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What's New in Oxygen XML Author 22.0

February 12, 2020

Related version: 22.1    

Version 22 of the Oxygen XML Author provides numerous new features, updates, and improvements that focus on productivity, performance, efficiency, and simplicity for XML authoring, publishing, and collaboration.

This major release includes numerous productivity improvements for DITA authoring, the CSS-based PDF Publishing support and the Oxygen PDF Chemistry engine were enhanced with many new possibilities for publishing DITA content, support was added for the DITA-OT Project File, various features were added for HTML and Markdown document types, as well as updates to add-ons, new API entry points, component updates, performance and security improvements, and much more.

Version 22 also marks the release of two new products, Oxygen Feedback and Oxygen Publishing Engine. Oxygen Feedback provides a way for your community to interact and offer feedback by embedding a stylish comments area into your WebHelp Responsive output or any HTML-based website. For more information, go to: https://www.oxygenxml.com/oxygen_feedback.html. Meanwhile, the Oxygen Publishing Engine is a cost-effective bundle that offers automation support for transforming DITA content into WebHelp, PDF, EPUB, and plain HTML output from your integration scripts. It provides the DITA Open Toolkit with integrated Oxygen publishing plugins, including the responsive Oxygen WebHelp and the CSS-based PDF Chemistry engine. For more information, go to: https://www.oxygenxml.com/publishing_engine.html.

There are changes in:

DITA Authoring

New DITA Perspective

A new DITA Perspective is now available. It provides default side-views and other UI components that are optimal for working with DITA projects.
New DITA Perspective

Media Resources Presented in DITA Reusable Components View

The DITA Reusable Components view contains a new Media tab that displays all image, audio, and video resources used in the documentation project. You can easily insert references to these resources within a document by using double-click, drag and drop, or contextual menu actions.
Media Resources Presented in DITA Reusable Components View

Rename IDs for an Entire Project

If a DITA topic is open in Text mode and you click inside the value of an @id attribute, a quick assist menu allows you to search references to the ID attribute or rename the ID in the scope of the entire project.

Searching for References to Topics Now Takes Relationship Tables Into Account

When searching for the references to a DITA topic, Oxygen now also reports the virtual links that would be generated after publishing the map, based on relationship tables.

Include DITA Maps Defined as Master Files When Searching for References

If you have enabled Master Files support for your DITA project and you invoke an action from the DITA Maps Manager that triggers a search for references operation, Oxygen will also search for references in the DITA maps added to the Master Files folder. This applies to the following actions: Rename resource, Move resource, Remove from Disk, and Search references.

Improvements to the DITA Map Validate and Check for Completeness

When running a DITA Map completeness check, the progress dialog box now includes a Run in Background button so that you can continue working while the operation is processing. Also, performance was improved when the Batch validate referenced DITA resources option is selected in the DITA Map Completeness Check dialog box so that it does not take as long to process.

Save Various DITA-Related Settings at Project Level

Options were added in the new Project Level Settings preferences page that allows you to choose whether certain DITA-related settings are saved in the project configuration file or globally. For example, you can choose to save configured working sets for DITA media resources or DITA map completeness check settings at project level.

Improvements to the Image Preview Feature

When the Image Preview view is visible, selecting an image in the Project view or DITA Reusable Components view will automatically display the resource in the view. Also, you can now preview images referenced in a key definition by double-clicking them in the DITA Maps Manager.
Improvements to the Image Preview Feature

Automatic Validation Reports Broken Links

When you open a DITA topic in the main editing area, the automatic validation will now report broken links if the links are to elements inside the same DITA topic.

