• 2021

    Version 24.0 - October 18, 2021
  • 23.1
    Version 23.1 - March 4, 2021
  • 2020

    Version 23.0 - November 19, 2020
  • 22.1
    Version 22.1 - May 19, 2020
  • 22.0
    Version 22.0 - February 12, 2020
  • 2019

    Version 21.1 - May 23, 2019
  • 21.0
    Version 21.0 - February 22, 2019
  • 2018

    Version 20.1 - June 15, 2018
  • 20.0
    Version 20.0 - March 16, 2018
  • 2017

  • 19.0
    Version 19.1 - September 29, 2017
    Version 19.0 - April 5, 2017
  • 2016

  • 18.0
    Version 18.1 - October 18, 2016
    Version 18.0 - April 21, 2016
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  • 17.0
    Version 17.1 - October 20, 2015
    Version 17.0 - May 5, 2015
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  • 16.0
    Version 16.1 - October 7, 2014
    Version 16.0 - May 20, 2014
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  • 15.0
    Version 15.2 - January 22, 2014
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    Version 15.0 - June 7, 2013
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    Version 1.0 - April 15, 2002

What's New in Oxygen XML Editor 24

October 18, 2021

Oxygen XML Editor version 24.0 is the latest major release of the industry's most advanced bundle of tools used by technical writers, developers, and publishers everywhere. This release offers a lot of exciting new features, updates, productivity enhancements, new customization options, and various performance optimizations.

This major release introduces lots of improvements for the DITA authoring and publishing community, productivity boosts for general visual editing and startup speed optimization, a new specialized editor was integrated for JSON Schema documents and it includes an innovative visual schema diagram editor, comparison reports can now be generated in various formats for the file or directory comparisons, additions and updates were implemented for Add-ons and command-line scripts, and as usual, you can also find new API entry points, various bug fixes, component updates, and much more.

There are changes in:

DITA Authoring

Configure and Run Validation Scenarios from the DITA Maps Manager

The DITA Maps Manager toolbar has now a validation drop-down menu that, along with the usual Validate and Check for Completeness button, contains options for running or configuring validation scenarios for the current map.
Configure and Run Validation Scenarios from the DITA Maps Manager

New Sample Project Now Available to Help With DITA Customizations

The New Project Wizard now includes a new project template named Startup DITA Project that can be used as inspiration for your own custom DITA projects. This sample project contains examples for various framework customizations and a best practices project structure to help you initiate your own customizations.

Convert Between DITA Bookmaps and Maps

New refactoring actions (Convert DITA Bookmap to Map and Convert DITA Map to Bookmap) were added for DITA users who want to convert a DITA bookmap to a map, and vice versa. These actions can be found in the Tools / XML Refactoring menu, as well as in the Refactoring submenu within the DITA Maps Manager's contextual menu.

Change or Remove Profiling Attribute Values

A new refactoring action (Change or remove profiling attribute value) was added for DITA users who want to change a profiling attribute value in the entire project or to remove a certain value from all defined profiling attributes. This action can be found in the Tools / XML Refactoring menu, as well as in the Refactoring submenu within the DITA Maps Manager's contextual menu.

Define Keys for all Topic References

You now have a simple way to convert links inside a DITA project from direct to indirect (key-based addressing) via a new DITA map refactoring action (Define keys for all topic references). You can use it to define keys for all of a DITA map's topic references based on the referenced file name and it converts each direct reference in each DITA topic to a key reference. The action can be found in the Tools / XML Refactoring menu, as well as in the Refactoring submenu within the DITA Maps Manager's contextual menu.

Sort Media Resources by Date

The Media tab in the DITA Reusable Components view now has an option in the settings drop-down menu to sort the presented media resources depending on both their last modification and creation times.
Sort Media Resources by Date

Find All Elements When a DITA Map is Open With Expanded Topics

When a DITA map is open with all of the referenced topics expanded/editable in one document, the Find All Elements action now detects elements in the referenced topics.

Speed Improved for Updating References When Renaming/Moving Resources

When renaming or moving DITA resources (e.g. topics) in the Project view with Main Files support enabled, references are updated faster, thus improving the user experience for large DITA projects.

