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Oxygen XML Editor 16.0

May 20, 2014

Related version: 16.1    

Oxygen XML Editor 16 increases your productivity for XSLT development with the addition of Quick Fixes and improvements to refactoring actions. Saxon-CE specific extensions are supported and you can apply XPath queries on multiple files.

If you use Ant to orchestrate build processes then Oxygen will support you with a powerful Ant editor featuring validation, content completion assistance, Outline view, syntax highlight and search, and refactoring actions.

Working with conditional content is a lot easier, since you can set different colors and styles for each condition, or focus exclusively on a specific deliverable by hiding all excluded content. You can modify DITA and DocBook tables easily using the table properties action.

You can customize the style of the Oxygen WebHelp output to look exactly as you want using the WebHelp skin builder.

As usual, this version includes many component updates and updated API functionality.

There are changes in:


XSLT Quick Fixes

To improve development productivity Oxygen offers rapid fixes for common errors that appear during XSLT development. Using the Quick Fix support you can resolve problems such as missing templates, misspelled template names, missing function,s or references to undeclared variables or parameters.

Improved XSLT Refactoring

XSLT refactoring support has been improved by adding additional refactoring actions and enhancements to the existing ones. If you want to re-use an XPath expression, you can use a refactoring action to extract that expression as a variable or parameter. The Move to another stylesheet refactoring action allows you to move one or more XSLT global components into a new or existing stylesheet. To make refactoring actions more accessible the Quick Assist feature displays the refactoring actions relevant to the current editing context.
Improved XSLT Refactoring

Saxon-CE Specific XSLT Development Support

Saxon-CE (Client Edition) provides integrated XSLT 2.0 support in the web browser. XSLT stylesheets designed to work with Saxon-CE use specific extensions to integrate with the web browser and to react to user-generated events. Oxygen helps you develop XSLT stylesheets for Saxon-CE with special validation, content completion assistance, and syntax highlight support, all aware of Saxon-CE extension functions and instructions.


XPath over Multiple Files

You can easily execute XPath expressions over multiple files. You can choose one of the predefined scopes (Current File, Project, Selected Project Resources, All Opened Files, Current DITA Map Hierarchy) or define your own collection of files.
XPath Over Multiple Files

XPath File Filter

You can execute XPath expressions over all the files from the selected scope or you can define an additional filter that will select the relevant resources from that scope. The default filter selects all the known XML file types.

Stop XPath Execution

An XPath expression executed over multiple documents may take a long period of time to complete. During the execution of an XPath expression, the XPath toolbar displays a Stop button that allows you to stop the processing.

Ant Editor

Oxygen provides a full-fledged Ant build files editor that includes features such as validation, content completion assistance, Outline view, syntax highlight and search, and refactoring actions.

Ant Outline View

The Outline view is available for the Ant build files editor, offering you an overview of the Ant components and the possibility to focus on a specific subset using the filter box.
Ant Outline View

Content Completion Assistant

The Content Completion Assistant offers the list of Ant components that can be inserted in the current context. You can use it to easily insert references to components or to define new ones.

Searching and Refactoring Actions

You have a wide variety of actions to search and rename IDs, targets and properties.
Searching and Refactoring Actions

Master Files - Contextual Editing

Ant validation, editing (content-completion and Outline view), refactoring and component search operations work by default in the context of the Ant Master Files.

Resource Hierarchy / Dependencies View

The relationship between Ant resources can be visualized and understood with the help of the Resource Hierarchy/Dependencies view.

Visual XML Editing

Profiling Colors and Styles

Profiling, also known as conditional processing, allows tagging content that will be available only in specific deliverables. This is usually implemented using specific attributes (also called profiling attributes such as product, audience, etc.) and setting values to them. Oxygen helps you quickly identify the profiled sections of a document by allowing you to define colors and styles for each profiling attribute value and to apply them automatically to the profiled parts of the document.

Support for Editing Table Properties (for DITA & DocBook)

Properties for cells, rows, columns or the entire table can be customized using the contextual Table Properties action. This allows setting vertical and horizontal alignment, column and row separators, conversions between header, body and footer row types or configuring the table frame property.

Hide Content Excluded in a Specific Deliverable

A deliverable is defined by a Profiling Condition Set that specifies what conditional content will be included or excluded from the document. After selecting the current Profiling Condition Set you can choose to hide the excluded content and focus on that deliverable without any interference with the content that is not relevant in that context.

Customizable Profiling Attributes Rendering

The profiling attributes and their values can be made visible and editable directly in the Author visual editing mode. The colors used to render profiling attributes and their values are customizable, you can change the default rendering by setting custom background, border and foreground colors. You can also hide the name of the profiling attribute.
Customizable Profiling Attributes Rendering

Render the text-decoration-style CSS 3 Property

The text-decoration-style property as specified in the CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3 will be rendered by Oxygen in the visual Author editing mode. This allows you to control the style of a text decoration (for example, to show a wavy underline).

WebHelp Skin Builder

WebHelp Skin Builder

The WebHelp output style can be customized with a CSS that can be passed as a parameter for the transformations from DITA and DocBook to WebHelp. Oxygen provides an online tool that allows non-technical users to easily create these CSS customizations in a visual interface, starting from one of the pre-defined skin templates.

