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Oxygen XML Author 15.2

Related Versions:

January 22, 2014

Editing XML documents visually is a lot easier in Oxygen XML Author version 15.2 with the intelligent content completion assistance and paste functionality while additional CSS 3 and CSS 4 features allow for creating more interactive and user-friendly interfaces. This version features updated components and debuts the DITA 1.3 support by introducing the troubleshooting specialization.

There are changes in:

XML Visual Editing

Support for the CALS colsep and rowsep Attributes

The defined row and column separators are rendered in Oxygen for the cells in CALS tables (a table model used by DocBook, DITA and other XML frameworks) so you can see immediately how the table will be rendered when the document is published. You can also easily edit the values for columns using two checkboxes that appear in the column specification area.
Support for the CALS colsep and rowsep Attributes

Text Area Form Control

To be able to create user-friendly interfaces for editing XML, Oxygen provides support for binding text or attribute values to form controls such as drop-down lists, checkboxes, lists, etc. A text area form control is available starting with version 15.2. This is useful for editing larger attribute or element values and you can also benefit from syntax highlight capabilities.
Text Area Form Control

Intelligent Schema-Aware Paste

When you paste content Oxygen checks if that is valid at the cursor position and if that fails then recovery strategies are proposed in order to keep the document valid. Version 15.2 includes a strategy that automatically analyzes nearby positions to determine a valid location for that content.

Content Completion Assistant Flexible Insert Location

You can choose to insert an element that is not valid at the current position and Oxygen will trigger automatically recovery strategies to place that element in a valid location. This removes the requirement to position the cursor in the exact location where an element is accepted, you can insert it also if the cursor is positioned in a near-by location.

PDF Images Support

The Author editing mode in Oxygen offers support for rendering PDF images by installing a third-party library.
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JPEG with Embedded CMYK Support

The Author editing mode in Oxygen can properly render JPEG images that have an embedded CMYK profile.
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TIFF Images Support

The Author editing mode in Oxygen offers support for rendering TIFF images.
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CSS Support

Support for CSS Level 3 Structural Pseudo-Classes

All the CSS Level 3 structural pseudo-classes are supported (:root, :last-child, :first-child, :nth-child, :nth-of-type, :not(), :empty, etc.)

Support for the Experimental CSS Level 4 Subject Selector

The experimental subject selector from CSS Level 4 is now supported. It can match an element by taking into account its children (for instance, "chapter! > title" will match any chapter that contains at least a title).

Support for :hover and :focus CSS Pseudo-Classes

You can style your XML documents depending on the mouse and cursor position over the document by using the :hover and :focus CSS pseudo-classes.

Localize Static Content in CSS

You can use constructs such as ${i18n(key.name)} directly in the CSS content of a 'before:' or 'after:' pseudo-element to reference keys which can be translated to multiple languages through the built-in Oxygen internationalization support.
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Pass CSS References Through XML Catalog

Import instructions from CSS documents are passed through the XML catalog URI mappings.
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Add a Custom CSS to the Predefined Ones Using XML Catalog Mappings

By adding a URI mapping to map a specific URI to a CSS file you can contribute a CSS to be used when rendering any XML document in the Author editing mode. This allows you to enforce some specific styles on any XML file without the need to modify the CSS documents which come with existing document type configurations.
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CSS Content Properties: -oxy-append-content and -oxy-prepend-content

The content used for the ":before" and ":after" pseudo-elements can be created incrementally from the content specified by these properties. This reduces the complexity of selectors when the content depends on multiple conditions.
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Properties for the oxy_button Form Control

Two additional boolean properties are available allowing to display the associated action's text and/or icon on the button form control (showText and showIcon).

In-Place Actions Can be Executed Preserving the Current Context

Using the actionContext property, available on the oxy_button and oxy_button_group form controls, the author actions associated with these form controls can be executed either in the context of the element that contains the form controls or in current context, if that is included in the element that contains the form control. For example, this allows you to place element specific actions on an element and execute them to perform actions at the cursor position (if the cursor is inside that element).