DITA 2.0 Standard

Updated to the Latest DITA 2.0 DTDs

Oxygen was updated to include the latest DITA 2.0 standard DTDs.

Convert DITA 1.3 Resources to DITA 2.0

A new refactoring action (Convert DITA 1.3 maps and topics to the DITA 2.0) was added to make it possible to easily convert DITA 1.3 resources to DITA 2.0. The action can be found in the DITA section of the XML Refactoring tool.

DITA 2.0 Simple Table Handling Improvements

DITA 2.0 simple tables that contain cells spanning multiple rows and columns are now properly rendered and validated.

Documentation Presented for New DITA 2.0 Elements and Attributes

The content completion window presents documentation for the newly added DITA 2.0 elements and attributes.

DITA Publishing

Publish and Upload Articles to Zendesk Help Center

A new Zendesk Help Center transformation scenario is now available, allowing you to publish DITA topics to XHTML output and upload them directly as articles to the Zendesk Help Center. Then, whenever your content is updated, you simply need to re-run the transformation and the articles in Zendesk are synchronized automatically to reflect the changes.

Dynamically Convert Non-DITA Resources to DITA During Publishing

It is now possible to dynamically convert various types of non-DITA resources (Word, Excel, Markdown, or HTML documents) to DITA during the publishing process. This support is enabled for a particular resource referenced in a DITA map by specifying the type of conversion using the @format attribute on the particular <topicref> element. For details, see Dynamic Word/Excel/HTML/Markdown to DITA Converter.
Dynamically Convert Non-DITA Resources to DITA During Publishing

Generate PDF in Compliance with PDF/UA Standards

Support was added for the pdf.accessibility DITA parameter when generating CSS-based PDF output. If this parameter is set to yes, the PDF output will be generated in compliance with the PDF/Universal Accessibility standard (also known as ISO 14289). For more details, see How to Create Fully Accessible Documents.

Protect PDF Files with Security Permissions

For CSS-based PDF transformations, you can restrict the permissions for people using your PDF files by using some new transformation parameters. For example, you can restrict users from printing or copying the PDF content, or require a password to access the PDF document. For more details, see How to Protect PDF Files with Security Permissions.

Show Only Change Bars for Tracked Changes in PDF Output

It is now possible to only display the change bars for tracked changes in PDF output while hiding the other styling for the inserted or deleted content. This is helpful if you want to see the document in a final version while still seeing change bars where content was inserted or deleted. This can be done for both XSL-FO PDF transformations (by setting the show.changes.and.comments.as.changebars.only parameter to yes) or CSS-based PDF transformations (by using a simple CSS customization as described in: How to Show Only Change Bars Without Other Styling for Tracked Changes).

Publishing Template Improvements

If the args-css parameter is set in a DITA to PDF transformation based on HTML5 & CSS and the corresponding publishing template is exported as a zip file, the value of the args-css parameter is now automatically converted to a CSS resource in the publishing template's descriptor file.

Run DITA-OT Transformations Using the 'dita' Script

A new Prefer using the "dita" command option is available in the Advanced tab for DITA-OT transformations. When selected, Oxygen will attempt to use the dita.bat script (dita.sh for macOS and Linux) that is bundled with DITA-OT to run the transformation instead of running it as an ANT process.

Change the Default Resolution for Images

The image.resolution transformation parameter can be used to change the default resolution of images. It mainly works on vector images (e.g. PDF, SVG) since raster images have their resolution defined in their metadata.

Copyright Information Automatically Processed in CSS-based PDF Transformations

When generating CSS-based PDF output from a DITA map, the transformation automatically processes copyright information based on the data specified in the DITA <copyright> and <bookrights> elements.

Rotate Table Cells

For CSS-based PDF output, you now have the possibility of rotating table cell content by using the @rotate attribute. For more details, see How to Rotate Content from a Table Cell.

