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What's New in oXygen XML Editor 17.1
Related Versions: 17.017.1
October 20, 2015
XML Editor version 17.1 includes updates and improvements to make your XML authoring
and developing experience even more productive and effective. The performance of
many of the integral components has been optimized and numerous features were
enhanced and fine-tuned to make oXygen XML Editor even more powerful, dynamic,
and easy to use. It also features a spectacular new visual design that makes
everything look crisp and beautiful.
Various DITA-related operations and dialog boxes have been reorganized and
improved to maximize efficiency and convenience. You can also now enable
experimental editing and publishing support for DITA 1.3, including new file
templates, scoped keys, and branch filtering.
oXygen XML Editor extends support for resolving errors and managing the
structure of your documents through powerful actions. Support for XML Quick Fixes
was expanded and their performance improved, while XML Refactoring actions were
enhanced to make them more accessible and powerful.
The oXygen WebHelp system was also improved to enhance your published output.
Google Search, Google Analytics, and some popular social media widgets can now be
integrated into your WebHelp system and search features are now available in offline
Improved CSS support includes optimized performance and the ability to use several
properties that were previously not supported. Support for some level 4
pseudo-classes was also added, as well as support for allowing negative values in
The oXygen SDK contains many new API updates and the Web-based component
provides new extension points to facilitate various integrations. The WebApp has
received numerous enhancements to allow you to customize many of its features, as
well as an easy-to-use interface that makes it easy to configure your instance of
There are changes in:
New Color Themes and User-defined Themes
New Light and Ultramarine color themes have been
added in addition to the existing Classic and Graphite
ones. Light is now the default theme for Windows and you can select
the desired theme from the Theme drop-down menu found in the
Appearance preferences page. You can also use the themes as a
starting point for setting your own preferred colors and define your own color
themes that you can share with your colleagues.
Breadcrumb Navigation in Text Mode
A breadcrumb navigation bar is now available at the top of the
Text editing mode that presents the hierarchy of elements
(from the document root to the currently selected element). It can be used as a
helpful tool to navigate to specific ancestor elements and also to understand
your location in the document structure.
DITA 1.3 Support
While some DITA 1.3 functionality was available in oXygen for more
than one year, version 17.1 is a major milestone because we added support for
the core DITA 1.3 features (such as key scopes and branch filtering, as well as
). Thus, oXygen now has the most comprehensive DITA
1.3 support of any tool on the market.
Create and Edit DITA 1.3 Documents
You can create, edit, and validate DITA 1.3 maps and
Scoped Keys Support
You can establish key scopes and insert references to keys inside or
outside key scopes. oXygen will also takes key scopes into account when it
validates and checks for completeness, resolves key and content key references,
Branch Filtering Support
The DITA 1.3 branch filtering mechanism makes it possible to reuse the
content of topics multiple times within the same map, each time using different
Improved User Experience for Reusing Content
While there are multiple ways of reusing content in DITA, oXygen
provides now a unified interface that allows you to specify what you want to
Unified Action for Managing Topic References
Multiple actions were combined into a single operation to make them
more efficient. The dialog box for inserting topic references in DITA maps was
revamped and reorganized to include various tabs so that you can configure
numerous aspects of the references in one place.
Improvements to the DITA Map to PDF WYSIWYG Experimental Transformation
The experimental DITA Map to PDF WYSIWIG transformation scenario allows
you to transform DITA maps to a PDF file that is very similar to what you see in
the Author visual editing mode. Now the colored highlights set
during the review process are presented in the PDF output.
Publish DITA to Microsoft Office Word Format
If you choose to use the bundled DITA Open Toolkit 2.x distribution,
you will be able to publish your DITA content to Microsoft Word OOXML format
using this new experimental transformation. The support is based on a plugin
contributed by Jarno Elovirta.
Indicator to Show All the DITA Map References to the Current Topic
When an opened DITA topic is referenced more than once in the map that
is currently opened in the DITA Maps Manager view, an indicator will appear in
the top right-hand corner of the Author mode editor that shows
the number of times the topic is referenced in the map. It includes navigation
arrows that allow you to jump to the next or previous reference. This is
especially important for DITA 1.3 where the point in the map may change the
editing context for a topic, for example if different key scopes are
Automatically Contribute New File Templates from a DITA OT plugin
If you integrate a new DITA-OT plugin
in the main DITA Open Toolkit
distribution used by oXygen and your plugin contains a folder named
, all file resources found in the
sub-folders will be automatically contributed as new file
Experimental Lightweight DITA Support
If you choose to use the bundled DITA OT 2.x as the main DITA Open
Toolkit installation, you will be able to create and edit Lightweight DITA
topics and maps.