Action to Insert a Key Definition with Keyword

An action was added for DITA map document types that opens a dialog box where you can choose the name of a key and its keyword value and inserts the key definition at the current position within the map. The action is available on the toolbar and in the contextual menu (in the Insert submenu).
Action to Insert a Key Definition with Keyword

DITA Publishing

Introducing Oxygen Feedback - The New Comment Management Platform

Version 22 marks the release of a new product called Oxygen Feedback. It is a modern comment management platform that provides a simple and efficient way for your community to interact and offer feedback. It can be embedded into WebHelp Responsive output or added to any HTML-based website. An add-on is also available that contributes a side view where you can see all the comments from your output directly in Oxygen. For more information, go to: https://www.oxygenxml.com/oxygen_feedback.html.

Transform Individual DITA Topics to CSS-based PDF Output

A new transformation scenario called DITA PDF - based on HTML5 & CSS can be used to transform a single DITA topic to CSS-based PDF output. It automatically detects the current root map to resolve keys properly and detects the current profiling condition set for proper filtering. Similar to the DITA Map version of this transformation scenario, you can use a publishing template or custom CSS to style the output.
Transform Individual DITA Topics to CSS-based PDF Output

More Chapter TOC Styling Options for PDF Output Using CSS

When publishing to CSS-based PDF output, the args.chapter.layout parameter now supports the new value: MINITOC-BOTTOM-LINKS. It allows you to position the child topic links under the chapter description. For more details, see: Table of Contents for Chapters.

New Parameter to Control Margins for Blocks Elements in PDF Output

When publishing to CSS-based PDF output, a new parameter (drop.block.margins.at.page.boundary) can be used to control whether or not the top and bottom margins for block elements should be discarded when the element is located at the top or bottom of a page. The default is to discard the margins.

New Parameter to Control how Titles are Displayed

When publishing to CSS-based PDF output, a new parameter (args.css.param.title-layout) can be set to the table value to prevent long titles from wrapping to the next line, under the chapter number, without indentation. Instead, this value causes the chapter number to be in one table cell, while the wrapped text is in another cell and offers an indented look in the output.

Hyphenation Improvements for Tables in PDF Output

When publishing to CSS-based PDF output, hyphenation is now active by default for content inside tables to prevent content from bleeding outside cells. For more details, see How to Enable/Disable Hyphenation for Tables.

Common HTML5 Structure for Both CSS-based PDF and WebHelp Output

You can now use the same customization CSS for styling the content for both PDF (based on HTML5) and WebHelp Responsive output.

Added Support for Topic Grouping and Reuse in CSS-based PDF Output

The DITA map topicgroup element is now supported in CSS-based PDF output. It allows topic grouping and reuse without affecting the publication structure.

Flag Content Using a DITAVAL File

When publishing to CSS-based PDF output, it is now possible to mark certain content to flag it or draw attention to it. This is done by defining a flag in a DITAVAL file. For details, see Flagging Content.

Show Change Bars for Insertion and Deletion Changes in XSL-FO based PDF output

When publishing to XSL-FO based PDF output, it is now possible to also show change bars for track change insertions and deletions. For details, see Show Track Changes and Comments in PDF output.

XQuery Added as a Syntax Highlighting Language for DITA Code Blocks

When setting an @outputclass attribute on code blocks, a new language-xquery value is available to style the code block content with XQuery syntax highlighting.

Extra DITA Open Toolkit Plugins

A variety of DITA Open Toolkit open source plugins can be separately installed to directly use Excel, JSON, or ASCIIDoc content in a DITA Project, embed LaTeX or UML diagrams in topics, or dynamically create graphs from DITA tables.

DITA-OT Project

Support for the DITA-OT Project Configuration File

Oxygen supports editing, validating, and publishing the new DITA Open Toolkit project configuration file. This configuration file can also be used with the master files support to configure a context for project-wide resource modifications. Contexts defined in the project file are also presented in combo boxes in the DITA Maps Manager toolbar.
Support for the DITA-OT Project Configuration File

CSS Styles for Visually Editing a DITA-OT Project File

When working with a DITA-OT project file in the Author visual editing mode, you can switch to the Edit style in the Styles toolbar drop-down menu to edit the file using form controls and inline buttons. There is also a View as YAML style that shows a visual representation of the document in YAML.
CSS Styles for Visually Editing a DITA-OT Project File

