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    Version 1.0 - April the 15th, 2002
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    Version 2.0 - April the 2nd, 2003
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    Version 3.0 - January the 14th, 2004
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    Version 6.0 - May the 22nd, 2005
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    Version 7.0 - January the 13th, 2006
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    Version 8.0 - November 20th, 2006
    Version 8.1 - January 25th, 2007
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    Version 9.0 - November 2nd, 2007
    Version 9.1 - December 18, 2007
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    Version 10.0 - October 23, 2008
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    Version 11.0 - October 9, 2009
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    Version 12.0 - September 14, 2010
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    Version 13.0 - August 29th, 2011
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    Version 14.0 - June 27, 2012
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    Version 15.0 - June 7, 2013
    Version 15.1 - October 7, 2013
    Version 15.2 - January 22, 2014
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    Version 16.0 - May 20, 2014
    Version 16.1 - October 7, 2014
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    Version 17.0 - May 5th, 2015
    Version 17.1 - October 20, 2015
  • 2016

    Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016
    Version 18.1 - October 18, 2016

What Was New in oXygen XML Editor 7.0

Related Versions:

Version: 7.0

January the 13th, 2006

There are changes in:


Continuous Validation   [read more...]

oXygen can be configured to continuously 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 configurable 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 you to quickly navigate between the errors.

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.

Multiple External Validation Engines   [read more...]

oXygen has built-in support for various external validation engines, including Xerces, LIBXML, XSV, Saxon SA, MSXML4.0, MSXML .NET and SQC.

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 Rules

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...]

Various CSS profiles are supported (CSS2, CSS3, etc.), as well as various 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. Along with the automatic validation feature, spotting and fixing errors in the oXygen CSS editor 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.

XPath Execution in the Context of the Current Element   [read more...]

The XPath expressions are evaluated from the context of the current element, thus relative expressions can be evaluated in various contexts.


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 current stylesheet.

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 files.

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 oXygen.

Support for the Latest Version of Saxon 8

Saxon 8.6.1 from Saxonica (http://www.saxonica.com) is now supported.


XQuery Debugging Perspective   [read more...]

Save time when developing complicated XQuery expressions by using the oXygen XQuery debugger. oXygen can debug and profile expressions run over MarkLogic or Berkeley XML databases, or using the Saxon EE processors.

XQuery Profiler   [read more...]

You can profile your XQuery queries to identify the performance issues by 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 formats.

Profiling is available only for the Saxon XQuery processor that is bundled with oXygen.

Schema Editors

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 the entire set of XSLT and HTML elements. By sorting the recently used proposals to appear at the top of the list, it makes it 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 elements.

Present #ID URI Fragments for anyURI Attribute Values

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 Annotations

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 NG Schema

The element values support in the Content Completion Assistant was extended to work also when the document is edited against a Relax NG schema.

Support for Presenting the xsi:nil Attribute for Nillable Elements

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.

Improved CSS Content Completion Assistance   [read more...]

The Content Completion Assistant provides property values associated with the property name. All the property names are annotated with descriptions from the CSS specification.


Dockable Editors   [read more...]

Not only can the views be moved around the interface but the editors can also be arranged inside the overall editing area.

Additionally, each editor can be split horizontally or vertically. Splitting an editor allows you to easily 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 Box is not Modal

The Find dialog box 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.

Folding Support for JavaScript and CSS

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.

Image Preview View   [read more...]

Images can be viewed in an image preview panel. It supports GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP and SVG images.

Information View   [read more...]

The Information view shows messages for what happens behind the scenes (for instance, when a validation is performed, it informs you of what file was validated and the schema it was validated against).

Properties View   [read more...]

The Properties view shows information about the current editor (file name, encoding, number of characters, indent size, etc.)

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" action.

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 attributes.

Support for Floating License over Internet (not only on a Local Network)

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.

Version: 7.1

March the 2nd, 2006

There are changes in:

Support for Native XML Databases

Support for Berkeley DB XML   [read more...]

The support for Berkeley DB XML includes resource management, resource editing, and XQuery. See configuration details.

eXist Support   [read more...]

The support for eXist database includes multiple server connections, XQuery execution, resource management, and editing. 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/CSS Pretty-Print

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 Attributes

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 normalized.

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

Character Map

Available from the Tools menu, this dialog box 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 proposals.

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 red.

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 document schema.

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 box) saves your working space.

Replace All Button in the Find Dialog Box

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 box have been redesigned.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating Through the List of Errors or Find Results

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 style.

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 box, section "XSLT/XQuery/FO/XSLT/Custom engines".

Option for Filtering the Proposals Offered by XPath Content Completion Assistant

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.

Component Updates

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 Saxonica).

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 been updated.

Version: 7.2

June the 6th, 2006

There are changes in:

SVN Client

Subversion (SVN) Client   [read more...]

oXygen XML Editor simplifies 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.

Schema Support

XML Instance Generator   [read more...]

oXygen XML instance generator can quickly generate a large set of XML document samples based on a given XML Schema (version 1.0 or 1.1).

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 do this. 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 starting with a specified file.

Find References and Declarations of XML Schema Components   [read more...]

You can find declarations or references of XML Schema components. The search scope can be the current file, the current project, or a group of files.

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 cursor 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 diagram.

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 double-click.

Show Definition Action for Elements in XML Documents

The action "Show Definition" opens the schema associated to the edited XML document and moves the cursor to the definition of the selected element. The support is available for the following associated schemas: XML Schema, Relax NG and DTD.

The Content Completion Assistant on XML Schema Displays Schematron Information

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 schema.

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 embedded XForms).

XSLT Refactoring

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 xsl:attribute instructions.

XQuery Editor

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.

Support for Documentum xDB (X-Hive/DB) XML Database   [read more...]

The support for Documentum xDB (X-Hive/DB) XML Database includes multiple server connections, resource management, and resource editing. See configuration details.

MarkLogic SupportAvailable only in the Enterprise edition   [read more...]

The support for MarkLogic XML database includes multiple server connections, XQuery execution and debugging, resource management, and editing through WebDAV.

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

Clickable Images

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 element.

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.

CSS File

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.

XSLT/XQuery Transformations

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 tools.


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 WSDL documents.

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.

Scratch Buffer

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 it.

Search Filter in the Preferences Dialog Box

A search filter is available in the Preferences dialog box 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 box.

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.

Component Updates

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 Saxonica).

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: 1.70.1.