What's new in oXygen XML Author 16.1
October 7, 2014
Version 16.1 of oXygen XML Author
makes the Quick Fixes functionality available in the Author visual editing mode,
thus actions such as adding a missing attribute or deleting an unexpected element
are offered to the user to solve validation issues.
The XML authoring
mode received a number of improvements to the table support, track changes
functionality, generic editing, as well as to the DITA specific actions.
Eclipse plugin version of oXygen XML Author was updated to support Eclipse 4.4,
the SVN support was updated to work with Apache Subversion 1.8, and many component
libraries were updated to their latest stable versions.
There are changes in:
XML Quick Fixes
The Quick Fix support helps you resolve different errors that appear in
an XML document by proposing automatic fixes for common problems like missing
required attributes or invalid elements. This feature is only available for XML
documents validated against an XML Schema.
Display Annotations Using HTML
You can use HTML styling in the annotations you add in an XML Schema or
Relax NG schema. This improves the visual appearance and readability of the
documentation and tooltip windows displayed when editing XML documents validated
against such a schema.
Execute XPath Expressions Over Files Inside Archives
XPath expressions can now be executed over files inside archives
(including EPUB and Docx). The archive can be open in the Archive Browser view or
referred from the currently selected scope.
Improved External Validation Engines Error Reporting
The recognized format of messages received from an external validation
engine now supports new parameters that allow more accurate highlighting of the
place in the XML content where the error is located.
CSS Minification Tool
oXygen now offers a minification tool that allows you to compress
and minimize the CSS stylesheets you are developing for deployment on a web
XSLT Outline Displays xsl:key and
The Outline view collects and displays information about the
xsl:key and xsl:output components when you are
editing an XSLT document.
Improved Documentation for XSLT Components
The documentation for XSLT components (elements, attributes and
functions) has been reviewed and improved. The documentation is now displayed
using a more readable HTML format with navigation links to the
SharePoint Browser View
The SharePoint Browser has been promoted as a dedicated view, allowing
you to interact with SharePoint repositories through a set of specific
Visual XML Editing
Track Surround Changes
If Change Tracking support is enabled, all content surround operations
are marked as changes.
Rectangular Selection in Tables
You can now select rectangular blocks of cells in tables. You can then
use this selection to edit properties or delete the content of the selected
Show Location Tooltip on Mouse Move
When editing XML documents in a visual environment you might find it
difficult to position the caret between certain tags that do not have a visual
representation. To help you, oXygen displays a semi-transparent preview of the
Position Information Tooltip when hovering between two elements.
New media Rules for Windows High Contrast Themes
Two application-specific media rules allow you to add
specific styles for white-background and black-background high contrast Windows
themes when editing in the Author visual editing mode.
Paste as Text Action
The Paste as Text action pastes the clipboard content,
ignoring any structure or styling markup.
Insert Symbols in a Form Control
You can use the Characters Map Dialog to insert symbols in embedded
The width Property is Available for a Number of Form
The width property is now supported by the text field,
text area, URL chooser, date picker, combo box and pop-up form controls. You can
specify the width of any of these form controls by setting them to absolute,
relative or percentage values to achieve a better looking final
Enable Button Form Controls in Read-Only Context
You can use the enableReadOnlyContext to enable
buttons or groups of buttons in read-only contexts. This allows you, for example,
to execute an utility action that does not modify the context.
WebHelp Pages Use HTML5 Elements
WebHelp pages generated by the oXygen transformations from DITA XML
and DocBook XML content start with a HTML5 DOCTYPE declaration. A video from a
source XML document is translated to the HTML5 video
Option to Batch Validate Referenced DITA Resources
An option in the Validate and Check for Completeness
action allows you to batch validate DITA files referenced in the DITA map. This
means that DITA files can be validated using schemas from the associated
Easier Way to Perform a Conref Push
The Insert Content Reference dialog now provides an easier way to mark
or replace referred content.
Reorganized DITA Maps Manager Contextual Menu
The DITA Maps Manager view now offers a simplified and more ergonomic
Navref Element Support
The DITA Maps Manager view provides a dedicated action for inserting
navref elements, plus a specific icon for rendering them in the
DITA Map tree.
