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The Author API includes a class that allows you to create or remove custom persistent highlights, set new properties for the highlights, and customize their appearance. An example of a possible use case would be if you want to implement your own way of editing review comments. The custom persistent highlights get serialized in the XML document as processing instructions, with the following format:

<?oxy_custom_start prop1="val1"....?> xml content <?oxy_custom_end?>

This functionality is available through the AuthorPersistentHighlighter class that is accessible through the AuthorEditorAccess#getPersistentHighlighter() method.

For more information, see the JavaDoc details for this class at https://www.oxygenxml.com/InstData/Editor/SDK/javadoc/ro/sync/ecss/extensions/api/highlights/AuthorPersistentHighlighter.html.