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Version 2.0 - April the 2nd, 2003
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Version 16.1 - October 7, 2014
Version 17.0 - May 5th, 2015
Version 17.1 - October 20, 2015
Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016
What Was New in oXygen XML Editor 7.0
January the 13th, 2006
There are changes in:
Continuous Validation [read more...]
oXygen can be configured to report validation errors in an
edited document as you modify it. By selecting the
Enable automatic validation option validation errors will
automatically be displayed as you type, after a configured delay.
Error Markers and Overview Ruler [read more...]
The location of errors, including those that are generated by
continuous validation, are marked in place with an underline. The error locations are
also marked in red on the right side of the editing view, in an overview ruler that
allows quick navigation between the error markers.
Support for Caching When Validating Against Schemas
By default the validate action will cache the parsed schemas. There is
also a "Reset cache and validate" action provided to allow revalidation in
development environments when the schema is changed.
Ignore the DTD for Validation if Other Schema is Specified
It is now possible to use the DTD for entities support with any schema
type (in version 6.2 this was possible only with XML Schema).
External Validation Against DTDs
It is possible to validate against a DTD even if the DTD is not
specified inside the document.
Associate DTDs for Validation Using the External Schema Association
In version 6.2 the external associated DTDs were used only for content
completion assistance. They are now also used for validation.
Support for CSS Validation [read more...]
Different CSS profiles are supported (CSS2, CSS3, etc.), as
well as different media types (for instance, 'Braille' or 'screen'). You can also
choose the verbosity level of the validation warnings.
The validation results are descriptive and in accordance with
the W3C specifications. Together with the automatic validation, spotting and fixing
errors is a simple task.
XPath-Aware Content Completion Assistant
Editing XPath expressions for the "match", "select", or "test" attributes is
not always straight forward. oXygen XSLT Editor makes this task easier by
showing the proposed list of XPath functions in the Content Completion
Assistant, all documented with sections from the W3C specifications.
If you have configured a scenario for the edited stylesheet, then the
proposal list contains also the names of the elements from the input document
that are currently accepted in the XPath expression.
Support for XPath Default Namespace
For XPath 2.0 queries the XPath default namespace can be
configured/automatically detected and used to write XPath queries.
XSLT Input Document View
This view displays the tree structure of the XML document set as input for
the current stylesheet in the associated transformation scenario.
You can create templates or other XSLT snippets by dragging the nodes from
the tree into the stylesheet. The generated XPath expressions are context aware.
Search XSLT References
This search is performed for any XSLT component that has references
(variables, functions, named templates, attribute sets, etc.) The search scope
can be the current file, the project, or all the imported/included files
starting from the current file or from a specified file.
Search XSLT Declarations
This search is performed for any XSLT component that has declarations
(variables, functions, named templates, attribute sets, etc.) The search scope
can be the current file, the project, all the imported/included files starting
from the current file or from a specified file.
Search XSLT Occurrences
This provides a quick retrieval of all the declarations and references of a
component in the current file.
Rename XSLT Occurrences
This allows renaming XSLT components such as variables, templates,
functions, etc. The user is fully in control of the changes as the modified
files are presented in a Diff view that allows inspecting all the changes that
will be done before actually performing them. The scope can be the current file,
the project, all the imported/included files starting from the current file or
from a specified file.
Create XSLT Stylesheet from Selection
The selection is placed in a new stylesheet that is then included in the
Create XSLT Template from Selection
The selection is placed in a named template and is replaced with a
call-template instruction. The variables and parameters used inside the
selection will be passed as template parameters.
Apply the Transformation Scenarios for Multiple Files in One Action
From the Project view it is possible to select multiple files and apply
their associated transformation scenarios on each one.
Apply a Specified Transformation Scenario on a Set of Files
From the Project view a set of files can be selected then a
transformation scenario will be selected and applied on each of the selected
Allow Configuring the XSLT Transformer Options Through Preferences
Processor specific options for Saxon, XSLTProc, MSXML and MSXML.NET can
be configured through the oXygen preferences.