Action to Insert New Topic in a DITA Map Edited in Author Mode
When editing DITA Maps in Author mode, an action is available to create
and insert a new topic at the caret position.
Support for Eclipse 4.4
The oXygen XML Eclipse plugin now officially supports Eclipse 4.4.
Deprecated Support for Eclipse 3.4 and 3.5
Note that this is the last version of oXygen which supports Eclipse
3.4 and 3.5. Support for these older versions will be removed starting with the
next version of oXygen.
Editor Variables to Find the Framework's Location
Two additional editor variables (framework(fr_name)
and frameworkDir(fr_name)) allow you to find the location of a
particular framework, both as URL and file path.
Single Sign-on Authentication
oXygen now supports single sign-on authentication based on the
Kerberos protocol by enabling a custom system property.
Ant Quick Fixes
Added Quick Fix support for missing target references in Ant build
Configurable Stop Words List
To improve search performance, the indexing process skips some common
short English words (so-called stop words). However, you can configure this list
of words to adapt it to your authoring team's needs.
Improved Search Results
Keywords found in DITA and DocBook titles are promoted higher in the
search result list, thus increasing the chance of finding a relevant topic much
High Contrast Themes Inheritance
On Windows operating systems, oXygen inherits colors set in the
high contrast themes.
Allow Filtering by Unicode Blocks
The Character Map dialog now allows you to view all characters
available in a certain Unicode block range for a specific font.
Improved Modularization Support for ISO Schematron Schema
Improved the inclusion mechanism when working with ISO Schematron
modules by adding support for iso:extends element. This element
allows you to include all the components defined in a Schematron schema (like
patterns or phases) as opposed to the standard inclusion mechanism defined in ISO
Schematron (iso:include element) that allows you to include the root element of
the included Schematron module.
Support for Subversion 1.8
oXygen now supports Subversion 1.8 working copies and also SVN 1.8
FSFS-backed repositories accessed through the file:// protocol.
Starting with this version, SVN 1.6 and older working copies are no longer
supported, unless using an older version of Syncro SVN Client.
Improved Merge Support
The Merge support has been improved with ease-of-use in mind, bringing a
more user-friendly and less error-prone interface. Also, it supports additional
Merge options and it is more compliant with the "svn merge"
Improvements and Bug Fixes
oXygen comes with various improvements and bug fixes regarding
external items, memory management, operations performance, and the user
The Saxon XSLT, XQuery and XML Schema processor from Saxonica has been
updated to version 126.96.36.199.
DITA OT 1.8.5
The DITA Open Toolkit has been updated to version 1.8.5.
Updated TEI Schemas and Stylesheets
The TEI schema has been updated to version 2.7.0 and TEI XSL
stylesheets to version 7.24.0.
The bundled Calabash XProc engine has been updated to version
HTTP Client 4.3.3
The Apache HTTP Client libraries have been updated to version
Plugins Can Generically Refer Multiple Libraries Located in the Same
The librariesFolder element in the
plugin.xml can now be used to point to multiple libraries located
in the specified folder.
Custom Editor Variables Expander
Move Element Operation
allows you to build a custom
framework-level action to handle moving elements from one context to
Operation to Set or Delete Multiple Pseudo Class Values of Nodes Identified
by XPath Expressions
operation allows you to
set multiple pseudo class values to nodes identified by an XPath expression and to
remove multiple values from nodes identified by an XPath expression.
Method for Creating an Author Toolbar
Method to Insert an XML Fragment in Text Mode
Interface for Managing a Color Theme
interface provides more information
about the color theme currently used by oXygen. It also provides an image
color inverter utility class.
Method to Reject the Switch Between Editing Modes
Custom Form Control API for Callbacks From the Character Map Dialog.
Dynamic Width for Form Controls
Method to Get the XPath Expression of a Node Identified by its Offset
Method for Delaying the Process of Setting Values to Form Controls
Method to Refresh the Content of a Form Control
method allows you to
synchronize the content of a form control when the document is modified from a
source other than the form control.