• 2021

    Version 24.0.0 - October 18, 2021
  • 23.1.1
    Version 23.1.1 - July 12, 2021
  • 23.1.0
    Version 23.1.0 - March 4, 2021
  • 2020

    Version 23.0.0 - November 19, 2020
  • 22.1.0
    Version 22.1.0 - May 19, 2020
  • 22.0.0
    Version 22.0.0 - February 12, 2020
  • 2019

    Version 21.1.1 - October 24, 2019
  • 21.1.0
    Version 21.1.0 - May 23, 2019
  • 21.0.0
    Version 21.0.0 - February 22, 2019
  • 2018

    Version 20.1.0 - June 15, 2018
  • 20.0.0
    Version 20.0.0 - March 16, 2018
  • 2017

  • 19.0.0
    Version 19.1.0 - September 29, 2017
    Version 19.0.0 - April 5, 2017
  • 2016

  • 18.0.0
    Version 18.1.0 - October 18, 2016
    Version 18.0.1 - August 9, 2016
    Version 18.0.0 - April 21, 2016
    Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016
  • 18.0
    Version 18.1.0 - October 18, 2016
    Version 18.0.1 - August 9, 2016
    Version 18.0.0 - April 21, 2016
    Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016

What's New in Oxygen XML Web Author 24.0.0

October 18, 2021

Version 24.0.0 of Oxygen XML Web Author is the latest release for the innovative web-based XML authoring tool. This release introduces a visual merge tool for resolving conflicts when committing to a shared Git repository, a re-design of the interface to offer a more modern and visually appealing look, additional protection against XXE vulnerabilities and other security-related improvements, as well as more customization possibilities, performance optimizations, and accessibility enhancements.

Merge Tool

New Merge Tool for Resolving Conflicts

A new visual Merge Tool has been integrated into the commit workflow for organizations that have the Web Author integrated with a Git repository. It can be used to resolve conflicts when multiple users commit changes simultaneously. Features include:
  • Shows incoming changes, outgoing changes, and conflicts as a visual representation of the differences between two commits.
  • Users can resolve conflicts by editing the local version of the document using contextual menu actions, toolbar actions, or keyboard shortcuts directly within the Merge tool.
  • Differences are automatically recomputed after changes are made.

Merge Tool API for CMS Integrations

The new Merge Tool that can be used to visualize and resolve conflicts during a commit is also offered as a plugin for CMS integrations. Note that the Merge Tool requires a separate license when used with the Web Author Component (e.g. integrated in a CMS).

User Interface Improvements

Re-designed Web Author Interface

The user interface was re-designed with the following goals in mind:
  • To achieve an overall more modern look and feel.
  • To give the side-panes more vertical space (especially helpful if many side-panes are present).
  • To offer better blending when the Web Author is embedded in another application.
  • To improve some of the components, such as dialog boxes, toolbar buttons, menus, and side-panes.
Web Author Interface Re-designed

Concurrent Editing

Concurrent Editing Feature Bundled with Installers

The ever popular new Concurrent Editing feature has progressed through the BETA testing stages and is now bundled with the Oxygen XML Web Author installers.

Concurrent Editing Optimizations

The Concurrent Editing feature uses advanced algorithms and data structures to synchronize changes between users in real-time. The memory overhead incurred by this feature was reduced by 75% compared to the previous version. Furthermore, compared to a scenario where each user edits their own copy of a document, the Concurrent Editing sessions consume only 50% more memory.
Concurrent Editing Optimizations

Customization and Integration

Problem Reports Can be Redirected to Your Own URL

When users report a problem they encounter while using the Web Author, the problem reports are normally sent to an HTTP endpoint on http://oxygenxml.com. It is now possible to set the value of the com.oxygenxml.report.problems.url custom system property to a URL on your own server and problem reports will be posted to that URL. This is especially helpful if the Web Author is embedded in another application (such as a CMS).
Customization and Integration

Simplify Sharing Data Between Java Classes

A dependency injection mechanism was implemented for Java classes in plugins to simplify sharing data between different implementation classes.

EXF Files Now Supported When Uploading Frameworks

Frameworks that are developed using framework extension files (with the .exf extension) can now be uploaded from the Administration page and the Web Author will compile them on the fly.

Custom Side-Panes Support Icons

When implementing a custom side-pane, you can now configure an icon to be displayed in the side-pane's stripe. For backward compatibility, an icon is automatically generated based upon the first letter in the name of the side-pane.
Custom Side-Panes Support Icons


Protection Against XXE Vulnerabilities

Along with the existing Security Manager, a set of features were added to help protect against XXE attacks. For example, any external system entity with an absolute URL is blocked by default.

Other Security Improvements

Other security improvements were added. For example, support for TLS 1.1 was disabled to provide more security.


Control Change Tracking Colors

A new option was added in the Preferences dialog box for controlling the colors of tracked changes. You can choose to have insertions shown in green while deletions are shown in red for all authors, or you can choose to show a different color for each author.
Control Change Tracking Colors


Control the Initial State of Change Tracking

The sync.api.change_tracking.ChangeTrackingInitialState JavaScript API was added for setting the initial state for the change tracking feature. For details, see Web Author API Documentation: Class - ChangeTrackingInitialState.

Control the Save Strategy for Documents in Concurrent Editing Sessions

The save strategy that Web Author uses when saving documents in a concurrent editing session can be specified using the ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.webapp.ce.RoomFactory.createRoom(AuthorDocumentModel, SaveStrategy) API. For more details, see Saving a Concurrent Editing Session.

Component Update

Apache Tomcat 9.0.53

Updated Apache Tomcat that is distributed with the installation kits to version 9.0.53.

Apache Shiro 1.8.0

Updated the Apache Shiro library to version 1.8.0.

Log4J Vulnerability Issue Update

December 17, 2021

New maintenance releases for the latest versions of Oxygen products are available to address the security issues posed by the Log4J vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228).

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