Change Tracking and Review
Change tracking is a way to keep a
history of the changes made to a document. When change tracking is enabled, inserted and
deleted content is highlighted in the document, allowing you to easily identify the
affected regions. Tracked changes can be rendered in callouts (balloons), displayed at the
side of the document, with connecting lines pointing to the changed content.
oXygen also has some advanced change tracking features. It keeps a record of the
changes made to attribute values and element breaks (splits), and also renders changes
from re-used content (such as DITA content reference, XIncluded modules, or external
Multiple Authors Support
oXygen supports changes from multiple authors, rendering each
author's changes with different colors.
For each change, oXygen stores the author and the date when
that change was performed. The name of the author who is currently making changes and
the colors can be customized from the Callouts preferences page (Options / Preferences /
Editor / Edit modes / Author / Review / Callouts). You can also add comments to the
In the screenshot you can see how various insert and delete
changes, made by various authors, are displayed (note that the option to display changes
as callouts is on).
You can review the changes made by you or other authors and then
accept or reject them using the Track Changes toolbar button, actions from contextual
menu, or by using the Review panel.
When you annotate your XML
documents, the comments are displayed in the Author mode as side callouts
(balloons), and also shows additional information such as the author and the comment
The comment support is not limited to a particular document type (DocBook or DITA, for
instance). You can use it on any document that is opened in the Author
editing mode. The comment data is stored in the XML document as processing instructions,
so it will not interfere with your XML tool chain.
You can access comment actions from the application toolbar.
The Review panel provides a simplified way of monitoring all the
insertions, deletions, comments, and highlights in an XML document. This handy tool is
especially useful for large teams that need to gather and manage all the edits from
working on the same project. The Review panel offers a wide range of reviewing actions, as
well as a search filter.
Review Color Highlights
Using the color Highlight feature you can create digital markers to
emphasise important fragments of your documents. This is especially useful when you want
to mark XML document sections that need additional work or the attention of others.
Search Operations in Comments or Reviews
oXygen simplifies the management of tracked changes and reviews
across large projects, involving a large collection of topics. In a real production
environment, the number of changes and reviews can easily exceed hundreds or thousands of
items. oXygen is able to present both current edited document reviews and also past
reviews and changes from your project files.
You can easily search for changes containing keywords, or for all the reviews made by
an author, or for all the reviews made in the past hour, week, month, etc.