Version 1.0 - April the 15th, 2002
Version 1.1 - May the 15th, 2002
Version 1.1.5 - May the 20th, 2002
Version 1.1.6 - May the 24th, 2002
Version 1.1.7 - May the 27th, 2002
Version 1.1.8 - June the 5th, 2002
Version 1.1.9 - June the 15th, 2002
Version 1.2 - June the 27th, 2002
Version 1.2.1 - September the 27th, 2002
Version 1.2.2 - October the 22nd, 2002
Version 1.2.3 - November the 27th, 2002
Version 1.2.4 - December the 17th, 2002
Version 2.0 - April the 2nd, 2003
Version 2.0.1 - May the 15th, 2003
Version 2.0.2 - June the 9th, 2003
Version 2.0.3 - August the 14th, 2003
Version 2.0.4 - September the 19th, 2003
Version 3.0 - January the 14th, 2004
Version 3.1 - February the 6th, 2004
Version 4.0 - April the 30th, 2004
Version 4.1 - June the 10th, 2004
Version 4.2 - July the 15th, 2004
Version 5.0 - October the 15th, 2004
Version 5.1 - January the 18th, 2005
Version 6.0 - May the 22nd, 2005
Version 6.1 - July the 19th, 2005
Version 6.2 - September the 19th, 2005
Version 7.0 - January the 13th, 2006
Version 7.1 - March the 2nd, 2006
Version 7.2 - June the 6th, 2006
Version 8.0 - November 20th, 2006
Version 8.1 - January 25th, 2007
Version 8.2 - May 7th, 2007
Version 9.0 - November 2nd, 2007
Version 9.1 - December 18, 2007
Version 9.2 - May 9, 2008
Version 9.3 - July 2, 2008
Version 10.0 - October 23, 2008
Version 11.0 - October 9, 2009
Version 12.0 - September 14, 2010
Version 13.0 - August 29th, 2011
Version 14.0 - June 27, 2012
Version 14.1 - October 19, 2012
Version 14.2 - February 13, 2013
Version 15.0 - June 7, 2013
Version 15.1 - October 7, 2013
Version 15.2 - January 22, 2014
Version 16.0 - May 20, 2014
Version 16.1 - October 7, 2014
Version 17.0 - May 5th, 2015
Version 17.1 - October 20, 2015
Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016
Version 18.1 - October 18, 2016
What Was New in oXygen XML Editor 6.0
May the 22nd, 2005
Visual Schema Text Editor [read more...]
oXygen offers a side-by-side presentation of the schema
source and diagram. The diagram is synchronized in real time with the source editor.
Selecting an element in the diagram highlights the corresponding element in the source
editor, while moving the cursor in the source editor changes the selection in the
The schema diagram renders all the XML Schema components and
allows you to quickly navigate to the referenced definitions (elements, attributes,
types, groups, etc.)
Two types of visual diagrams are available for a schema:
The Visual Schema Editor is integrated in the oXygen
standalone distribution and the Eclipse IDE plugin. It is activated when opening an
XSD (XML Schema) file.
oXygen Compare and Merge Tools [read more...]
oXygen provides a simple means of performing file
and folder comparisons. The complete XML diff and merge solution offers directory, file,
3-way, and XML fragment comparisons, six different algorithms, and multiple levels of
XML Digital Signature and XML Canonicalization [read more...]
oXygen includes a tool for creating and checking
digital signatures for both enveloped and detached signatures. The enveloped
signatures are stored in the signed document, while the detached ones are stored in a
A digital signature is a requirement when exchanging information
on an untrusted network. Since XML is used for content storage, it is important to be
able to digitally sign the XML files or messages.
It is also possible to transform an XML document into the
canonical form, save it, and then use another signing tool if you do not have a
certificate that can be converted to the supported formats.
XML Schema Content Completion Assistant Shows Possible Values for
The content completion support based on XML Schema determines the type
of an element, and all the types that are derived from it, and presents their
qualified names (resolved in the current context) as possible values for the
Validate on Save Option
When setting this option (Preferences / Editor / Save / Check for
errors) the editor will try to validate the modified documents before they are
saved. If the document is invalid you are asked if you want to proceed saving it
or if you want to cancel the save operation.
Check for IDREFS Option for Relax NG
The check for IDREFS in Relax NG is now configurable. You can set the
parser to take into account the IDs from the document or to ignore them.
The Validation Against RelaxNG Supports XInclude
XInclude can be used to compose large documents validated against
Check for RelaxNG Valid Documents
oXygen adds an option for checking if documents can become valid
according with a Relax NG schema by completing missing markup, that is if it can
be transformed in a valid document only by adding elements and attributes
without deleting anything.