Form Controls Can Edit Attributes from a Specified Namespaces

If the attribute edited through a form control is from a specific namespace then you can specify it in the edit property as a QName. The CSS must contain a namespace declaration mapping the QName prefix to the attribute namespace.

Text Mode

Refactoring Highlighted Content

You can easily manage the occurrences of the text found through executing an XPath expression or a find operation, using actions that act on all highlights. You have the option to remove all highlighted content, modify, or surround the content with a specific tag.

Select Attribute in Text Mode

You are able to quickly select an attribute and its value using triple click on the attribute's name in the Oxygen stand-alone, and double-click right before the attributes name in the Oxygen Eclipse plugin.

Automatically Comment a Matching Tag

Oxygen automatically applies the same action on the matching end tag when you comment a start tag. You can comment one or more start tags and their matching end tags are also commented so the document remains "well-formed".

DITA Support

Syntax Highlight in Published Code Blocks Sections

You can add syntax highlight to the codeblock and pre sections from your published PDF and XHTML-based outputs by setting specific programming language values to the outputclass attribute.

Generate Index Page in PDF Using Apache FOP

If you are using index terms in your DITA content, the PDF output generated with the default bundled PDF processor (Apache FOP) will also contain the index page at the end of the PDF.

DITA 1.3: Troubleshooting Specialization

You can create new troubleshooting topics based on the included experimental DITA 1.3 Troubleshooting DTD specialization plugin.

Edit codeblock Sections with Syntax Highlight Support

An alternate CSS was introduced, so you can now edit codeblock sections using the Text Area form control. Thus, you benefit from syntax highlight for a variety of document types.

DocBook 5 Support

Edit Program Listings with Syntax Highlight Support

An alternate CSS was introduced, so you can now edit program listings using the Text Area form control. Thus, you benefit from syntax highlight for a variety of document types.

CMS Integration and Connectivity

Accessing Microsoft Office 365 Documents

You can access documents stored on a SharePoint site from your Office 365 account using the "Open URL" action from Oxygen.
CMS Integration and Connectivity

Integrating the Author Applet on a SharePoint Site

The Author Component can be embedded in a SharePoint site as a Java applet. This is a simple and convenient way for you to retrieve, open, and save XML and XML-related documents stored on your company's SharePoint server, directly from your web browser. You can embed the applet either on a site that is located on a standalone SharePoint server, or on your company's Microsoft Office 365 account.

Syncro SVN Client

Support for SVN 1.8 Servers

Subversion 1.8 repositories are now supported, excepting FSFS-backed repositories accessed through the "file://" protocol. Working copies having SVN 1.8 format are not yet supported.

Copy/Move Operation Improvements

The SVN Client does its best to copy/move items within the working copy. In cases when the operation would not normally work in Subversion, a simple file system copy/move operation is performed. Also, valid destination directories are detected automatically and presented to you.

Drag-and-Drop Improvements in the Working Copy View

The Drag ad Drop support was extended to all the Working Copy view modes. Also, compatibility between the SVN Client and external applications was improved for dragging and dropping items from one to another.

Drag-and-Drop Support in the Repositories View

Copying and moving repository items is made easy through the drag-and-drop support added in the Repositories view.

Component Updates

Calabash 1.0.16

The Calabash XProc engine was updated to version 1.0.16.

TEI XSL Update

TEI XSL was updated to version 7.7.0.


The bundled Saxon Enterprise Edition XSLT processor from Saxonica was updated to version


Bundled Java 7 JRE in the Mac OS X Installation Kit

The Oxygen installation kit for mac OS X (10.7, 10.8, and 10.9) includes Java 7.