Enhanced Validation and Content Completion for DITA-OT Project Files

When editing a DITA-OT project file, Oxygen provides validation with enhanced Schematron rules that report invalid references to non-existing contexts as well as content completion according to the associated schema and it is enhanced with proposals for ID references and available transformation types.
Enhanced Validation and Content Completion for DITA-OT Project Files

Built-in Transformation Scenarios for a DITA-OT Project File

Two new transformation scenarios were added specifically for publishing a DITA-OT project file. The Publish DITA-OT Project (all deliverables) transformation scenario processes all deliverables defined in the project file, while the Publish DITA-OT Project (select deliverables) transformation allows you to choose a deliverable.
Built-in Transformation Scenarios for a DITA-OT Project File

DITA Maps Manager Detects Context Maps Defined in a DITA-OT Project File

You can add a DITA-OT project file to the Master Files folder and the root map drop-down menu and the Profiling/Conditional Text drop-down menu on the DITA Maps Manager toolbar will contain the context DITA maps defined in the project file. When selected, the application gathers the keys from the context DITA map and applies the filters specified in that context.
DITA Maps Manager Detects Context Maps Defined in a DITA-OT Project File


Content Completion Improvements for HTML Documents

Content completion proposals are available for CSS and JavaScript code that is embedded in an HTML document. Also, after an unclosed tag, the content completion now presents proposals for the siblings.

Format and Indent HTML Documents

Support was added to Format and Indent HTML documents, including embedded CSS and JavaScript content. The structure of the document will be preserved after the action is performed.

XPath Support for HTML Documents

You can use the XPath Toolbar or XPath Builder View to quickly query HTML documents using XPath expressions. Both components also offer content completion to help you compose query patterns.
XPath Support for HTML Documents

Emmet Snippets

Oxygen supports Emmet snippet expansion. With Emmet, you can type abbreviations, similar to CSS selectors, and expand them into full-fledged HTML code. For details, see: Oxygen Emmet Plugin.
Emmet Snippets

Support for Editing HTML Documents in Author Mode

An HTML document can now be opened and edited in Author mode even if it is not XML well-formed. When the document is modified, it is converted to proper XML structure, while remaining HTML-valid.

Editing Improvements for HTML Documents

The HTML editor received various productivity improvements. For example, HTML documents have the same toolbar and contextual menu actions available as XHTML, the Smart Paste feature now works for HTML documents, and you can associate a CSS directly in an HTML document to customize the rendering.

Minify (Compress) HTML Documents

An action was added to Minify (compress) HTML document. Minification is the practice of removing unnecessary white spaces, without affecting the functionality of the document. While a minified HTML document gains execution performance, it loses some readability.

Code Templates for HTML Documents

A set of built-in code templates were added for HTML documents to make it easier to insert HTML code.


Markdown Editor Now Supports Lightweight DITA

A new option was added to export a Markdown document to a Lightweight DITA topic (XDITA). The right-side preview panel also now includes an XDITA tab so that you can see the Lightweight DITA representation of changes made in the left-side text editor.
Markdown Editor Now Supports Lightweight DITA

Validate Markdown Documents with Schematron

It is now possible to validate Markdown documents with Schematron. There are two ways to do this. You can specify a Schematron file to validate converted HTML or DITA content in a new Markdown preferences page or as a fallback, you can create an association using a catalog mapping.
Validate Markdown Documents with Schematron

DITA Keys are Resolved in Preview Pane

Keys that are defined in the root DITA map are now resolved and displayed properly in the DITA and XDITA preview tabs.


Improvements to the Git Add-on

The Oxygen Git Support add-on has a new History side-view, a Show Blame action was added for presenting more details about a revision, and a Pull (rebase) action was added to the toolbar.
Improvements to the Git Add-on

Oxygen Emmet Add-on

The Oxygen Emmet add-on provides the means for high-speed coding and editing in Text mode or Author mode via a content assistance mechanism. It can be used for HTML, XSL, and other XML formats. For details, see: Oxygen Emmet Plugin.