Support the System.Xml 2.0 Transformer
The .NET 2.0 framework transformer can now be used from
Support for the Latest Version of Saxon 8
Saxon 8.6.1 from Saxonica (http://www.saxonica.com) is now
XQuery Debugging Perspective [read more...]
Save time when developing complicated XQuery expressions by
using oXygen XQuery debugger. oXygen can debug and profile expressions run
over the MarkLogic XML database, or using the Saxon EE processors.
XQuery Profiler [read more...]
You can profile your XQuery queries to identify the performance
issues using two comprehensive data views of the activated templates: an Invocation
Tree view and a Hotspots view. The profiling information can be saved to XML or HTML
Profiling is available only for the Saxon XQuery processor
which is bundled with oXygen.
Schema Components View
The schema components were moved from the schema editor in a dockable
view called the Schema Components view.
Content Completion Assistant
Support for Showing Recent Content Items [read more...]
The proposals that have previously been used are promoted at
the top of the content completion list, thus allowing for efficient re-use. For
example, when editing an XSLT stylesheet, you use a small fraction from all the set of
XSLT and HTML elements. By sorting the recently used ones to appear higher on the
list, it is easier to find them the next time you want to use them.
Handling of Namespace Prefixes
The namespace prefixes are presented first in the list of proposals for
elements, thus making editing really easy for documents that use prefixes for
Support for Learning Words [read more...]
This feature is disabled by default, but when enabled all the
words in the document are indexed as they are written. When you enter a word's prefix
and press CTRL+SPACE, words starting with that prefix are presented through the
content completion window.
Present #ID URI Fragments for anyURI Attribute
When an attribute value is of type anyURI (in both XML
Schema and Relax NG schema) oXygen will present proposals of the form #ID for
each defined ID value in the document.
Look for Type Annotations if the Elements or Attributes Don't Have
When editing documents against an XML Schema oXygen will look as
deep as needed in the type hierarchy for an element type or an attribute type if
the respective element or attribute do not have an annotation and will present the
first encountered annotation next to the content completion proposal.
The Content Completion Assistant Displays Element Values When Using a Relax
The element values support in the Content Completion Assistant was
extended to work also when the document is edited against a Relax NG
Support for Presenting the xsi:nil Attribute for Nillable
If an element is defined as nillable in the associated XML Schema,
oXygen offers the xsi:nill attribute through the Content
Completion Assistant for possible attributes for that element.
Dockable Editors [read more...]
Not only the views can be moved around the interface but also
the editors can be arranged as you need inside the editing area.
Additionally, each editor can be split horizontally or
vertically. Splitting an editor allows you to copy or move text and markup between two
sections of the same document.
Split Editor in Two
It is possible to have two editors on the same file side by side so you
can edit a different location in a file while looking at some other location in
the same file in the other editor.
The Find Dialog is not Modal
The Find dialog now allows going to the editor while it is still open
and then allows resuming the search.
Configurable GUI Fonts
It is possible to specify the fonts to be used not only for editor but
also for GUI text components and for the other GUI components. This allows having
a user-friendly and accessible application even on configurations with a very
large DPI setting.
All the Result Views Allow Both Table and Tree Layouts
The information presented in the Results view (for instance, the errors
after a validation action) can be presented either in a table layout or in a tree
layout that groups the messages by system ID. Also support for removing the
selected items or all the items in a view is provided.
Close Icons for the Editor Tabs
Editor tabs can be easily closed not only with a middle click but also
using the X close icon that appears in each editor tab.
The folding is now based on curly brackets.
Allow Different Element Colors Depending on XML Prefix
This allows, for instance, to have the XSLT elements in a different color
than the result elements, or the XML Schema elements different from the elements
used inside annotations.