DITA Validation

Use the DITA Map Validate and Check for Completeness Process in Custom Validation Scenarios

When configuring validation scenarios, you now have the option to use a new DITA Map Validation and Completeness Check engine that performs a validation process that checks the DITA map document and all referenced topics and maps (similar to the process done when using the DITA Map Validate and Check for Completeness action in the DITA Maps Manager). The DITA Map framework also now includes a validation scenario for performing this type of check on a map and its referenced resources.

New Validation Engine for DITA-OT Project Files to Validate and Check for Completeness

When configuring validation scenarios, you now have the option to use a new DITA -OT Project Validation and Completeness Check engine that can be used to validate all contexts from a DITA-OT Project file. It is similar to the process done when using the DITA Map Validate and Check for Completeness action in the DITA Maps Manager for all pairs of DITA map and DITAVAL filter files. The DITA-OT Project framework also now includes a validation scenario for performing this type of check on a DITA-OT Project file.

Visual Editing

Intelligent Selection in Author Mode

It is now easier to select and copy an element in Author mode when you use Partial Tags for the Tags Display Mode. When using this mode, you now have the ability to select a block element (along with its content) directly in the main editing pane by spanning the selection to include the element's invisible end tag (using your mouse or keyboard). For more details, see Intelligent Selection in Author Mode.

Display Block Tags in a Compact Mode

A new mode was added to the Tags Display Mode sub-menu named Block Tags without Element Names. It displays tags for block elements without the element names for a more compact version of the Block Tags mode.
Display Block Tags in a Compact Mode

Save Images Locally and Update Existing References

A new contextual menu action (Save image as) is available in Author mode for local, external, or embedded images. This action opens a dialog box where you can choose where to save the image locally and it includes an option (Update the reference to the image) that can be toggled to choose whether or not to update the path in any existing references to the image.
Save Images Locally and Update Existing References

Set the Initial Editing Mode Using the Framework Extension Script

When configuring a Framework Extension Script file, you now have the ability to specify the default editing mode that is loaded when a document is opened for the first time. For example, if the files are usually edited in the Author editing mode, you can specify it to be the initial mode using the <initialPage> element.

JSON Schema

The new specialized JSON Schema editor introduces a Design mode that represents an expressive diagram editor that is helpful for visualizing, editing, and understanding JSON Schemas.

New Specialized JSON Schema Editor

The Oxygen JSON Schema editor allows you to design, develop, and edit JSON Schemas in either the text editing mode or the new intuitive, expressive visual schema Design mode. The JSON Schema editor offers validation support, content completion, an Outline view, and JSON-specific syntax highlighting.

Introducing the New JSON Schema Design Mode

Oxygen provides a powerful and expressive schema diagram editor (Design mode) for editing JSON Schemas. The Design mode was created to help both content authors who want to understand a schema and schema designers who develop complex schemas. Some of the diagram editor features include:
  • In-Place Editing - Edit JSON Schema component names and properties directly within the diagram.
  • Edit Properties - An in-place view that can be used to add, remove, or edit a component property.
  • Edit Annotations - A dialog box where you can edit all the annotation information for a component.
  • Schema Editing Actions - Actions that can be used to insert valid components depending on the context. You can set a name for a named component after it has been added in the diagram.
  • Move Up/Down Actions - Used to move a component up or down in the parent, allowing the user to change the components order in the parent.
  • Print/Save as Image - Actions that can be used to print or save as image the current diagram views.

JSON Schema Design Mode Properties Can Be Controlled in Preferences

A new preferences page was added (Options->Preferences->Editor->Edit Modes->Schema Design->JSON Schema Properties) from where you can control which additional properties (other than the default required properties) are shown in the in JSON Schema diagram presented by the Design mode. For example, you can choose whether or not to show certain properties or whether or not to only show certain properties if they are specified in the schema.

JSON Schema Documentation Now Includes Diagram Images

When using the JSON Schema Documentation generator tool, you can now choose whether or not to display diagram images for each component. The diagrams are similar to those that you see in the JSON Schema Design mode. You can also choose whether or not to display compositors (oneOf, anyOf, allOf) used for combining schema components.
JSON Schema Documentation Now Includes Diagram Images

JSON Schema 2020-12

Oxygen now handles JSON Schema 2020-12 declarations. They are edited and validated in draft-07 compatibility mode since there are few differences between the two versions. When you validate a 2020 JSON Schema, a warning message is displayed to make it clear that the draft-07 compatibility mode is being used.


