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What's New in Oxygen XML Web Author 20.1

Related Versions: 20.020.1

June 15, 2018

Version 20.1 of the Oxygen XML Web Author is the latest release for the innovative web-based authoring tool, it makes it easier for non technical users to work with structured content, for example using user-friendly names for XML elements and presenting documentation tooltips, improves the review support when working with track changes and comments, and allows users to select between various rendering styles for a document.


Improved Breadcrumb Design

The breadcrumb was re-designed and moved to the bottom of the screen to make it less distracting when you want to focus on the content instead of the structure, but you also have the ability to move it back to the top of the screen. There is also a new API option to hide the breadcrumb.
Improved Breadcrumb Design

Dynamically Change Styles

Web Author comes with a set of built-in CSS styles that define the visual style of the document. A new option was added where you can select a main style for your document, along with multiple alternate styles that act as layers that you can enable or disable. This makes it easy to change the look of the document.
Dynamically Change Styles


Improved Tooltip Design for Comments and Tracked Changes

When hovering over comments or tracked changes, the tooltip now includes the most common actions inline, making it even easier to address comments or changes when reviewing documents.
Improved Tooltip Design for Comments and Tracked Changes

Better Way to Locate Comments and Tracked Changes

It is now easier to locate comments and tracked changes. When you select an entry in the Review side-view, a connecting arrow points to the comment or tracked change in the editor.
Better Way to Locate Comments and Tracked Changes


User Friendly Element Names

Element names are now displayed with an expanded label that is more user friendly. For example, the DITA dl element is expanded and displayed as Definition List.
User Friendly Element Names

DITAVAL Processing Taken into Account When Resolving Keys

A new URL parameter (dita.val.url) was added so that you can specify a DITAVAL file for the purposes of resolving keys. This is useful when you combine profiling and DITA keys and some keys are defined conditionally with different values for different products, audiences, etc. The provided DITAVAL file clarifies which values are relevant for the current editing session.


Customize Annotations in Content Completion Assistant

When you press Enter to open the content completion window, documentation is displayed for each element. This documentation is available for the built-in frameworks and you can also add similar support for your custom frameworks.
Customize Annotations in Content Completion Assistant

Selection Handling Improvements

Various improvements were made for keyboard shortcuts and mouse selection handling. For example, on Windows the End key is now XML-aware so it doesn't skip over element closing tags, Double-click now selects a word, Triple-click now selects an entire element, and Ctrl + Arrow keys move forward or backward one word at a time.


Improved Editing Support for CJK Languages

Support was added for more input methods, such as Korean and Chinese Sougou on Windows, and Chinese on Mac.
Improved Editing Support for CJK Languages

Image Map Free Form Shape Tool More Intuitive

When adding a free form shape in the Image Map Editor, a yellow circle now appears at the location of the first point and when you've added the rest of the points, all you have to do is click on the yellow circle to complete the shape.


API: Selection Change Listener

New API is available to listen for selection change events (selectionModel.listen(sync.api.SelectionModel.EventType.SELECTION_CHANGED, function()).

Support for $ask Variables

Web Author now supports ${ask} variables in framework actions. This makes it easier to add toolbar actions that require user input.

Component Updates

Component Update: Apache Tomcat 9

Upgraded Apache Tomcat in the installers to version 9.