Automatic Insertion of Ending Quotes or Apostrophes
If a starting quote or apostrophe is entered the ending quote,
respectively apostrophe is automatically inserted.
Information View [read more...]
Shows some messages with what happens behind the scenes (for
instance, when a validation is performed it informs you of what file was validated and
what schema it was validated against).
Open a File with a User-Specified Editor
No matter what editor a file is associated to it can be opened with a
specified oXygen editor using the Project view contextual "Open As"
Spell-Checking Corrections on a Misspelled Word
When a word is identified as misspelled by the spelling as-you-type
support and is highlighted on the screen, the possible correct replacements of
that word are displayed on the contextual menu.
XInclude Shorthand Pointers
Support xml:id to define XInclude shorthand pointers for included
document fragments that do not use DTDs.
More Select Actions on the Contextual Menu
Two more select actions were added: select parent and select
Support for Floating License over Internet (not only on a Local
There is available a license server that can be installed. The floating
license keys can be dropped there and the applications can be directed to the
license server to get a license from.
Support for Custom Protocol Plugin
It is possible to write a plugin for handling a custom protocol. For
instance, you can have a plugin to handle the CVS protocol, thus providing support
in oXygen to access files on a CVS server.
March the 2nd, 2006
There are changes in:
Support for Native XML Databases
eXist Support [read more...]
The support for eXist database includes:
multiple server connections, XQuery execution, resource management and editing. A more
detailed explanation can be found in the following tutorial. oXygen supports eXist
database server versions 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5.
Performance Improvement for Spell Checking
The spell checking works faster for long documents and for documents
that have very long lines (thousands of characters).
Optimized the Document Loading Time
Large documents are now loaded up to four times faster.
XML Format (Pretty-Print) Preserves Empty Lines
Content authors often use empty lines to make their XML documents more
readable. An option that controls the preservation of the empty lines has been
added. It is enabled by default.
XML Format (Pretty-Print) Preserves the Original Value of the
An option (enabled by default) controls if the Pretty-Print operation
should preserve the original value of the attributes as they were before the
operation in the XML source. When this option is disabled the value will be
CSS Format (Pretty-Print) Options
Styles from the CSS files can be formatted by indenting the content.
Also the style blocks can optionally be separated using new lines.
Graphical User Interface
Available from the Tools menu, this dialog allows you to select any
Unicode character. The selected character may be inserted in the document either
directly or as character entity.
Check Spelling Menu
By enabling the "Automatic spell check" option from the
"Editor/Spelling" the spelling errors from the document are highlighted during
typing. The contextual menu on a highlighted word offers a list of correction
Different Markers for Errors and Warnings
The errors and warnings presented in the vertical ruler have different
colors, the warnings are presented in yellow, while the errors in
Tooltips for Error Highlights
When moving the cursor over an error highlight in the XML source, a
tooltip with the error description will be displayed.
Annotation Tooltips for the XML Attributes
If you place the cursor over an attribute, the application will display
a tooltip containing the annotation defined for that attribute in the associated
Quick Find Toolbar
This allows an easy-to-use and ergonomic search in the current
document. It can be triggered with a shortcut, by default CTRL+ALT+F and can be
closed by using the Escape key. Being only a toolbar (not a dialog) saves your
Replace All Button in the Find Dialog
Besides the Replace to end action, now there is also a
Replace all action available.
Search in Files Option: Re-Curse Subdirectories
You can search in a directory structure, either recursive through all
subdirectories or only in that directory.
Options Dialog is More Compact
Some sections in the Options dialog have been redesigned.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating Through the List of Errors or Find
You can select the next/previous error/result by using CTRL+Period(.)
or CTRL+Comma(,) shortcuts.
Different Colors for XML Prefixes
You can define colors for the tags starting with a certain prefix. More
than that, you can choose only the prefix to be colored differently, the name of
the element being colored with the default element color.
