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Oxygen XML Author 14.0

June 27, 2012

Related version: 14.1     14.2    

The XML authoring competes with word processors on ease of use and functionality while providing all the benefits of having XML documents as the result of your work - it has never been easier before to create, annotate and review XML content.

As usual, Oxygen is leading the XML tools providing support for new and upcoming standards and technologies. This version introduces EPUB3, a complete implementation of DITA 1.2 in Relax NG as well as the possibility to generate feedback-enabled WebHelp from DITA and DocBook documents.

The support for plugin and framework repositories allows Oxygen users to discover and install extensions to the standard Oxygen functionality and enables the Oxygen plugin and framework developers to easily deliver and update their applications to Oxygen users.

This version introduces subscription-based licenses for 1 year and 6 months alongside the existing permanent licensing option.

There are changes in:


Review Comments   [read more...]

When you annotate your XML documents, the comments are displayed in the Author mode as side callouts (balloons), and they also show additional information such as the author and the comment time.

Display Tracked Changes as Callouts

Along with review comments, the changes can be presented as callout boxes (balloons) next to the editing area, thus making it easy to collaborate on document editing and review. You can control what type of changes are displayed as well as the additional information: changed content, date, time, and author. To enable the balloons for tracked changes, use the 'Callouts' options page.

Column and Row Table Operations   [read more...]

You can select multiple rows and columns to easily copy or move table data by using copy/paste and drag/drop operations.

Complete DITA 1.2 Implementation in Relax NG

The complete set of DITA 1.2 schemas is available in Relax NG and Oxygen provides full support for creating, authoring and publishing DITA documents based on those Relax NG schemas. The DITA support in Relax NG was contributed back to the DITA community as an open source project: DITA-NG.

XPath Filter for Find/Replace in Author Mode

The XPath filter that was previously only available in Text mode, is now available in the Author editing mode.

Preview conref Target Elements

The insertion of a DITA conref is easier because Oxygen shows a preview of the target elements using the visual Author mode.

Discontinuous Selection   [read more...]

You can select multiple text ranges (discontinuous selections) or multiple elements in the Author mode for cut/copy/paste actions.

Partial Support for EPS Images

If the JAI Image I/O Tools libraries are installed in Oxygen, TIFF preview images embedded in referenced EPS images are rendered in the Author mode. Note that this is an experimental support.

CSS 3 Sub-strings Matching Attribute Selectors

The Author editing mode supports the CSS 3 starts-with, ends-with and contains attribute selectors.

Plugins and Frameworks

Plugin/Framework Deployment   [read more...]

As a developer you will be able to distribute your plugins and frameworks to other users by publishing them as add-ons on your website. The users can easily install new plugins and frameworks by just pointing Oxygen to a repository URL. They will be able to browse available plugins and frameworks and select the ones they want to install. When an add-on is changed, an update notification is triggered in Oxygen.

Transformation and Validation


Eclipse Plugin


Extended API

A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here.

Control the Callouts Rendering and Actions in Author Mode

The ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.callouts.AuthorCalloutsController gives you the possibility to specify if the Track Changes insert and delete highlights and the review comment highlights should be rendered as callouts on a side bar in the Author mode.

The controller can be used also to decide the content and styling of the callouts corresponding to the custom persistent highlights. By using the AuthorPersistentHighlighter.setHighlightsActionsProvider(AuthorPersistentHighlightActionsProvider) method you can also provide the actions which are displayed in the pop-up menu of these callouts.

Handle Special Author Table Operations

You can provide an extension of the ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.table.operations.AuthorTableOperationsHandler class in the ExtensionBundle implementation to handle insert and delete operations which are called when the user performs actions such as delete, paste, drop, or move on table columns and rows.

Access to Author Selection Model

This version adds support for multiple selections in the Author mode. The ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.AuthorSelectionModel API provides access to all Author selection intervals and contains methods for adding simple and multiple selections.

Listener for Author Track Changes and Review Comments Actions

The ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.highlights.AuthorPersistentHighlightsListener can be set to receive notifications about persistent highlights triggered by add, remove, or update actions.

Frameworks Internationalization Support

In order to provide a framework which can be used without modifications with multiple user languages, all action names and messages from the document types can be translated. The AuthorAccess.getAuthorResourceBundle() method was added to provide a message bundle that holds all the internationalized messages for a framework.

DITA Map Tree Component Integration

Using the Author Component API, a DITA Map Tree Component can be integrated in your applet or Java application. The component displays a DITA Map in a tree-like fashion similar to the DITA Maps Manager view of the Oxygen XML standalone distribution. The DITA Map Tree Component provider can be obtained from the AuthorComponentFactory.createDITAMapTreeComponentProvider() method.

Provide DITA Key Definitions

The ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.editor.page.ditamap.keys.KeyDefinitionManager can be used to provide information about key definitions which are used as a context for solving conkeyref and keyref references in all opened DITA topics.

In the standalone distribution extensions, the manager can be set by using the PluginWorkspace.setDITAKeyDefinitionManager(KeyDefinitionManager). If you are developing a plugin for Oxygen plugin for Eclipse you can create a plugin extension, having the com.oxygenxml.editor.ditaKeyDefinitionManager extension point.

Licensing MathFlow Editor and MathFlow Composer

It is possible to set a fixed key for licensing the MathFlow Editor (used for editing embedded MathML equations) and the MathFlow Composer (used for viewing embedded MathML equations). The licensing methods (setMathFlowFixedLicenseKeyForEditor(String) and setMathFlowFixedLicenseKeyForComposer(String)) can be found in both AuthorComponentFactory and StandalonePluginWorkspace.

Plugin Workspace Provider

The ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.PluginWorkspaceProvider singleton provides access to the workspace API of the Oxygen editor for plugins developed for both standalone and Eclipse distributions. By using it you can add listeners to editor-related events (for example, editor opened, closed, page changed, etc.), obtain access to all opened editors, add option listeners, or save custom options.

Execute XPath Expressions Against the Content of the Text Mode

The execution of XPath expressions against the content of the Text mode can be done by using the evaluateXPath(String) and findElementsByXPath(String) methods, added in ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.editor.page.text.xml.WSXMLTextEditorPage class. An instance of WSXMLTextEditorPage is returned by the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.editor.WSEditor.getCurrentPage(), when the current page is the Text mode of an XML document editor.

Map between Text Mode Offsets and Their Line-Column Coordinate

Additional methods were added in ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.editor.page.text.WSTextEditorPage to provide the line and column coordinates of a specific offset (getLineOfOffset(int) and getColumnOfOffset(int)) or to get the offset corresponding to a line start or a line end position (getOffsetOfLineStart(int) and getOffsetOfLineEnd(int)).

Set a Default Location for a File Chooser

The ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.Workspace.chooseFile method allows you to set the default location of a file chooser used for selecting a file.

Updated Components