DITA Support

DITA OT 1.8.4

The DITA Open Toolkit was updated to version 1.8.4.

Support for Editing DITA Table Properties

Properties for cells, rows, columns or the entire table can be customized using the contextual Table Properties action. This allows setting vertical and horizontal alignment, column and row separators, conversions between header, body and footer row types or configuring the table frame property. CALS, Simple Table and Choice Table formats are supported.
Support for Editing DITA Table Properties

DITAVAL Content Completion Assistant

When editing a DITAVAL file, the Content Completion Assistant displays the profiling attribute names and possible values.

Profiling-Aware DITA Key Resolution

When you work with conditional content you can focus on a specific deliverable by enabling a profiling condition set. Some keys may be conditionally defined and Oxygen will take into account the profiling condition set that filters out some of the content when gathering the key definitions.

DocBook Support

Support for Editing DocBook Table Properties

Properties for cells, rows, columns or the entire table can be customized using the contextual Table Properties action. This allows setting vertical and horizontal alignment, column and row separators, conversions between header, body and footer row types or configuring the table frame property. Both CALS and HTML table models are supported.
Support for Editing DocBook Table Properties

Component Updates


The Saxon XSLT, XQuery and XML Schema processor from Saxonica was updated to version

Updated TEI Schemas and Stylesheets

The TEI schema was updated to version 2.6.0 and TEI XSL stylesheets to version 7.11.0.

ANT 1.9.3

The ANT tool was updated to version 1.9.3.

POI 3.10

The Apache POI library was updated to version 3.10.


Extend Framework

You can extend a base document type configuration to add or remove functionality. When the base is modified and evolves (from one application version to another, for example) the extension will evolve along with it. This allows the extension to use the new features/actions added in the base.

Eclipse Author Validation Stripe

The Eclipse Plugin was enhanced to contain a vertical validation stripe in the Author visual editing mode showing an overview of all reported validation errors.

Editor Variable for Evaluating XPath 3.0 Expressions

The xpath_eval(expression) editor variable allows you to evaluate XPath 3.0 expressions either statically, in non-XML contexts, or dynamically, relative to the current element, in XML contexts. As an example, this gives you access to all standard XPath functions such as replace(), substring(), or upper-case() when you compute the output file name of a transformation.

Better Application Tooltips Styling

The user interface has been improved by using rich HTML for displaying tooltip information. For example, in the case of a validation error the tooltip may contain a link to an external web page.

Reference Video Files in EPUB and EPUB 3 Output

You can reference popular image or video media files to be included in EPUB and EPUB 3

Oxygen API

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

Maven Repository for the Oxygen SDK

Oxygen provides API to extend its functionality and also makes available components that can be used as part of other applications - all these form the Oxygen SDK. Starting with version 16 the SDK is available through Maven.

Early Access to Oxygen XML Author WebApp

The Oxygen XML Author WebApp provides XML authoring and review in the browser, running Oxygen XML Author on the server in a Java EE container and generating HTML5+JavaScript for the client side. These technology choices make the XML authoring and review available on any device that supports HTML5 and JavaScript, so it works also on smart phones and tablets. The Oxygen SDK includes early access to this web/mobile XML-editing platform.

Import Global Options from an XML Document

The API PluginWorkspace.importGlobalOptions(File) allows you to set fixed options to the application from an exported XML options file.

Access to Plugin Workspace from the Author Component

The API AuthorComponentFactory.getPluginWorkspace() allows access to the Plugins Workspace API from the Author Component API.

Obtain the Balanced Selection

The API WSAuthorEditorPageBase.getBalancedSelection(int, int) allows you to obtain the balanced selection from the Author editing mode.

Obtain the Element Fully Surrounded in the Selection

Use the API WSAuthorEditorPageBase.getFullySelectedNode(int, int) to get the node which is fully surrounded by the current selection.

API to License MathFlow

The API methods MathFlowConfigurator.setMathFlowFixedLicenseFile(File) and MathFlowConfigurator.setMathFlowInstallationFolder(File) methods that allow to license and install the commercial MathFlow editor.

Get the Document Type of the Currently Open XML Editor

The WSEditorBase.getDocumentTypeInformation() API method allows you to find details about the document type of the currently open XML editor.

Set Multiple Attributes to an Element

The API method AuthorDocumentController.setMultipleAttributes() method allows you to faster set multiple attributes to multiple elements.

Get the Build ID of the Current Version

The API method WorkspaceUtilities.getVersionBuildID() can be used to obtain the build ID of the current version of the application.

Execute an Author Action at a Given Offset

The AuthorActionsProvider.invokeAuthorExtensionActionInContext() method allows you to execute an Author Extension Action at a given cursor offset.

Obtain All Registered Editor Listeners

The WSEditor.getEditorListeners() API method allows you to get the list of all listeners registered on a particular editor.

Obtain All Registered Editor Change Listeners

The PluginWorkspace.getEditorChangeListeners() method allows you to get the list of all editor change listeners registered in the application.

Define Scopes for a Plugin's Library

In the plugin.xml plugin configuration file you can contribute a referenced library to the main application class loader by setting the scope attribute to one of the following values: global and globalHighPriority.