XML Quick Fixes
Support for Schematron Quick Fixes in Other Documents
Support has been added for the Schematron Quick Fixes to be executed on
documents other than the current one. You can apply quick fixes for example on
content referenced using XInclude or external entities.
Support for User Entries in Schematron Quick Fixes
The Schematron Quick Fixes now support the
<sqf:user-entry> element. It allows you to ask the user
to specify values that will be used when the quick fix is applied.
Improved Performance for Schematron Quick Fixes
The performance for Schematron Quick Fixes has been improved so that
the operations are generated and executed faster. The XML validation against
Schematron also now performs faster when quick fixes are defined.
Quick Fixes Presented in a Tooltip Window
Proposals for quick fixes to solve validation errors or warnings are
now displayed in a tooltip popup window. When hovering over an error or warning,
if a quick fix is available for that particular problem, the proposals are
presented in a tooltip, along with more details about the error, and you can
easily select an available quick fix from this tooltip window. In
Author mode, an in-place quick fix drop-down menu is also
displayed when hovering over an error or warning. The drop-down menu presents a
list of available quick fixes to select from.
Define Refactoring Actions Using XSLT
If the predefined XML refactoring operations are not sufficient to help
you accomplish a particular task, you can create a custom operation that is
specific to your needs. You can now use XSLT stylesheets as an alternative to
XQuery Update scripts to define custom operations.
XML Refactoring Actions Available in the Contextual Menu
The XML Refactoring actions were added in the contextual menu to make
them more accessible. Furthermore, they are invoked according to the current
context within the editor, making them easier to use. For instance, if you
invoke the Rename Element action, the name of the element is
pre-configured in the dialog box that appears.
New Parameter Types to Identify Attributes and Elements
Two additional parameter types were added that allow you to match
elements and attributes more easily by using the power of XPath
Google Search and Social Media Widgets Can Be Integrated into WebHelp Output
You can now integrate a Google Custom Search Engine into your WebHelp
output. You can also integrate Google Analytics and some popular social media
widgets into your WebHelp output.
You no longer need to be online to access oXygen WebHelp search
features. You can now perform searches in your WebHelp system even when you are
in offline mode.
The oXygen WebHelp system now supports logical searches that use
the following operators: OR, AND, and NOT. When there are two adjacent search
terms without an operator, OR is used as the default search
Along with performance improvements the oXygen CSS rendering engine
supports new properties such as outline and text-indent,
new pseudo-classes such as focus-within and has as well as
negative margins and indents.
Optimized CSS Performance
The performance of CSS stylesheets in oXygen has been optimized.
For example, you can now move multiple selections in a large table
instantaneously. The performance has also been improved for DITA CSS stylesheets
that use pseudo-classes (such as :hover or
:focus), and when opening very large documents or opening
maps in the editor (particularly maps that have topic contents expanded
Improvements to the oxy_xpath Function
When computing the styles for an element inside a reference
(XInclude or DITA conref), the CSS
oxy_xpath function will have access to the actual content
inside the references.
Support for the :focus-within CSS Level 4
Added support for the :focus-within CSS level 4
pseudo-class selector that allows you to style ancestors of elements that
contain the current focus.
Support for the :has CSS Level 4 Pseudo-Class
Added support for the :has CSS level 4 pseudo-class
selector that takes a relative selector as an argument and then evaluates its
existence. It can match an element by taking its child elements into
Support for the text-indent CSS Property
Added support for the text-indent CSS property that
can be used to create hanging indents. oXygen also supports negative values
when using this property.
Support for the 'outline' CSS Property
Added support for the 'outline' CSS property that
allows you to create outlines around visual objects (such as buttons, active
form fields, image maps, etc.) to make them stand out.
Support for Negative Margins and Indents
Added support in CSS that now allows negative margins and indents for
block and inline boxes.
Support for XPath/XSLT 3.0 in Schematron Schemas
Schematron schemas now provide support for XSLT 3.0. You can define the
version directly in the Schematron document using the queryBinding
attribute or by using an option in the Schematron preferences
Support for XML Schema 1.1 Validation from within NVDL Scripts
You can now validate an XML document with an NVDL schema that contains
an XML Schema 1.1 validation step. To enable XML Schema 1.1 validation in NVDL,
you need to pass some validation options
to the validation engine..
oXygen WebApp Component
New Administration Page
A new Administration Page has been added to provide a
GUI that allows you to configure the oXygen WebApp Component. It allows you
to easily configure your license server connection, add/configure plugins, and
GitHub Integration Plugin
The oXygen SDK includes a plugin that allows you to use the
oXygen WebApp Component to edit files stored in a public or private GitHub
Browsing Widget for WebDAV Servers
The oXygen WebApp Component now includes a browsing widget for
WebDAV servers that can be used for inserting images.
