What's New in Oxygen XML Web Author 20.1.1

Related Versions: 20.020.120.1.1

October 18, 2018

Version 20.1.1 of the Oxygen XML Web Author is the latest release for the innovative web-based XML authoring and review tool. Its powerful technology and adaptive interface allows you to review, contribute, and edit content from anywhere you have access to a browser. The new version includes a variety of improvements and new features to make your authoring, collaborating, and reviewing experience more efficient, accurate, and productive than ever before.

Design

Improved Design on the Visual Editor Interface

The overall design of the Web Author interface was improved. For example, better default fonts for the built-in frameworks were chosen to make documents more readable, the color scheme was updated, and certain icons were improved (for example, the icon that appears before links was updated to a more modern design). Also, if a Retina/HiDPI icon is present in the same folder as the normal icon, Web Author will automatically load the high definition icon when needed.

Dashboard Redesigned and Streamlined

The Web Author Dashboard was redesigned to make it easier to browse for and create documents. The inline file browser is more intuitive and streamlined for each particular type of repository (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, WebDAV, SharePoint). You also have the possibility of configuring a URL parameter to navigate directly to a project's root folder.
Dashboard Redesigned and Streamlined

New Document Template Chooser Redesigned

The design of the template chooser feature was improved. The dialog box that appears when creating a new document was redesigned to make it easier to find the specific template you want to use. The templates are grouped based upon specific frameworks and types, and the most popular templates for each framework are listed first. The most popular templates also include descriptions to help you understand the use for the specific template.
Dashboard Redesigned and Streamlined

Transparent Find/Replace Dialog Box

The Find/Replace dialog box now becomes partially transparent if it covers the next occurrence of the text that is being searched for. This means you can always see the content while searching for specific text.

Form Control Improvements

The rendering of the pop-up form control was improved to have a more modern and expected design. Retina/HiDPI images are also supported in the form controls.
Form Control Improvements

DITA

Display Mode

When a DITA map is opened in Web Author, the DITA Map framework-specific toolbar now includes a Display Mode drop-down menu where you can select one of three display modes. You can choose to display the map with the topic references shown, or display the map with both titles and topic references shown, or display the map with all of the topic content expanded in a preview mode.
DITA Map View Modes

Create New Topic in a DITA Map

You now have the ability to create a new DITA topic directly in a DITA map. When a map is opened in the editor, there is a new Insert New Topic toolbar button that creates a new topic and inserts a reference to it at the current location.

DITA Map Rendering Improved

The overall appearance of DITA maps now has a more modern and uncluttered look. Fonts were improved to make them more readable and attributes are no longer shown in the editing pane (they appear in the Attributes panel like other document types). Also, certain attributes have an inline Edit button (for example, the title attribute for the map element) to make it easy to change the value, and icons appear next to topicrefs that have the print or toc attribute set to no.

Apply Image Map Action

You now have the ability to apply an image map on an already existing image. The Apply Image Map action is available in the contextual menu when invoked on an image and it opens the Image Map Editor where you can define the shapes and areas to be mapped, it wraps the image with the imagemap element, and automatically adds the other required elements. Once you close the Image Map Editor, you can then choose the target links for the mapped areas.
Apply Image Map Action

Editing

AutoCorrect Words can be Customized

You now have the ability to customize the list of terms that define which misspelled words the AutoCorrect feature automatically changes. This customization is done using the AutoCorrect preferences page in Oxygen XML Editor/Author and then you simply copy the automatically created patch file to a specific Web Author folder. For more information, see Customizing AutoCorrect Dictionary.

Delete Element from Breadcrumb

It is now easier to delete an element along with its contents. The contextual menu of the breadcrumb now has a Delete Element action and invoking it on a particular element will delete the element and everything contained within that element.
Delete Element from Breadcrumb

Review

Improved Filtering in Review Panel

The Review panel filtering feature was enhanced. When using the filter field in the Review panel, you can now filter based on words inserted in the tracked changes and highlighted content.

Ability to Review Items Found in Referenced Content

You now have the ability to review items that are located in referenced content. For example, if there is a content reference with a comment that was inserted in the source document, you can see the comment in the current document and you can use an Edit Reference action to open the source document where you can reply to the comment, edit it, or mark it as done.
Ability to Review Items Found in Referenced Content

Improvements to Comment Thread Highlighting

If you have multiple replies to comments, or comments added on content contained within another comment, the whole thread is highlighted in the Review panel, making it easier to identify groups of comments.

Other

Image Rendering Improvements

When rendering images and image maps, Web Author now takes the width and height attributes into account, as well as the corresponding CSS properties.

GitLab Submodules Supported

Web Author now provides support for GitLab submodules. Simply enabling an option will provide the ability to browse and edit files stored in a submodule.

Java 11 Compatible

Web Author has been tested and is compatible with Java 11.

Web Author Component Easier to Use

Simplified the way in which the Web Author Component can be used to build custom applications powered by Web Author. There is a sample project on GitHub that will help you get started.

Installers Support HTTPS by Default

The Windows, Linux, and All Platforms distributions of Web Author now support HTTPS protocol by default.

Edit Mode Widget on Mobile Devices

On mobile devices, it is now easier to switch to Edit mode with the introduction of a new widget.

Performance Improvements for Large Documents

If a document has a large amount of spelling errors or validation warnings, only a limited number of errors/warnings will be displayed when the document is opened. This improves performance, especially for large documents.

API

API: XMLNodeRendererCustomizer for Customizing Placeholders

When creating a custom framework, it is now possible to define custom placeholders using the XMLNodeRendererCustomizer API implementation.

Plugins

Plugin: Manage Custom Spell Check Dictionaries

An open-source plugin is available on GitHub for adding learned and forbidden words to the spell checking functionality in Web Author. The custom list of words can be referenced from a local file or URL. The plugin is available at: https://github.com/oxygenxml/web-author-learn-words-plugin.
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