Improved Layouts

You can choose to keep a separate layout for each project, thus when you move between projects you get not only the last opened files specific to that project restored, but also the exact layout of views, editors, and toolbars. Therefore, when you come back to a project you continue exactly from the state in which you left that project.

Maven 4.0 Framework

A new document type configuration is available allowing to create and edit Maven 4.0 POM documents.

Distinct Sounds Depending on the Status of the Current Operation

Success and failure of the validation or transformation actions can be signaled also with a sound. The beep signal has a higher audio frequency when the operation is successful, and a lower audio frequency when the operation fails.

Extended API

A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here.

Support for Setting Custom Pseudo-Classes

You can set your custom CSS pseudo-classes on the nodes from the AuthorDocument. These are similar to the normal XML attributes, with the important difference that they are not serialized, and by changing them the document does not create undo and redo edits - the document is considered unmodified. You can use custom pseudo-classes for changing the style of an element (and its children) without altering the document.
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Additional Calls to the Custom URI Resolvers

The custom URI resolvers set with the pre-existing API XMLUtilAccess.addPriorityURIResolver(URIResolver) are now called to resolve image and content references even if the resources are placed on the local drive. This is useful for indirecting the application to resolve resources in other places.

Obtain an Existing AuthorDocumentFilter Implementation

If you have both a plugin and a framework which need to set an AuthorDocumentFilter, you can obtain the existing filter implementation and wrap it in your own filter implementation using the API AuthorDocumentController.getDocumentFilter().

Refresh References in Document Controller

Added the API method AuthorDocumentController.refreshNodeReferences(AuthorNode) to refresh references on a certain node for developers who implement a custom AuthorContentReferencesResolver.

Actions Provider Access from DITA Map Editor Page

Added the API method WSDITAMapEditorPage.getActionsProvider() to obtain actions defined in the DITA Map Editor Page and mount them to custom controls.

Obtain the Existing Unique Attributes Processor

You can obtain in your extension Java operations the current unique attributes processor in order to check if certain attributes should be removed when copying content using the API AuthorDocumentController.getUniqueAttributesProcessor().

API to Show Multiple Files Chooser

The API method WorkspaceUtilities.chooseFiles(File, String, String[], String) allows you to show a file chooser having multiple selection enabled.

API to Create Input Stream over Editor's Content

The API method WSEditorBase.createContentInputStream() allows you to create an input stream over the contents of the editor. The implementation will take care of using the proper character encoding.

Create CSS Alternatives Toolbar in the Author Component

The CSS Alternatives drop-down button defined in the document type can be added to the toolbar of an Author Component application using the API WSAuthorComponentEditorPage.createCSSAlternativesToolbar().

Save Global Preferences

Usually the application saves its global preferences when it is closed. You can force save the global options to their storage location by calling this API: PluginWorkspace.saveGlobalOptions().

More Context Information for Editing Attribute Values

When the custom InputURLChooserCustomizer gets called to edit an attribute value you can find out more details about the current element and the current edited attribute: AttributeEditingContextDescription.getElementContext().

Open an Editor with an Imposed Content Type

If a URL does not have an extension but the developer knows beforehand the type of resource (XML, DITA Map, etc.) in order to avoid the application asking the end-user what type of resource is being opened this API can be used instead: ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.Workspace.open(URL, String, String).

DITA Map Content Type for a URL Connection

If a DITA Map URL does not have an extension and a custom URL Connection is implemented for it in the application the method URLConnection.getContentType() can return the value application/ditamap to identify it as such.

Better Integration for Form Controls with Custom Edit

If a custom form control performs a custom edit, it can pass the Runnable containing the edit to the application in order to integrate better in the editing flow using the API EditingEvent.customEdit.

Operation Capable of Running a Sequence of Other Actions

The ExecuteMultipleActionsOperation can execute a sequence of actions, defined as a list of IDs. The actions must be defined by the corresponding framework, or one of the common actions for all frameworks supplied by Oxygen. ExecuteMultipleActionsOperation.