Plugin to Integrate Oxygen XML Editor or Web Author with a CMIS Server

A plugin is available that provides the ability to integrate any CMIS-enabled server with Oxygen XML Editor/Author or Oxygen XML Web Author. The plugin is available at: https://github.com/oxygenxml/oxygen-cmis-plugin.

More Types of Conversions Added to the Batch Converter Add-on

The Oxygen Batch Converter add-on now supports additional conversions from Microsoft Word to various XML document types. The additional types of conversions include: Word to XHTML, Word to DITA, Word to DocBook 4, and Word to DocBook 5.
More Types of Conversions Added to the Batch Converter Add-on

DITA Outgoing References View Add-on

The new DITA Outgoing References View add-on contributes a side view that shows all outgoing references for the current DITA topic. This side-view includes contextual menu actions for opening an outgoing reference or showing the definition location.
DITA Outgoing References View Add-on

Improvements to the DITA Prolog Updater Add-on

The Oxygen DITA Prolog Updater add-on has a new setting to control the number of revised dates saved in the document.

Support for Rendering EMF Images

An add-on is available that adds support for rendering EMF images in Author mode. For more details, go to https://github.com/oxygenxml/oxygenxml.emf.support.


Built-in Support for the Chinese Language

The Chinese language was added to the list of built-in supported languages for the interface.

Create Custom XML Markup Correction Rules for the AutoCorrect Feature

There is now an option in the AutoCorrect preferences page that will include XML markup correction rules specified in a configuration file for each XML document type. You can also create your own custom rules. For more details, see the Include text-to-markup corrections based on the current document type option in the AutoCorrect Preferences Page topic.

Security Improvements

Security improvements were added for all Oxygen products to help protect against XXE attacks and vulnerabilities. For example, Oxygen comes with a built-in firewall that controls the access to external resources and a warning is issued for documents that are detected as coming from an untrusted source.

CSS Level 3 'calc()' Function Now Supported

The Author mode now supports the CSS level 3 calc() function. It allows complex computation including arithmetic operators and percentage values.

Support for ::marker Pseudo Class

Support was added for the ::marker CSS pseudo-element. It can be used to take control over how the number for a list item is computed.

Choose Various Settings to Save at Project Level

A new Project Level Settings preferences page was added where you can choose whether certain settings are saved in the project configuration file or globally.

Hide all Toolbars

A new Hide all toolbars toggle action was added in the Window menu. If toggled on, all toolbar buttons are hidden to give you more vertical room in the interface. You can use this action along with the Maximize Editing Area action to create a full-screen editing environment.

NVDA Officially Supported

The NVDA screen reader is now officially supported as part of the accessibility support in Oxygen. For more details, see Using the NVDA Screen Reader with Oxygen.


Show or Hide Certain Views in a Specified Perspective

The Workspace Access plugin extension now supports an optional perspective element inside the view element. It allows a plugin-contributed view to be shown or hidden for a specific perspective.

Decide if a UI Perspective is Allowed

The ro.sync.exml.ComponentsValidator.isPerspectiveAllowed(int) method was added in the API and it can be used to decide which UI perspectives are available in Oxygen.

Open or Reload a Project

The ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.standalone.project.ProjectController API class now has the new loadProject(File) method that can be used to open a project file. The new method can also be used to reload the current project by using the getCurrentProjectURL() method to create the file object to pass as its parameter.

Save Complex Persistent Objects

The new WSOptionsStorage.setPersistentObjectOption(String,ExternalPersistentObject) API can be used to save complex objects using Oxygen's persistent storage.

Decide Where to Add Profiling Attributes

The shouldAddProfilingDirectlyOnElement(AuthorElement) method was added in the ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.ProfilingConditionalTextProvider API and it can be used to decide if profiling attributes should be added to the given element or to an XML fragment that will wrap the content of the element.