Support for Editing MathML Equations
The oXygen WebApp Component now supports editing and rendering
MathML equations. You can click on the equation to open an editing dialog box
and you can also edit the XML source of the equation.
Support for Rendering SVG Images in the WebApp
The oXygen WebApp Component now supports rendering embedded or
referenced SVG images in XML content.
WebApp Component API
Dynamically Enable/Disable Actions on the Toolbar
method has been added
that allows you to dynamically enable or disable action on the toolbar in the
oXygen WebApp Component.
A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here
Add a Drag and Drop Listener to Author Mode
The WSAuthorEditorPageBase.addDNDListener(...) API
method allow you to add a drag and drop listener in Author mode
from a plugin.
Advanced Custom Rule Matcher
can be used as a specific document type association rule. The API has to access
the content of an entire document to determine if the document type association
can be used for the current XML document.
API to Customize Callouts
AuthorStylesheet Plugin Extension Type
The AuthorStylesheet plugin extension type allows you
to contribute stylesheets (CSS or LESS) as extra layers for rendering elements
in Author mode.
Change the Tag Display Mode
The WSAuthorEditorPageBase.getTagsDisplayMode() and
WSAuthorEditorPageBase.setTagsDisplayMode(int) APIs were
added that allow you to get or change the display mode for tags in
Customize Actions in the Review Panel
Customize Highlights in Author Mode
Escape/Unescape Attribute Values
Execute XQuery Update Scripts on Content in Author Mode
type of plugin was added.
This plugin provides support for customizing menus, toolbars, and views, as well
as for making modifications to opened documents and adding listeners for various
Open a Specific Preferences Page
Refresh References for a DITA Map
Retrieve Clipboard Content Copied in Author Mode
Specify Initial State for Custom Contributed View
When a workspace access plugin
contributes a custom view, it can also
specify the initial state of the view (hidden
Treat Expanded or Referenced Content as Transparent when Running XPath
A new API method AuthorDocumentController.evaluateXPath()
specific parameters that can specify if the entities and
elements are replaced with the actual content
that is referenced when the XPath is executed.
Validate Editor Content
The new WSEditor.checkValid()
API method validates the
editor content and reports whether or not it is valid.
We took proactive steps to improve the overall oXygen security. We
limited the execution of all the oXygen customizations that are not deployed
in a framework or plugin directory.
Support the Latest Operating Systems
oXygen has been tested and supports the latest operating systems,
including Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan (10.11).
Updated XSLT 3.0 Content Completion
The RNG schema that is used for content completion when editing XSLT
3.0 documents was updated to include the latest changes.
Support for SharePoint Online for Office 365 Sites that use ADFS
You can access documents stored on SharePoint Online for Office 365
sites that use either Cloud identity (ADFS) or
Federated identity (on-premise) for their authentication
Enhanced Support for XLIFF 2.0 Documents
The support for XLIFF 2.0 documents has been enhanced with the ability
to validate them using schema modules.
Support for Executing XQuery Update Scripts Directly Over Content in Author
A new default Author mode operation
(XQueryUpdateOperation) has been added that allows you to
execute an XQuery Update script directly over content in Author
Configuring Content Completion Proposals
oXygen includes support for configuring the possible attribute or
element values for the proposals in the Content Completion Assistant. Support
has also been added that allows you to configure the proposals based on the
context of the element for which the content completion was
Convert Hexadecimal Sequence to its Corresponding Unicode Character
A new action was added that allows you to convert any valid hexadecimal
sequence into its corresponding Unicode character.
XPath Expressions in Formatting Preferences Accept Attribute
In the XML Formatting Preferences page
, you can add a
list of elements for which oXygen will handle whitespaces found in XML
content when performing Format and Indent
operations. The list
of elements can be specified by name or simplified XPath expressions, and the
XPath expressions can now accept attribute conditions.
Enhanced Validation Support for XSL-FO
framework developed by Antenna House is now
bundled with oXygen. It offers better and more detailed validation of XSL FO
1.1 documents and it also validates the extension FOs and properties that
Antenna House Formatter
provides for improved formatted
oXygen updates many of its third party components: Calabash 1.1.5, DITA
OT 2.1.2, EpubCheck 4.0, LESS 1.7.5, Saxon 22.214.171.124, TEI Schema 2.8.0, TEI XSL
The bundled Calabash XProc engine has been updated to version
DITA OT 2.1.2
oXygen is now bundled with both DITA Open Toolkit 1.8.5 and with
DITA Open Toolkit 2.1.2.
Support for EpubCheck was updated to version 4.0.
The LESS CSS processor was updated to version 1.7.5.
The Saxon library was updated to version 126.96.36.199.
TEI Schema 2.8.0
Updated TEI Schema to version 2.8.0.
TEI XSL 7.39
Updated TEI XSL stylesheets version to 7.39.