VideosWhat's New in Web Author 26


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This video presents highlights of some of the most important and interesting new features implemented in Oxygen XML Web Author 26. Note that you can experiment with the AI Positron Assistant and other features using our demo at For the full list of features added in Web Author 26, go to


00:00:03We're very excited to announce the release of  Oxygen XML Web Author 26, and in this video, we  
00:00:10will show you some highlights of new features and  updates that were implemented in this version. 
00:00:15Oxygen's new AI Positron Assistant plugin  contributes a side pane that becomes a powerful  
00:00:20tool to help writers use AI-generated content.  It offers a variety of AI-powered actions.  
00:00:28For example, you could have the AI generate  a short description for the current topic.  
00:00:34You can see the response from the AI server  in the side pane and actions are available  
00:00:39under each response depending on the action,  for instance "insert" in this case to add  
00:00:44the short description in the document. Next, we'll intentionally create a grammar  
00:00:51problem ... and select the paragraph ... and  then we can use the "Correct Grammar" action.  
00:01:01This time we'll click "preview" ... and it opens  a file comparison where you can clearly see the  
00:01:07changes that the AI suggested ... and if you  agree with the changes, you can apply them. 
00:01:14To demonstrate one more action, we'll  select a short paragraph ... and we'll  
00:01:21choose the "Improve Readability" action ...  and again, we could preview the response,  
00:01:29or copy it to the clipboard, and in this  case, we can click "replace" to insert the  
00:01:34AI response, replacing the original content. Also, notice that there's a history drop-down  
00:01:41in the top-right corner where you can see and  easily select your most recently used actions. 
00:01:47The AI Positron Assistant is a plugin  that you can try out using the samples  
00:01:51available from the Web Author website. It  will also be available for installation  
00:01:56in on-premise deployments very soon. For DITA users, it is now much easier to  
00:02:02edit profiling attributes. You can click  the new editing icon directly within the  
00:02:08document. It opens a dialog box where you  can select from the available values. 
00:02:15Or you can right-click an attribute  and select "Edit Profiling Attributes"  
00:02:19from the contextual menu. And in the Attributes side pane,  
00:02:27you can click an attribute and an icon  becomes available to the right that also  
00:02:31opens the Edit Profiling Attributes dialog box. It is now much easier to insert topic references  
00:02:39from the content completion assistant. When  you select "Topic Reference (New Topic)",  
00:02:46it opens a file creation wizard where you  can choose a template and then the path  
00:02:51and file name for the new DITA topic. And after  clicking "Create", the new topic is created and  
00:03:03a reference to it is added in the map. For file servers accessible using the CMIS  
00:03:10protocol (such as FileNet), if you show the  Version History, you now have the ability to  
00:03:17trigger a comparison of two particular versions  directly from the Version History dialog box,  
00:03:22without needing to trigger the comparison using  other actions outside the Version History. 
00:03:28When using the Compare With Another File  action, the file is no longer always opened  
00:03:33as read-only. For example, we'll compare  the current file with the same file from  
00:03:38a different branch ... and you can see that  in the comparison tool, you have the ability  
00:03:54to copy the changes and then merge them. With change tracking enabled, if you rename  
00:04:08an XML element in the visial editor, the change  is now tracked as an element deletion followed  
00:04:19by an insertion, providing a more accurate  visual representation of the change. 
00:04:30When using the Insert Special Characters  action, for certain characters, such as  
00:04:35those that represent whitespace characters, it  is now easier to identify the character because  
00:04:41when hovering over a symbol, it now displays  the name of the special character along with  
00:04:46its corresponding unicode character. Static text labels that are presented in  
00:04:57the visual editor are now translated into Chinese  if the language attribute is set in the topic's  
00:05:02root element. Previously, Chinese translations  were not supported for the static text, as you  
00:05:08can see in the right side of this comparison. A free plugin is available that makes it possible  
00:05:17to edit Mermaid diagrams and charts embedded  in your XML documents. If you click the Edit  
00:05:24button displayed in the diagram, it opens a  window where you can edit the components in  
00:05:28the left pane and the changes are reflected in  real-time in the diagram in the right pane.  
00:05:41These were just some of the new features added  in Web Author 26. For a complete list of all  
00:05:47the additions, updates, and implementations,  go to our What's New page on our website.

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