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Oxygen XML Web Author can be embedded in a CMS to offer editing functionality for documents stored in the CMS. It can also be embedded in other web applications.

Web Author has two parts that need to be considered when integrating:
  1. A front-end HTML page that should be embedded using an iframe (load the main page (app/oxygen.html) in an iframe). Some of its options can be controlled using URL parameters and others by using the Oxygen XML Web Author JavaScript API from a plugin.
  2. The Java-based back-end that can also be customized using plugins.
    Note: It is recommended to deploy the back-end separately from your application. More details here: Sharing a Tomcat Instance.

Security Restrictions

Oxygen XML Web Author uses cookies to enforce its licensing and to maintain the editing state of the open documents. Some browsers block third-party cookies for security reasons. To avoid having the cookies blocked, Oxygen XML Web Author should be served from the same origin as the CMS host page.

Passing URL Parameters to the Editor

To control the editor, you can use URL parameters.

The allowed URL parameters are as follows:
  • url - The OXY-URL that identifies the file to be opened.
  • folderUrl - You can use this parameter to navigate to the Dashboard with the corresponding repository tab open and the content of the specified folder displayed.
  • userName - The user name of the author.
  • autoSaveInterval - The interval of time (in seconds) to wait until an auto-save is performed. If set to 0 or false, the auto-save is disabled.
  • ccOnEnter - If set to true, the content completion popup window is displayed when the user presses Enter. If set to false, the Enter key works similar to the behavior in a normal word processor application.
  • hideBreadcrumb - If set to true, the breadcrumb will not be displayed in the interface.
  • lang - You can use this parameter to impose a specific language for the Oxygen XML Web Author interface. The possible values are:
    • en_US - English
    • de_DE - German
    • fr_FR - French
    • ja_JP - Japanese
    • nl_NL - Dutch
    • zh_CN - Chinese
  • spell.check.language - Specifies the default language used for spell checking in the document. The value must be in either a 2-digit or 4-digit language code format (for example, en or en_US).
  • trackChanges - Flag that controls whether or not the editor should track changes. The possible values are:
    • default - The status of change tracking is determined by the server's global options.
    • enabled - Change tracking is enabled but the user can disable it using a toolbar action.
    • forced - Change tracking is enabled and the user cannot disable it. The user can reject their own changes, but cannot accept or reject changes made by others.
    If you use a value other than default, the server change tracking status (as configured in the Administration Page) should not be "Stored in the document". For more information about this parameter, see Control Change Tracking State
  • ditamap - (DITA-specific Parameter) The OXY-URL of the DITA Map to use as a context for resolving keys.
  • dita.val.url - (DITA-specific Parameter) The OXY-URL of a DITAVAL filter. It is used for resolving keys whose values depend on profiling conditions and it grays out content that is excluded by the DITAVAL filter.
  • KeyscopeStack - (DITA-specific Parameter) Used for resolving keys when DITA 1.3 key scopes are defined in the DITA map. The value looks like this:
    a b c,d e f
    for a DITA map that has the key scope defined like this:
    <topicref keyscope="a b c"><topicref keyscope="d e f"/></topicref>
  • expandTopicRefs - (DITA-specific Parameter) If set to true, when a DITA map is opened in Oxygen XML Web Author, the content of all topics referenced in the map will be presented.
  • contentType - For cases where Web Author cannot open a document that has an unrecognized file extension, you can use this parameter as a loading option to pass a specific file type so that client-side editing support can be used for editing the document. You can also specify an encoding type. Examples for values:
    • image/png
    • application/xml
    • application/markdown;charset=utf-8
  • textModeReadOnly - If set to true, the Web Author XML text editing mode will always be set to read-only.
  • tags-mode - You can use this parameter to specify the Tags Display Mode for the document. The possible values are:
    • full-tags-with-attributes - Displays full tag names with attributes for both block and inline elements.
    • full-tags - Displays full tag names without attributes for both block and inline elements.
    • block-tags - Displays full tag names for block elements and simple tags without names for inline elements.
    • inline-tags - Displays full tag names for inline elements, while block elements are not displayed.
    • partial-tags - Displays simple tags without names for inline elements, while block elements are not displayed.
    • no-tags - No tags are displayed.
  • compactTagsMode - If the user has the Tags Display Mode option set to any value that shows the XML tags, setting this parameter to true will compact the tags (for example, multiple tags presented on the same line). If set to false, each tag of a block element is presented on a separate line.
  • quickUpDownNavigation - If set to true, horizontal cursor positions between block elements are avoided. It also forces tags of block elements to be displayed on separate lines, if visible.
  • diffUrl - (File Comparison Tool Parameter) This parameter can be used in conjunction with the url parameter to specify files to compare with each other. This parameter specifies the URL of the file to be opened in the right side of the file comparison tool while the url parameter specifies the URL of the file to be opened in the left side.
  • diffBaseUrl - (File Comparison Tool Parameter) This parameter can be used in conjunction with the url and diffUrl parameters to perform a 3-way file comparison. This parameter specifies the URL of the original base file, while the url parameter specifies the URL of the file to be opened in the left side of the file comparison tool (the local file), and the diffUrl parameter specifies the URL of the file to be opened in the right side (the remote file).
  • leftEditorLabel - (File Comparison Tool Parameter) This parameter can be used to specify the label used for the name of the file in the left side of the file comparison tool. Normally, the file name is used.
  • rightEditorLabel - (File Comparison Tool Parameter) This parameter can be used to specify the label used for the name of the file in the right side of the file comparison tool. Normally, the file name is used.
  • schematron.imposed.phase - This parameter can be used to impose the Schematron phase to use when validating with a Schematron file.
  • schematronUrl - (Markdown-specific parameter) This parameter can be used to specify the URL of a Schematron file that will be used to validate the Markdown document.
  • showDitaMapView - When set to true, the DITA Map view will automatically be displayed (and the Show DITA Map View action is no longer present on the toolbar).

To pass custom parameters, you can implement a plugin for Oxygen XML Web Author that contains JavaScript code to interpret those parameters and configure the editor (sync.api.Workspace.LoadingOptions).

Communicating with the Editor

To communicate with the editor, you can send messages between the host CMS page and the Oxygen XML Web Author page.

Browsers offer the window.postMessage JavaScript API that allows messages to be sent between pages. To receive the message, create a plugin for Oxygen XML Web Author that contains JavaScript code that listens for the messages sent by the CMS host page and uses the Oxygen XML Web Author JavaScript API to implement the required functionality.

Other Notes

  • Some XML vocabularies (for example, DITA) support cross-document links. By default, clicking on a cross-document link will open that document in the Oxygen XML Web Author in another browser tab. If the editor is embedded, you may want to change this behavior using the sync.api.Editor.EventTypes.LINK_OPENED event that is triggered on the sync.api.Editor instance.
  • When embedded in a larger page, sometimes it makes sense to remove the gray app-bar that contains the application logo, file name, and user name. To do this, you can use the workspace.getViewManager().hideAppBar(); API.
  • It is possible to customize the Oxygen XML Web Author user interface through the use of JavaScript APIs. For more information, see Customizing the Web Author User Interface.
Warning: It is possible to experience problems if the iframe is hidden while loading using display: none. You can use visibility: hidden for the same purpose.