Control how URLs are Compared

The new RelativeReferenceResolver.getEditorLocationKey(URL) API method can be used to control how URLs are compared by removing parts of the URL that are not important for the comparison.

Configure Editor Actions Based on the Content Type

A new getContentType method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.editor.WSEditor API and it provides the ability to retrieve the content type. For example, it is useful if you want to contribute an editor action for a specific type of document.

Contribute Multi-Line Tooltips

A new installMultilineTooltip(JComponent) method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.standalone.ui.OxygenUIComponentsFactory API and it provides the ability to contribute a tooltip with multiple lines.

Control the Addition or Removal of Comments

Two new methods were added to ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.AuthorDocumentFilter: addCommentMarker() and removeMarker(). They can be used to intercept when a comment is added or removed.

Get Notified when Editor is Reloaded

A new editorReloaded(URL) method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.listeners.WSEditorListener API and it is triggered when a document is reloaded.

Create New Editor

A new createNewEditor(URL, String, String, String) method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.Workspace API and it can be used to create a new "untitled" editor.

Reset Cache When DITA Maps Manager is Refreshed

A new clearCache() method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.standalone.ditamap.TopicRefTargetInfoProvider API and it can be used to reset the cache when the reload action (F5) is used in the DITA Maps Manager.

Access Text Content for a Node

A new getContentIterator method was added to the ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.node.AuthorNode API and it allows iteration over the text content of a node.

Expand Ask Editor Variable

A new expandEditorVariables method was added to the ro.sync.exml.workspace.api.util.UtilAccess API and it allows for the expansion of ask editor variables.

Accept or Deny Access to Certain Hosts

A new ro.sync.exml.plugin.workspace.security.TrustedHostsProviderExtension plugin extension can be used to accept or deny access to certain web hosts.

Component Updates

Eclipse 4.12, 4.13, 4.14

Updated the Eclipse plugin to support versions 4.12, 4.13, and 4.14.

DITA Open Toolkit 3.4

The DITA Open Toolkit version bundled with Oxygen was updated to 3.4.


Updated the Saxon library that is distributed with Oxygen to version

Xerces 2.12.0

Updated the Apache Xerces library to version 2.12.0.

EpubCheck 4.2.2

Updated the EpubCheck library to version 4.2.2.

eXist 5.0

Oxygen officially supports the eXist database version 5.0.

TEI Schemas 3.6 and TEI Stylesheets 7.48

Updated the bundled TEI schemas to version 3.6 and the TEI stylesheets to version 7.48.

XSpec 1.5.0

Updated the XSpec library to version 1.5.

JSON Everit Validation Engine 1.12.0

Updated the JSON Everit validation engine to 1.12.0.

Apache PDFBox 2.0.16

Updated the Apache PDFBox library to version 2.0.16.

Apache FontBox 2.0.16

Updated the Apache FontBox library to version 2.0.16.

Apache HTTP Client 4.5.9

The Apache HTTP Client libraries have been updated to version 4.5.9.

Rhino 1.7.11

Updated the Rhino JavaScript library to version 1.7.11.

Calabash 1.1.30-99

Updated the Calabash engine to version 1.1.30-99.

Apache Ant 1.10.7

Updated the bundled Apache Ant libraries to version 1.10.7.

Apache FOP 2.4

Updated Apache FOP to version 2.4.

Apache Batik 1.12

Updated the Apache Batik SVG toolkit to version 1.12.

focheck 0.7.4

The bundled focheck framework that is used for enhanced XSL-FO validation was updated to version 0.7.4.

Apache XML Security 2.1.4

Updated the Apache XML Security library to version 2.1.4.

JavaScript ECMAScript 6

Limited support was added for JavaScript version ECMAScript 6.

Guava 28.1

Updated the Guava Google Core Libraries to version 28.1.

Lucene 8.4.1

Updated the Lucene libraries to version 8.4.1.