DocBook Features

Oxygen XML Web Author comes with built-in support for the most popular XML documentation frameworks, including DocBook. The built-in DocBook framework includes support for the latest version of DocBook 5.1, as well as backwards compatibility for previous versions.

When reviewing and editing DocBook documents in Oxygen XML Web Author, a variety of features are available that were designed specifically for DocBook document types.


Oxygen XML Web Author includes a variety of toolbar and contextual menu actions that are specifically for DocBook documents. They make it very easy to insert and work with DocBook markup.

DocBook Toolbar

New Document Templates

Oxygen XML Web Author includes a variety of new document templates that make it easy to create various types of DocBook documents with some of the document structure already present.

DocBook Templates


Oxygen XML Web Author automatically validates DocBook documents as you type and presents warning messages in the Validation panel on the right side of the screen. Many of the DocBook validation issues that are detected also include Quick Fix proposals to help you solve the problems.

DocBook Validation

Content Completion

Oxygen XML Web Author includes an inline content completion assistant to help you insert and manage DocBook markup without having to take your fingers off the keyboard. By default, it appears when you press the Enter key and it offers proposals that are valid at the current location within the DocBook document with the most logical choices listed first. Most proposals also include a description to help you understand exactly what the particular selection will do.

DocBook Content Completion

CSS Styles

Oxygen XML Web Author has an option to adjust the rendering of documents simply by choosing from several styles. Each style is based on a corresponding CSS file stored in the built-in DocBook framework. There are several different styles available for DocBook documents, with choices such as switching to a full width mode, displaying colored revision changes, and showing or hiding column specifications for tables.

DocBook CSS Styles