Improved the Look on the Mac OS X Platform
The tab labels of the dockable views/editors now have the Aqua
XSLT / XPath
XPath Builder View [read more...]
This view allows you to edit multi-line, complex expressions
and assists you with features such as the Content Completion Assistant, syntax
highlight, automatic validation, and documentation of the currently edited item. The
executed expressions are stored in a history list and they can be re-used as necessary
from the Content Completion Assistant.
Support for Custom XSLT Processors
Along with the bundled XSLT processors, it is possible to configure
other XSLT processors, such as Sablotron, Transformiix, XT, Oracle XSLT. See the
Options dialog, section "XSLT/XQuery/FO/XSLT/Custom engines".
Option for Filtering the Proposals Offered by XPath Content Completion
For instance, you can define that node axes should appear in the
content completion window, but not the XSLT functions. This is the case when
editing, for instance, an XPath expression in a stylesheet's "match"/"select"
attribute or when directly editing an expression in the XPath toolbar. You can
also inhibit all the XPath proposals.
Updated Saxon8B from Saxonica to Version 8.7
Saxon 8B XSLT processor has been updated to the latest version: 8.7 .
oXygen supports also the Saxon8SA 8.7 (that requires a separate license from
Updated Xerces to Version 2.8.0
The Xerces parser has been updated to the latest version.
Updated XMLSec to Version 1.3
The package allowing the XML document signing and signature check has
June the 6th, 2006
There are changes in:
Subversion (SVN) Client [read more...]
oXygen XML Editor makes easier the document sharing between content authors by
including an Apache SubversionTM (SVN) client. The SVN client allows you to
browse repositories, check for changes, commit changes, update your working copy and
examine the revision history.
XML Schema Regular Expressions Builder [read more...]
The Regular Expressions Builder helps you construct and test
regular expressions that are allowed in XML Schema restriction patterns.
oXygen provides a set of regular expression patterns
organized in categories, and a test area for checking the instances accepted by the
expression. The Content Completion Assistant provides an additional level of support
when editing in the regular expressions editor.
Flatten an XML Schema [read more...]
Sometimes it is useful to aggregate the set of files that
compose an XML Schema into a single file. The Flatten Schema refactoring action allows
you to make this change. The action also handles xs:redefine elements
by assigning a unique name to each redefined type or group.
Rename Component Schema Refactoring Action [read more...]
This action allows you to rename any schema component (element,
type, group, named pattern, etc.) The scope can be set to the current file, all the
files in project, or the set of files determined by include/import instructions
staring with a specified file.
Show the Diagram of the Selected Schema Component
The action "Show only the selected component" is available in the
schema diagram panel for both XML Schema and Relax NG. When enabled the diagram
will show the current component that contains the caret instead of showing the
whole schema diagram. This allows to easily focus on the diagram for the current
component and not to be distracted by the other schema components
Editing Actions on XML Schema and Relax NG Schema Diagrams
Editing actions are available in the contextual menu of the Full Model
diagram view, allowing the addition of new elements. The attributes of the
selected diagram component can be also edited in a table that is displayed on
Show Definition Action for Elements in XML Documents
The action "Show Definition" opens the schema associated to the edited
XML document and moves the caret to the definition of the selected element. The
support is available for the following associated schemas: XML Schema, Relax NG
The Content Completion Assistant on XML Schema Displays Schematron
To facilitate the editing of XML Schema documents that contain
Schematron embedded rules the XML Schema editor offers through content completion
elements and attributes allowed by the Schematron 1.5 schema.
Default Schema Association Supports NRL
The default schema association supports not NRL, thus it is possible to
have an external (not inside the document) association between a document an NRL
Content Completion Assistant Based on NRL Schemas
The Content Completion Assistant is able to use an NRL schema to offer
proposals. This makes it possible to edit documents with complex structures that
contain multiple languages defined by different schemas (for instance, XHTML with
Extract Attribute as xsl:attribute Instruction
With this refactoring action you can select a result element from an
XSLT stylesheet and replace all of its attributes with
XQuery Documentation [read more...]
oXygen integrates the xqDoc tool to
generate HTML documentation for XQuery files with just a few clicks. It accepts one or
more XQuery files as input and the namespace functions are configurable.