XPath Proxy/Namespace Mappings
You can define some mappings between proxies and namespaces that will
be used by the XPath evaluator.
Obtain the XPath Expression that Selects the Current Element
A Copy XPath contextual action was added to easily get the XPath
expression that selects the current element. You can paste it in the XPath
evaluator and edit it further.
An XPath filter has been added to the Find/Replace dialog box. This
allows you to perform searches or replacements only in the nodes that are
included in the XPath result. It is also possible to change the direction of the
Action for Inserting External Entities
For people who use modular DocBook the management of entity references
can become very time consuming, especially when the number of XML files is high
and even more so when they are managed in a folder structure. oXygen
provides a way of selecting the files that represent the external entities and
generate a DTD subset declaring the entities.
Conversion Between Characters and Entities
You can convert a section of text to character entities, or convert a
section composed of character entities back to text.
Format and Indent the Current Element Action
You can select an element and correct its indentation. This is useful
when you do not want to alter the indentation of other elements in the
It is possible to select the text from the editor and then drag it to
another location in the document. This is faster than using the cut and paste
This is an quick way of navigating to the changes locations in the
document and to the areas that were selected. Each time you modify the document
or you select some region of it the editor keeps track of that position. The
buttons for moving forward and backward through the history are located on the
Integrated the Saxon XSLT and XQuery Processor: Saxon 8.4
Updated DocBook Framework
oXygen includes the DocBook DTD version 4.4 and the DocBook XSL
stylesheets version 1.68.1.
Support for Saxon.NET
The Saxon.NET XSLT 2.0 processor can be used as an XSLT processor for
XSLT transformations from within oXygen.
FXSL Library is Included in Frameworks
FXSL - the Functional Programming Library for XSLT created by Dimitre
Novatchev is included in the oXygen 6.0 distribution under frameworks. This
offers you a lot of XSLT stylesheets that are ready to be imported in user
stylesheets, to give you access to a lot of additional functionality. One of the
most impressive examples is spell checking implemented in XSLT.
July the 19th, 2005
Performance Profiling of XSLT Stylesheet [read more...]
Using the XSLT profiler feature is essential to helping you to save time
identifying performance issues, ensuring that the XSLT transformation is more scalable
and performs better.
The profiling is available for the XSLT processors that are
bundled with oXygen (Saxon 6.5.5, Saxon EE, and Xalan 2.7.1). This allows you to
profile XSLT 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 stylesheets.
Automatic Detection of the XSLT Parameters
When creating a transformation scenario, the XSLT Parameters dialog box
is automatically populated with the parameters detected from the stylesheet.
XML Schema Documentation [read more...]
The oXygen XML Schema documentation
tool allows you to easily generate full documentation for the XML Schema content models,
including comprehensive diagrams, annotations, and cross references.
Easy Navigation in Schema Editors
An action, show definition, is available when editing an XML Schema or
a Relax NG schema file. By hovering the cursor over a component that references
another one, it opens the corresponding schema file and moves the cursor to the
location that defines the schema component.
In-Place Editing on Schema Diagrams
The information presented in the schema diagrams can be edited in
place. Just double-click on an element name, for instance, and you will be able
to edit it directly in the diagram.
More Options for Saving Schema Diagrams
Added the possibility to save diagram images starting from the current
selection from the schema diagram. The format for the images can be JPEG and
Relax NG Annotation Support
The content completion support was enhanced by showing the annotations
extracted from the Relax NG schema associated with the edited document. There
are presented annotations for the elements, attributes and attribute values. The
Relax NG schema for Relax NG was annotated with descriptions from Eric van
der Vlist RELAX NG book
to offer instant help when editing Relax NG
Allows editing the attributes of the current element in a table view.
It displays both the attributes previously entered in the element and the
possible attributes. Entering an attribute is as easy as double-clicking in its
value column. For attributes with enumeration values a combo box will appear in
the values column allowing to choose one of the possible values.
The XML Content Completion Assistant Can Use the Internal DTD
If the edited document does not have a reference to an XML Schema or a
DTD and contains an internal DTD, it will be used for the Content Completion
External Schema Association Based Upon the Root Element and the File
It was possible to specify an XML Schema or other type of schema to be
used for content completion assistance when the document does not explicitly
state one. The same mechanism is also used for validation. The association
between an instance and a schema may be done using rules based on root element
namespace, root element name and file name. The rules can be managed from the
Content Completion Assistant/Default option pane.
XML Element Range Marker
A line is painted in the left side of the editor showing the range of
the XML element that contains the cursor position.
