What's New in oXygen XML Web Author 18.1

October 18, 2016

oXygen XML Web Author version 18.1 is a maintenance release for the innovative web-based authoring tool. Its powerful technology and adaptive interface allows you to review, contribute, and edit content from anywhere, on desktops, tablets, or mobile devices. It includes a variety of new features and improvements to make your authoring, collaborating, and reviewing experience more efficient and productive than ever before.

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oXygen XML Web Author

Action to Insert References to Reusable Content in DITA

The Reuse Content action was added to the DITA toolbar and it provides a mechanism for reusing content fragments. It opens a dialog box that allows you to select the content you want to reuse and inserts it as a content reference (conref), or if the target topic has a defined key, it is inserted as a content key reference (conkeyref).

Video and Audio Media Objects are Rendered in Web Author

Video and audio media objects are rendered by the oXygen XML Web Author directly in the editing area, with inline players that allow you to play the video or audio content.

Filtering and Better Rendering of Review Panel Information

The Review panel allows you to quickly find specific changes or comments by filtering the presented entries on content, author name, type of change or a date range. Replies to comment are indented and grouped together so you can easily understand the flow of the discussion.

Control Display of Review Information

When a document contains track change information, you can choose if that is visible or not. By choosing to see the final form of the document, you will not see any track changes in the document but these are still recorded and they will be available when needed, for example when someone wants to accept/reject the changes made to the document.

Improved GitHub Connector

oXygen XML Web Author provides a default connector for Git with specific GitHub support. In case when you do not have permissions to commit to a repository using your current account, the updated connector allows you to loggin using a different account that has permissions to that repository and then commit your changes. Of course you can always fork the repository under your account and commit there.

Contextual Actions on Breadcrumb

The breadcrumb offering the current element hierarchy up to the root offers now a contextual menu allowing you to easily rename, cut or copy an entire element.

Support for a Backup License Server

You can configure a backup license server in the oXygen XML web author which will be used automatically if the main license server does not work.

Improved JS API

The client side JS API was improved with new functions which allow for manipulating the DOM and the selection.

Web Author is Now Compatible with Chrome Version 53

A problem that was preventing Web Author from loading in Chrome 53 has been solved. All functionality has been tested and it now works properly in this version of Chrome.

Updated JRE and Tomcat in the Installation Kit

The oXygen XML Web Author installation kit comes with JRE and Tomcat and these were updated to version 1.8_102 for the JRE and 8.5.4 for Tomcat.

Content Completion

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 empty-sequence, document-node, item, comment, namespace-node, and processing-instruction - just to name a few.