Improvements in XQuery Content Completion Assistant
More XQuery keywords are presented in the content completion list
depending on the current editing context.
HTML Documentation For XML Schema
The schema diagram images generated in the HTML documentation of an XML
Schema contain clickable areas, linked to the definitions of the selected type or
Easier Navigation Between Schema Definitions
The documentation of a definition includes a "Used By" section with
links to the other definitions that reference it. Navigation is possible in both
directions between a schema and the included/imported ones.
You can specify the path to a custom CSS file to be used in the
generated HTML documentation.
Include Annotations of Local Elements and Attributes
Include the annotations of the elements and attributes defined locally
inside global definition.
Configurable Extensions for Each Transformation
The Java classes and jars which can be configured as extensions for an
XSLT/XQuery transformation are loaded when the transformation is performed and
released when the transformation is finished. A change in an extension does not
require restarting oXygen.
Support for XSLT and XQuery Custom Engines
Custom engines for running XSLT transformations and XQuery
transformations can be configured in Preferences.
XSLT Validation Using Microsoft Transformers (MSXML 4.0 and .NET)
Beside the transformation support, the stylesheets can be validated
with MSXML 4.0 and .NET transformers, so you can easily check if your stylesheets
are valid and compatible with Internet Explorer or other Microsoft
WSDL Documentation [read more...]
The oXygen WSDL Documentation tool
allows you to easily generate full documentation for the WSDL components in HTML format,
including comprehensive annotations and cross references. You can generate a brief
documentation listing the services, bindings, port types, and messages defined in the
Pretty-Print Option for Preserving Text Nodes
An option for the Format and Indent action was added, allowing the
preservation of the text nodes values.
XPath Expressions Allowed in Pretty-Print Lists of Elements
The "Preserve space elements" and "Strip space elements" lists in
Pretty-Print preferences allow entering XPath-like expressions. The expressions
must be simple node tests, with no predicates.
Use XML Catalogs When Evaluating XPath Expressions
The XML Catalogs are used when the XPath expressions are evaluated in
the XPath toolbar and in the XPath Builder.
Allow Both Show Filters and Hide Filters in the Project View
The files and folders listed in the Project tree can be filtered by
specifying patterns for both files which should be displayed and files which
should be hidden.
The scratch buffer editor can be used as temporary storage and as
editable clipboard for copy-and-paste operations.
Policy for Encoding Errors
The policy for handling characters which cannot be represented in the
declared encoding for an XML document is now configurable. You can choose to
replace them with a default character, report the error or simply ignore them. By
default oXygen will report the error.
UTF-8 Encoding for Connections with the FTP Server
The built-in FTP client supports the UTF-8 encoding for communicating
with the server. If the server supports UTF-8 then the client will use
Search Filter in the Preferences Dialog
A search filter is available in the Preferences dialog for displaying
only the preferences panels containing the matched words.
Dynamic Help View
The help content is available in a dockable view called Dynamic Help.
This changes its content automatically to the relevant help page for the focused
editor, view, or dialog.
Configurable Background Color for Each Type of Token
The syntax highlight scheme for each type of document allows you to
configure the background color for the tokens.
Updated Saxon8B from Saxonica to version 8.7.1
Saxon 8B XSLT processor has been updated to the latest version: 8.7.1.
oXygen supports also the Saxon8SA 8.7.1 (that requires a separate license from
Included XHTML 1.1 DTD and XML Schema
The DTD and XML Schema schemas for working with XHTML 1.1 documents are
shipped with oXygen.
Updated DocBook XSL stylesheets to version 1.70.1
The DocBook XSL stylesheets have been updated to the latest version: