What's New in oXygen XML Developer 18.1
Related Versions: 18.018.1
October 18, 2016
oXygen XML Developer version 18.1 is a maintenance release that focuses on
performance and usability improvements, it also adds a variety of powerful new
features, making it similar to a major release.
A new Markdown editor allows you to easily write, preview, and convert Markdown
content into HTML or DITA. oXygen is also able to validate Markdown documents
and transform them in the publishing stage.
Checking for and merging changes is made easier with the new 3-way directories
comparison tool and the addition of more syntax-aware diff algorithms.
The responsive WebHelp received numerous updates, including new skins, support for
expanding/collapsing components (sections, tables, etc.), automatic image scaling,
support for DITA 1.3-specific context sensitive help information, and control over
what is indexed for searches.
Content completion for XPath and XQuery was improved with new proposals from XPath
3.0 and XQuery 3.0 specifications.
The add-on that provides support for working with Saxon 9.7 was updated to provide
an action to obtain a compiled stylesheet that can be used with the new Saxon-JS
As usual, oXygen also added many new API and component updates for this
There are changes in:
New Markdown Editor
oXygen now includes a built-in Markdown editor that allows you to
write and edit documents using Markdown and then converts the syntax to HTML or
DITA. The specialized multi-pane editor includes a preview panel to help you
visualize the final output. The editor includes a variety of helpful actions,
automatic validation, syntax highlighting to make it easier to read and write,
and specialized syntax rules that combine popular features from several
Convert Markdown Documents to DITA Topics
The Markdown editing support includes unique features that allow you to
create Markdown documents directly in DITA maps (from the DITA Maps Manager) and
the transformation process will convert them the same as other DITA topics. You
can also use a new action (in the DITA Maps Manager) to manually convert
Markdown documents to DITA topics.
Directory Comparison: Support for Three-Way Directory Comparison
A new feature was added that allows you to perform three-way
comparisons on directories to help you identify and merge changes between
multiple modifications of the same directory structure. It is especially helpful
for teams that have multiple authors contributing documents to the same
directory system. It offers information about conflicts and changes, and
includes actions to easily merge, accept, overwrite, or ignore changes to the
File Comparison: More Accurate Second Level Comparisons on XML Nodes
When using the XML Fast
algorithms for two-way or three-way comparisons, the
second level comparison is now processed using a syntax-aware comparison
that splits the files or
fragments into sequences of tokens and computes the differences between them. This
results in a more accurate second level comparison.
File Comparison: Improvements to the Format and Indent Action
The Format and Indent action in the File Comparison
tool now works on more file types. You can now use the action on the following
types of files: XQuery, CSS,
XSD, RNG, NVDL,
XML, ANT, DITAMap,
WSDL, SVG, Schematron,
XProc, XSL, and
Improved Content Completion Configuration Support
oXygen allows you to set a configuration file to control the content completion proposals
for elements presented in
the Content Completion Assistant. Now, you can identify more precisely the
elements you want to control, by being able to set conditions that include
attributes and attribute values.
Improved Content Completion for XPath and XQuery
The Content Completion Assistant for XPath and XQuery was updated to
take into account the latest additions in XPath 3.0 and XQuery 3.0. For example,
new functions are now offered through content completion, such as
namespace-node, and processing-instruction
- just to name a few.
New Skins Added to the WebHelp Responsive System
Some creative new skins were added to the WebHelp Responsive system for
both tree and tile variants of the templates.
For example, there are new skins called Aqua Marine,
Ashes, Hightech, and Sky that were added to the
growing list of predefined skins.
Added Expand/Collapse Functionality in the WebHelp Responsive Output
The HTML content generated for the DITA sections, tables, topics, or
other components is now collapsible or expandable, allowing you to easily
navigate through the DITA topic content.
XSLT Extension Points for the DITA-OT WebHelp Plugin
The DITA-OT WebHelp plugin exposes two XSLT extension points
that allow you to override the XSLT stylesheets
that generates the WebHelp HTML pages. This allows you to customize the WebHelp
output without changing the resources within the WebHelp plugin.
Context Sensitive WebHelp was Updated for DITA 1.3
The Context Sensitive WebHelp system was updated to support the new
changes from DITA 1.3 specifications. For example, you can now associate a topic
with an application by using the @appid and
@appname attributes available on the
New Template Components Were Added for WebHelp Responsive DITA Output
The WebHelp Responsive template mechanism received two new components.
One for related links
and another for child links
. This improvement allows you to hide or move these
components anywhere in the layout.
Exclude Content from the WebHelp Search Indexer
The WebHelp Search Indexer can now be customized to exclude topics from the indexing process
through various methods. You
can do so by using a WebHelp transformation parameter or in the DITA map by
setting the @search
attribute to "no".
Images are Automatically Scaled in WebHelp Responsive Output
Improvements were made to image rendering in the output of WebHelp
Responsive layouts. The width of images in topic pages now automatically adapt
to the size of the screen.
A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here
Start File Comparison Tool in 3-Way Mode
Start 3-Way Directory Comparison Merge Tool
The new StandalonePluginWorkspace.openMergeApplication
method allows you to open a
application for comparing directories in a three-way mode. It
helps you identify and merge changes between multiple modifications of the same directory
Control Titles Computation in the DITA Maps Manager
Retrieve an Icon to be Displayed for a File Type
interface allows you to load an image
from a specified URL or to retrieve an icon for a particular URL file type that
can be used in your custom local or remote resources explorer
Provide Set of Attributes Defined on Each Key
The KeyDefinitionInfo.setAttribute(String, String)
API method allows the key
definition manager implementer to also provide the set of attributes which were defined on
a key definition, set of attributes which may be used by the application to filter the
list of proposed keys in various ways.
Listener for Replace All in Files Operations
API method can be used to add a
listener for Replace All in Files
operations in standalone distributions
of oXygen. The listener is notified when the operation starts, before and after each
resource is modified and after the operation ends and can be used by CMS plugin
implementers to automatically lock/unlock resources.
Internationalization Support for Plugins
If a plugin has an i18n
folder with a specific
configuration file containing translations in various
languages, the StandalonePluginWorkspace.getResourceBundle()
API method provides access to
translations of messages in the current language set in the application.
Create Editing Component to Use in Your Own Custom Container
Filter Drop-Down Menu Items in Eclipse
Import Custom Options File While Resetting All Other Options
Customize Actions in the Review View
Customize Contextual Menu for the Outline View
Customize Contextual Menu of the Breadcrumb
Register Custom Editor Variables
Filter Attributes in Insert Reference and Edit Properties Dialog
A new method, AuthorAttributesDisplayFilter.shouldFilterAttribute(CIElement, String, int)
a new value, SOURCE_INSERT_REFERENCE
, were added to the
API to allow for the filtering of
attributes in the Insert Reference
dialog box. The
value was also added to allow you to filter
attributes in the Edit Properties
Execute a Command Line Operation
Customize Attributes in Edit Properties and Insert Reference Dialog
Create Custom Form Controls Based on JavaFX
You can now use JavaFX components in your custom form controls. The new
parameter implements the ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.editor.InplaceHeavyEditor
allows for more complex form controls (such as JavaFX-based form
Saxon 9.7 Add-on Includes an Action to Compile Stylesheets
The Saxon 9.7 add-on includes an action on the toolbar that allows you
to compile stylesheets and it can then be used with the new
XSLT 3.0 support in web browsers.
Debugging Output Views Are Now Dockable
The output views in the Debugger are now dockable to
allow for a more convenient debugging experience. For example, you can now move
certain views to a second screen so that the main debugging area is not as
crowded and more information can be displayed.
Japanese Content Now Supported in Open/Find Resource Mechanism
The Open/Find Resource mechanism now supports Japanese
content and other languages. You can specify the content language in the
Open/Find Resource preferences page and the search engine
will use stop words and analyzers tuned for that specific
Support Added for BITS Documents
Support was added for BITS (Book Interchange Tag Suite) documents in
the JATS (NISO Journal Article Tag Suite) framework. This includes an
NLM Book 2.0 new document template and BITS 2.0 XSD
Improvements to the XLIFF Editing Experience
Various improvements have been added for editing XLIFF documents. For
example, in Author mode you can now select between different styles
to see various views of the XLIFF documents. Also, oXygen now supports
setting the @approved attribute on trans-unit
elements to make it easier to proofread translations directly in
New Shortcuts to Move XML Nodes Up or Down in Text Mode
New shortcuts were added to move XML elements or XSLT variables up or
down in Text mode. Ctrl + Alt + Up
(Command + Alt + Up on OS X) moves the node
up one line while Ctrl + Alt + Down
(Command + Alt + Down on OS X) moves the
node down one line.
Use Saxon XSLT Java Extensions When Validating XML Documents Against
Now you can use Java extensions when validating Schematron, XSD/RNG
with embedded Schematron, XML documents against Schematron, or XML documents
against XSD/RNG with embedded Schematron. When creating a validation unit, the
extensions can be added by using a new Extensions
Saxon Add-on Updated to 184.108.40.206
The Saxon 9.7 add-on now comes bundled with version
The Eclipse plugin version of oXygen works now also with Eclipse
DITA For Publishers Plugins Updated to 1.0.0RC25
The DITA For Publishers Open Toolkit plugins (used to generate EPUB
output and convert MS Word documents to DITA) have been updated to version
DITA OT 2.3.3
oXygen now comes bundled with DITA OT version 2.3.3.
Rhino Library Updated to 220.127.116.11
The Mozilla Rhino library was updated to version 18.104.22.168.
The bundled Calabash XProc engine has been updated to version