[oXygen-user] oXygen Author-mode document comparison plugin

David Cramer
Wed Jul 6 10:08:20 CDT 2011

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Very nice!

I haven't tested it with content that contains entities or xincludes
yet. How does it treat those in the result of the comparison? Does it
produce one big document with all entities and xincludes resolved? Or
does it preserve those in the result?

Two bugs to report:

1. The file chooser dialog shows no files unless I change the "Files of
type" field to "All files" (the default "Any file, *, *.*, *.XML..."
doesn't seem to match anything).

2. If you have a document with a DOCTYPE statement but with no DTD, it
fails to parse the document. This situation arises when you use a schema
to validate the document but add a DOCTYPE to declare entities. For
example, if you attempt to load two versions of the following valid
DocBook 5.x document, it fails to load the first one complaining that
"book" has not been defined:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE book [
    <!ENTITY FOO 'base'>
<book version="5.0" xmlns="http://docbook.org/ns/docbook"
    <title>All your &FOO; are belong to us</title>

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The plugin complains:

Compare failed

Problem loading the A input

Caused by:

Problem loading the A input
Element type "book" must be declared.
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My Environment:

<oXygen/> XML Author 12.2, build 2011051714

Linux anatine 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:24 UTC
2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


On 07/06/2011 03:57 AM, Michael Anthony Smith wrote:
> We have developed an oXygen plugin that shows the changes between any two versions of a document as oXygen 'tracked changes', which is available for evaluation download from http://www.deltaxml.com/products/oxygen-plugin/download.html. Please use oXygen's Author mode to view, accept and reject the changes.
> We are looking for feedback from anyone using oXygen, who might find such a plugin useful, say to author structured documents.
> If you use DITA, this plugin can also create a DITA topic with status and rev attributes inserted to show the changes between two versions of your topic.
> Similarly, if you use DocBook, this plugin can create a DocBook document with revisionflag attributes inserted to show the changes between two versions of your document.
> The DeltaXML oXygen Plugin provides authors of structured documents with that essential 'compare documents' feature found in ordinary word-processors.
> We are in final beta stages and would appreciate any comments from oXygen users on this mailing list - please download an evaluation version and we look forward to hearing your feedback.
> Please feel free to provide feedback via this mailing-list, to me directly, or the plugin's own support forum (http://www.deltaxml.com/forum/index/14).
> Thanks for your help,
> Anthony

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