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Oxygen XML Editor supports a wide range of document types. The New Document wizard presents the default associations between a file extension and the type of editor that opens the file. To customize these default associations, open the Preferences dialog box (Options > Preferences) and go to File Types.

The New Document wizard creates a skeleton document that may contain a root element, the document prolog, and possibly other child elements depending on options that are specific for each schema type. You can also create your own custom document templates and select them from this wizard.

New Document Wizard

To create a new document using this wizard, follow these steps:
  1. Click the New button on the toolbar or select File > New.

    Result: The New Document wizard is displayed:

    Figure 1: New Document Wizard
    The first page of the wizard displays the supported document types and groups them in the following categories:
    Recently Used
    Contains the list of the most recently used file types. To clear the history of this folder, right-click an entry and select Remove all (or select an entry and press Ctrl + Delete on your keyboard). To remove a single entry, right-click and select Remove (or select the entry and press Delete on your keyboard).
    New Document
    Contains the list of all supported document types. This list includes XML, XSL, XML Schema, Document Type Definition, Relax NG Schema, XQuery, Web Services Definition Language, Schematron Schema, CSS, Text, PHP, JavaScript, Java, C, C++, Batch, Shell, Properties, SQL, XML Catalog, PERL, JSON, and more.
    Global Templates
    Contains the list of built-in templates as well as user-defined custom templates. You can create your own custom document templates and add them to the templates folder of the Oxygen XML Editor installation directory.
    Framework Templates
    Contains the list of templates defined in the Document Type configuration dialog box (Templates tab) for each framework.
    User-defined template directory
    You can add your own custom templates by creating template files in a directory and then add that directory to the list of template directories that Oxygen XML Editor uses in the Document Templates preferences page. This user-defined directory will also appear in the New Document wizard.
  2. Select the type of document that you want to create.
    Tip: You can use the text filter field at the top of the dialog box to search for a specific template.
  3. If you want to change the default name and path of the file, select the Save as option and specify the file path (the Show "Save as" option to save newly created documents in the "New" document wizard option must be selected in the Save preferences page). Otherwise, the file will be opened in a new tab with a default untitled name and the document path will not yet exist until you save it.
    Note: For DITA documents, the dialog box includes some additional options for generating a title, file name, and root ID attribute. For more information, see Creating a New DITA Topic.
  4. If you want to use the default settings in the creation process, select Create at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Result: The document is created using the default settings and the new file is opened in the appropriate editor.

  5. If you want to configure properties before creating the file, select Customize. This action is available for XML, XML Schema, Schematron, and XSL documents.

    Result: A new file configuration dialog box is opened that allows you to customize various options, depending on the document type you selected. After configuring the options in this wizard, click Create to create the file and open it in the appropriate editor.

XML Document Configuration Page

Figure 2: New XML Document Configuration Wizard Page

If you selected XML Document for the type of file you want to create and selected the Customize option, the configuration dialog box will include the following options:

Schema URL
Specifies the path to the schema file. When you select a file, Oxygen XML Editor analyzes its content and tries to fill in the rest of the dialog box.
Schema Type
Allows you to select the schema type. The following options are available: XML Schema, DTD, RelaxNG XML syntax, RelaxNG compact syntax, and NVDL.
Public ID
Specifies the PUBLIC identifier declared in the document prolog.
Namespace
Specifies the document namespace.
Prefix
Specifies the prefix for the namespace of the document root.
Root Element
Populated with elements defined in the specified schema, enables selection of the element used as document root.
Description
A small description of the selected document root.
Add Optional Content
If you select this option, the elements and attributes defined in the XML Schema as optional are generated in the skeleton XML document.
Add First Choice Particle
If you select this option, Oxygen XML Editor generates the first element of an xs:choice schema element in the skeleton XML document. Oxygen XML Editor creates this document in a new editor panel when you click OK.

XSLT Document Configuration Page

Figure 3: New XSLT Stylesheet Configuration Wizard Page

If you selected XSLT Stylesheet for the type of file you want to create and selected the Customize option, the configuration dialog box will include the following options:

Stylesheet version
Allows you to select the Stylesheet version number. You can select from: 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0.
Add documentation annotations
Select this option to generate the stylesheet annotation documentation.

XML Schema Document Configuration Page

Figure 4: New XML Schema Configuration Wizard Page

If you selected XML Schema for the type of file you want to create and selected the Customize option, the configuration dialog box will include the following options:

Default XML Schema version
Uses the XML Schema version defined in the XML Schema preferences page.
XML Schema 1.0
Sets the minVersion attribute to 1.0 and the maxVersion attribute to 1.1.
XML Schema 1.1
Sets the minVersion attribute to 1.1.
Target namespace
Allows you to specify the schema target namespace.
Namespace prefix declaration table
This table contains namespace prefix declarations. Table information can be managed using the New and Delete buttons.
Tip: For further details on how you can set the version of an XML Schema, go to Setting the XML Schema Version.

Schematron Document Configuration Page

Figure 5: New Schematron Configuration Wizard Page

If you selected Schematron for the type of file you want to create and selected the Customize option, the configuration dialog box will include the following option:

Schematron version
Specifies the Schematron version. Possible options: 1.5 (deprecated) and ISO.
Note: Starting with version 16.0 of Oxygen XML Editor, the support for Schematron 1.5 is deprecated. It is recommended to use ISO Schematron instead.

JSON Document Configuration Page

Figure 6: New JSON Configuration Wizard Page

If you select JSON for the type of file you want to create and select the Customize option, the configuration dialog box will include the following options:

Schema URL
Specifies the path to a JSON Schema file that will be used to generate key-value pairs.
Associate Schema in the Document
If you select this option, the JSON instance will be generated with the JSON Schema associated directly in the document.
Generate Optional Properties
If you select this option, the JSON instance will be generated with optional properties that are defined in the JSON schema. Otherwise, only the required properties will be generated.
Generate Additional Content
If you select this option, the JSON instance will be generated with additional properties that are defined in the JSON schema as additionalProperties and additional items that are defined as additionalItems (in the case of an Array).