VideosGenerating File or Directory Comparison Reports in Oxygen

Overview

This video offers a demonstration of using tools within Oxygen XML Editor to generate file or directory comparison reports in various formats.

Transcript

00:00:08The purpose of this video is to demonstrate  how to generate various reports that  
00:00:12show the results of a file or directory  comparison using tools within Oxygen.  
00:00:19First I'll open the Compare Files tool ...  and I'll specify two files to compare.  
00:00:32And you can see that it automatically did the  file comparison and shows the differences.  
00:00:37Now, I'll go to the File menu and select "Save  Results as HTML", I'll specify a name and path,  
00:00:48and I open the resulting report file,  
00:00:51and it displays information about  all the detected differences. 
00:00:59Now, I'll generate an HTML report using  the Compare Directories tool.
00:01:04I'll  specify two directories to compare ... now I'm going to toggle the "Show only  
00:01:15modifications" toolbar button because when the  HTML report is generated, instead of displaying  
00:01:21the full structure of the compared directories, the report only displays the differences  
00:01:27(the same as when the Show only  modifications button is toggled).  
00:01:35There is also an action in the Tools menu  
00:01:38called Generate HTML Report  for Directory Comparison. 
00:01:42It can be used to generate an HTML report  for 2 or 3-way directory comparisons.  
00:01:47I first need to specify the paths to the  base and the two directories to compare. 
00:01:56You can choose to use the current  settings from Preferences ...  
00:02:01and clicking the blue widget opens the  Directories Comparison preferences page. 
00:02:09I'll choose to use the  default settings this time.  
00:02:13There is also an option to generate  additional file comparison reports,  
00:02:18and I'll click the information button. And it explains that this option generates  
00:02:23file comparison reports for all  non-binary modified file pairs  
00:02:27with links to them in the main report. 
00:02:31Then I need to specify the path  and name for the output file.  
00:02:35And I'll leave the option selected to open the  results in the browser or system application ...  
00:02:42and after I click Generate report, the main  report is automatically opened in my browser. 
00:02:48You see that the results are displayed  similar to the reports you saw earlier.  
00:02:54I can click on one of the diff  symbols in the middle columns to  
00:02:57open the corresponding file comparison  reports for that particular file pair. 
00:03:04Back in Oxygen, I'll select that action again,  
00:03:11and this time I'll change some  options to refine the results.  
00:03:15So, I'll choose "use the current  settings from Preferences" ... 
00:03:21and I'll click the blue settings widget. From the preference page, I'll click on the  
00:03:23link for "Configure content comparison" ... this opens the Files Comparison preferences  
00:03:30page and I'm going to specify that it  ignores whitespaces and XML comments. 
00:03:40I'll generate the report ... and if I click the symbol for that same file pair,  
00:03:48you see that the resulting  report is filtered and now only  
00:03:513 differences are detected rather than 5. As you can see, there are a lot of different  
00:03:57options that you have available to refine the  HTML reports to suit your specific needs. 
00:04:03This concludes the demonstration.  Thank you for watching.