Oxygen XML Author 15.1

October 7, 2013

Related versions: 15.0     15.2    

With the release of version 15.1, Oxygen is the first XML editor to fully support right-to-left and bidirectional text in the visual editing mode. Content authors are able to create and edit XML documents in the OxygenAuthor mode in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and others.

This version of Oxygen XML makes a leap forward in working with XML modules. Using the Master Files support, Oxygen assists you while editing an XML document that belongs to a set of assembled modules, and provides you features such as module validation, in-context Content Completion Assistant, ID referencing or module connection overview.

The integration of the entire DITA for Publishers plugins suite enables Oxygen users to produce Kindle output from DITA maps.

The Eclipse version (4.3) is now supported by the Oxygen XML Eclipse plugin. Also, to keep you up-to-date, we bundled the latest third-party components such as Saxon Enterprise Edition, TEI Schemas (2.5.0), TEI Stylesheets (7.1.0), DITA for Publishers 0.9.18, and Calabash 1.0.13.

There are changes in:

Working with Modular XML Files in the Master Files Context

Oxygen helps you edit XML modules referenced using XInclude or external entities. By customizing the XML Main File, Oxygen provides a context to address module validation, ID referencing, understanding how modules are connected to each other, or using the Content Completion Assistant to edit content.

XML Module Validation   [read more...]

When you validate an XML document, Oxygen automatically determines the Main Files that reference that module and validates the entire hierarchy of the assembled modules. This is especially useful, for example, when a module references IDs that are declared in another part of this hierarchy.

XML Module Editing   [read more...]

The Content Completion Assistant uses the schema declarations from the Main Files and only proposes elements and attributes that are valid in a particular editing context.

Search/Refactor Support for ID/IDREFS   [read more...]

The Main Files defined for the current module determines the scope of search and refactoring actions for ID/IDREFS values and for updating references when renaming or moving a resource. Oxygen performs search and refactoring actions in the context that is determined by the Main Files, improving the execution speed.

Search/Refactor Support for ID/IDREFS

Module Connections Overview   [read more...]

The Resource Hierarchy/Dependencies view allows you to visualize and understand the relationship between XML resources that are referenced using XInclude and external entity mechanisms.

Modules Connections Overview

Renaming or Moving an XML Module Updates its References   [read more...]

Oxygen automatically updates all the references to a module when the module is renamed or moved in the Project or Resource Hierarchy/Dependencies view.

XML Visual Editing

Bidirectional Text Support in Author Editing Mode   [read more...]

Oxygen is the first XML editor to offer complete support for languages that require right to left writing. This means that content authors editing documents in the OxygenAuthor mode are able to create and edit XML content in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu and other right to left languages.

Table and List Sorting   [read more...]

The advanced sorting support in Oxygen allows you to sort the content of tables and list items. The dedicated Sort dialog box lets you sort an entire table or list, or a selection of rows or list items. You can also use the Sort dialog box to perform a sorting operation based on multiple criteria.

Tracked Changes Displayed in Read-Only Fragments

Oxygen renders tracked changes in fragments that are referenced using DITA content references (XInclude or external entity mechanisms).

Track Attribute Changes

The Track Changes feature is able to keep track of changes made to XML attributes.

Character Map Improvements

Improved Search Capabilities

Added search capabilities by character description in the Character Map dialog box.
Character Map Improvements

Author API and Extensibility

Form-Based Editing in Author - Tooltip Property

The "tooltip" property lets you set a tooltip for the entire form control.

XPath Extension Functions

When defining the activation expression of an author action you can use the following two XPath functions:
  • oxy:allows-child-element('child_name')
  • oxy:current-selected-element('element_name')
One is to test that the current element (the one containing the cursor) accepts a child element, and another one is to test that the element covered by the selection has a certain name.

Sharing the Classloader Between a Framework and a Plugin

A framework and a plugin that are part of the same solution can share the same JAVA libraries.

DITA Support

Additional Output Formats

Added support to convert DITA Maps to the Kindle format. Also, you can convert Microsoft OOXML documents to DITA projects.

Support for DITA For Publishers Specializations

Creating, editing and validating DITA content based on the specializations included in the DITA For Publishers Project are now supported out of the box.

Redesigned Dialog Boxes for Inserting DITA Cross References and Content References

By redesigning the dialog boxes used for inserting DITA xref links or content references, Oxygen allows easier searching for target elements in topics containing many reusable components (dictionary-like content).

DocBook Support

EPUB 3 Output

An experimental transformation scenario that produces EPUB 3 output from DocBook 4 and DocBook 5 resources has been added.

CMS Integration and Connectivity

SharePoint Filtering Support   [read more...]

You can filter the content stored on a SharePoint Repository depending on the columns available for the current library. Oxygen allows you to apply multiple filters at the same time to display the items you are interested in.

Eclipse Plugin

Support for Eclipse 4.3

The Oxygen XML Eclipse plugin now supports Eclipse 4.3 in addition to the previously supported versions of Eclipse (3.4 - 3.7).

Syncro SVN Client

Repair Items Copied, Moved, or Renamed Outside of an SVN Client

Items that were copied, moved, or renamed without using an SVN client can be repaired to maintain their history, making SVN aware of all the changes.

Improved Copying of Repository Items

Repository items can be copied from revisions other than the latest one, allowing you to recover any previous version you might need. This is allowed even if you are browsing older revisions in the Repositories view.

Extended Support for Copying Repository Items

Any version of a repository item can be retrieved directly when browsing its history either in the History view, Directory Change Set view, or Revision Graph view.

Recover Items Deleted from the Repository

Even if an item does not exist in the latest revision of the repository, its history is still preserved. Syncro SVN Client can resurrect any item presented as deleted in the History view, Directory Change Set view, or Revision Graph view.

Component Updates

ODF 1.2

Oxygen offers support for ODF 1.2.

Calabash 1.0.13

XML Calabash was upgraded to version 1.0.13

Updated Saxon to Version

Version of Saxon is included in Oxygen XML Author.

HTTP Client 4.2.5

The Apache HTTP Client libraries were updated to version 4.2.5.

DITA for Publishers 0.9.18

DITA for Publishers was updated to version 0.9.18.


TEI Schema was updated to version 2.5.0. TEI XSL was updated to version 7.1.0.