there are many API extension points that facilitate repository
integration. Find more about the oXygen XML Web Author and try it online at
fileFilter Property for the URLChooser Form
The fileFilter property allows you to set file filters
to a URLChooser form control. This allow you to control which
file types are available in a file chooser dialog box.
Intercept List of Actions Provided by a Callout
API method, which allows developers to intercept a list of actions presented
when double-clicking a callout in the Author editing mode and to modify
Tree Component for Consistent Look and Feel
Customize Author Menu [Eclipse]
Customize Text/Author Contextual Menus [Eclipse]
Customize the Toolbars in the DITA Maps Manager [Eclipse]
Add Custom Browse Actions to Input Dialog Boxes [Eclipse]
API now allows you to
customize or add browse actions to also input dialog boxes (such as the
Browse for local file
action in the DITA Maps Manager) for
the oXygen Eclipse Plugin.
API for Customizing the Author Toolbar [Eclipse]
API for Providing Editor Adapters [Eclipse]
Plugin Extension to Specify Location of Custom Refactoring Operations
The new com.oxygenxml.editor.XMLRefactoringContributor
plugin extension allows you to specify one or more directories from which to
load custom XML Refactoring operation resources.
Styles Filter Extension Point [Eclipse]
The stylesFilterContributor extension point allows you
to set a StylesFilter API implementation from an Eclipse
ExtensionsBundle Extension Point [Eclipse]
The extensionsBundleContributor extension point allows
you to register an implementation of the ExtensionsBundle API
class from an Eclipse Plugin.
Provide Text for a DITA Link [Eclipse]
extension point API
for the Eclipse plugin can be implemented to provide custom text representations
for DITA links.
Expand/Collapse Foldable Elements in Author Mode
Customize Drop-Down Buttons on a Toolbar [Eclipse]
Easier Way to Provide Documentation for Elements
Provide additional annotations for elements in your XML vocabulary
without the need to write Java extensions with the help of a custom configuration file
Filter Errors Presented to the End-User
Choose the Custom CSS to be Included in the Styles Drop-down List
Support for Composite Toolbars
API to Find Tracked Attribute Changes
Obtain a Reader Object of a URL
An operation was added (JSOperation) that allows you
Support for Retina/HiDPI Icons
oXygen automatically uses @2x
icons for Retina
displays (Mac with Retina or Windows with HiDPI 200%). This applies to all icons
referenced from the framework files or paths to the icons provided through the
API . There is no need to change the code for this support, just drop in the
high DPI icons.
Allow Third-Party to Control Drop in DITA Maps Manager
Updated SVN Client
The SVN Client tool includes a variety of improvements and bug fixes.
The Create Patch operation was completely reworked and the Merge wizard now
includes a pre-merge validation check. Also, various other operations received
numerous improvements and their list of options were updated.
Online Help Option
A feature has been added to open the help system documentation online.
This gives you access to the latest updates to the help documentation and allows
you to send feedback through the WebHelp feedback system. If the Use
online help option is enabled, pressing F1 while hovering over any
part of the interface or selecting Help from the Help menu
results in oXygen attempting to open the online help documentation.
Otherwise, the local help documentation is opened in offline mode.
You can use a configuration file to provide values for elements and
attributes for a specific document type. The possible values can be either set
in the configuration file or they can be the result of invoking an XSLT script
that will produce those values dynamically, possibly by accessing external
resources or web services.
Dynamic Content Conversion
oXygen provides special support for a convert
protocol that can be used to chain predefined processors to import content from
various sources dynamically. See the documentation
for more details.
Ready for MarkLogic 8
oXygen has been updated to work with MarkLogic 8.
Automatic Escaping of Characters Outside Encoding Range
When saving a document edited in the Author mode, all
characters that cannot be represented using the document encoding will be
automatically converted to hexadecimal character entities.
Option to Lock Local Resources
A new option has been added in Preferences to Lock local
resources. When this option is enabled and you open a file from the
local file system or a shared network drive, oXygen locks the file for the
current user and the file cannot be modified by other users while the lock
Support for JATS Documents
A default JATS framework is included in oXygen that allows you to
create new JATS documents from templates, and includes support for validation,
content completion, copy/paste actions from external content, and converting
documents to JATS.
Support for ISO StratML Documents
A default StratML framework is included in oXygen that allows you
to create new ISO StratML documents from templates, validate and edit such
documents as well as publish them as HTML or convert from StratML to ISO
StratML. The visual authoring interface for ISO StratML includes support for
hints and inline actions that can be enabled by selecting the corresponding
style layers from the Styles drop-down.
Support for XLIFF 1.2 and 2.0 Documents
The XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) is a standard for
passing data between tools during a localization process. The XLIFF support
includes new document templates, validation, content completion, and CSS support
and is available for XLIFF 1.2 and 2.0 document types.
Ignore Whitespaces in the "Find/Replace in Files" Operation
The Ignore extra whitespaces available in the
Find/Replace in Files dialog box enables the search process to deal with
multiple consecutive whitespaces as being a single space character. For
instance, searching for a phrase like "better product" in documents containing
the "better [newline] product", will find a match.
Compare Files Tool Includes Support for XML Fragment Comparison
You can use the Compare Files tool to compare XML fragments, without
selecting files, by copying and pasting the fragments into both sides of the
tool. Various XML diff algorithms are supported for XML fragments, and
comparison and merging actions are available from the toolbar or contextual
Define Shortcut Keys for Code Templates
When a code template is created or edited, a shortcut key can be
defined for quickly inserting it into a document.
Deprecated Support for Documentum CMS
Support for Documentum CMS has been deprecated and the integration will
not be actively maintained.
Apache HTTP Client 4.3.5
The Apache HTTP Client libraries have been updated to version
The bundled Calabash XProc engine has been updated to version
eXist DB 2.2
Support for the eXist XML database has been updated to version
The Java Secure Channel (JSch) library used by SFTP connections was
updated to version 0.1.51.
Support for Eclipse has been updated to include version
The Saxon engine has been updated to version 22.214.171.124.
TEI Schema 2.8.0
Support for TEI schema was updated to version 2.8.0.
TEI XSL 7.34.0
Support for TEI XSL was updated to version 7.34.0.