The Trang Schema Conversion Tool Uses the Catalog Manager
When converting schemas that are referencing other schema parts the
schema conversion tool will also try to use the catalog to resolve those
Option to Control Catalog Manager Verbosity
When using catalogs for solving references to XML Schemas, DTDs or
other resources, it is sometimes useful to see what catalog files are parsed, if
they are valid or not, and what identifiers are resolved by the catalogs. An
option has been added in the XML Catalog option pane to control the output of
The bookmarks are now associated with the current project and are
persistent between editing sessions. They are preserved even when the edited XML
source is formatted by a format and indent operation.
Integrated the Xerces XML Parser Version 2.7.0
The latest Xerces XML parser from the Apache Foundation was integrated
Integrated the Saxon 6.5.5 Parser for XSLT 1.0
The latest Saxon XSLT 1.0 Transformer was integrated into
Integrated the Latest Import HTML Component
The NekoHTML importer version 0.9.5 from the Apache Foundation was
integrated into oXygen.
Updated the TEI Framework
oXygen now contains the latest schemas for TEI: P5 2006-10. The XSL
stylesheets were also updated to version 5.4.18.
Sign Tool Fix
It is possible to sign documents using a DSA algorithm.
Multiple Fixes on the XML Pretty-Print
Several problems regarding the preservation of whitespaces were fixed,
both for elements that specified the xml:space attribute and for elements that
contained only whitespaces.
Batch Validation in the Eclipse Plugin
The batch validation was contributed as a pop-up menu offering
validation on multiple files and validation against an external schema for
multiple files. It can be triggered, for instance, from the Navigator view and
it is applied on the current Navigator-detected files.
September the 19th, 2005
Dockable Views [read more...]
The views inside the oXygen window are dockable,
floating and hideable. They can be dragged and docked to the margin of any other
view or the margin of the main window so that they form any desired layout.
Content Completion Assistant For Element Values For Relax NG
Element values specified in the Relax NG schema are presented as
content completion proposals in documents based on that schema.
Improved Content Completion Assistance When Editing Relax NG Schema
The pattern names defined in the Relax NG schema are presented as
possible values for pattern references.
Documentation For XSLT Parameters
When configuring parameters for an XSLT transformation, oXygen will
automatically present the available stylesheet parameters, along with
information about them, extracted from the stylesheet (default value, location,
documentation, etc.) The documentation is extracted from the stylesheet and is
either a comment or an element in a foreign namespace placed just before the
parameter declaration. The TEI and DocBook stylesheets contain such
documentation making a lot easier to understand what a parameter is intended for
and to specify parameter values.
Easy Configuration of XSLT Extensions
XSLT processor extensions are added easily with an intuitive user
If you need processing functions not available in the XSLT language it is
easy to configure the jars containing their implementation: edit the list of
XSLT extensions available in Edit Scenario dialog box.
Tree View for Presenting Node Set Values [read more...]
The current context node value, or the value of variables or
XPath expressions (evaluated as a tree fragment or list of nodes) are presented in
this tree-style view, thus giving you access to the whole variable content. This is
especially useful for debugging stylesheets that keep intermediary results in
variables, such as DocBook.
Capture Multiple Outputs In The XSLT 2.0 Debugger
While executing XSLT 2.0 stylesheets the debugger will capture the
output of xsl:result-document and will display it in a view
Results of Multiple XPath Queries Available In Different Views
The results of different XPath queries performed on the same document
are presented in different views for accessing and comparing them
XPath 2.0 Enabled Schematron Support
The XPath version supported when using Schematron is configurable, both
XPath 1.0 and XPath 2.0 are supported.
The find/replace component was enhanced to support incremental searches
of text patterns: the dialog box will find matching occurrences while you are
typing in the Text to find field.
The help system is context sensitive: press F1 in any dialog box to
quickly access the relevant help section of the User Manual.
UDDI Registry Browser
Browse a UDDI (Universal Description Discovery and Integration)
registry and select the WSDL descriptor of a Web Service.
XML Refactoring - Rename Prefix
The rename prefix action offers the possibility of renaming the prefix
associated with the namespace of the current element. The action ca be performed
only in the current element or in all the document.
Specify The Editor For Opening A Document
If the type of a document included in the current project is not
associated with an editor or other editor than the default is needed for editing
that document, an editor can be selected with the action Open as available in
the Project view.
Integrated The Xerces XML Parser Version 2.7.1
The latest version of the Xerces XML parser from the Apache Software
Foundation was integrated into oXygen.
Integrated The Saxon 8.5.1 Processor For XSLT/XPath 2.0
Both the basic and the Schema Aware versions of the latest Saxon 8
XSLT/XPath 2.0 processor from Saxonica Limited (www.saxonica.com
) are supported
by oXygen. The basic version is also shipped with oXygen.
Spell Check as You Type
It was added the option to spell check the edited text on the fly
enabling instant view of spelling errors as they are introduced.