Validate YAML Against JSON Schema

You now have the ability to validate the current YAML document against a JSON Schema by either configuring a validation scenario or using the Validate with action. You can also associate a JSON Schema with a YAML file using the Associate Schema action. The validation also works on files that consist of multiple YAML documents.
Validate YAML Against JSON Schema

Batch Validate Multiple YAML Documents Against JSON Schema

You now have the ability to batch validate multiple YAML documents against a JSON Schema by using either the Validate or Validate with Schema action from the Project view's contextual menu.

Comparison Tools

Generate an HTML Report of the Results of a Directory Comparison

A new Generate HTML report for directory comparison action was added in the Tools menu, allowing you to generate a HTML report after executing a 2-way or 3-way directory comparison. The resulting report be saved in an output directory and you can view it in your browser or default system application. There is also an option to generate additional comparison reports for non-binary modified file pairs and the main report will include links to those additional reports.

Save File/Directory Comparison Results in HTML Format

When using the Compare Files or Compare Directories tool, a new Save Results as HTML button is available on the toolbar to generate a detailed comparison report as an HTML file. You can then choose to view that HTML file in your preferred internet browser or application. The resulting report displays information about all the detected differences between the files or directories.

Performance Improvements

Startup Speed Improved

If multiple file tabs were left open in a previous editing session, the application will not load the file content at startup, or when switching projects and restoring the open files associated with that project. The file content will be loaded when you switch to the corresponding file tab. Each previously open file is still visible as a tab so you can switch to it normally. This helps to improve the application's startup time and also the time to switch between projects. You can disable this behavior by toggling the Load file content only when switching to its corresponding editor tab option that is now available in the Global preferences page.

Optimization for Loading Large Documents

Performance was improved when loading large documents. For example, XML documents with a lot of MathML equations and DocBook documents that include a large number of internal links are now processed and loaded faster.


There are available a variety of add-ons for Oxygen that extend the functionality of the application. New add-ons were made available and many existing ones were updated and improved.

Git Client 3.0.0 Improvements

Various improvements were made to the Git Client add-on:
  • You can create new tags from the contextual menu in the Git History view. Also, there is now a toolbar action in the Git Staging view to list all the tags. Tags from the local repository can be deleted or pushed to the remote repository.
  • You can stash uncommitted changes locally so that you can use other Git operations in the meantime. You also have options to re-apply or delete stashed changes.
  • Added a Merge "SELECTED_BRANCH" into "CURRENT_BRANCH" action in the contextual menu for local branches in the Git Branch Manager view.
  • Added a Revert commit action in the contextual menu for commits from the Git History view. It creates a new commit that reverts all the changes from the selected commit.
  • Added an Open working copy version action to the contextual menu for resources associated to a revision in the Git History view.
  • Added a Reset file to this commit action to the contextual menu for resources associated to a revision in the Git History view. It checks out the selected version of the file.
  • After a repository that contains submodules is cloned, all submodules are also automatically initialized and cloned.
  • When pulling the remote changes for a repository that contains submodules, the submodules are updated as well (by default). This behavior depends on the Update all submodules after pulling changes from the remote repository option from the Git Client preferences page in Oxygen.
  • If a submodule appears as changed in the Unstaged files area, you can open it using the Open action from the contextual menu.
  • The tooltip shown for a modified submodule from the Unstaged files area now presents information about the currently and previously tracked commits.
  • Branches created from other local branches are now automatically checked out. This behavior can be disabled by deselecting the Checkout branch option in the Create branch dialog box.
  • You can view the history for a file or directory from the Project view. When showing the history for a directory in the affected files section, the files that are descendants of the directory are presented on top and the files that are outside it are grayed out.
  • A message prompt is now displayed if you try to switch the branch while there are uncommitted changes so that you can confirm that you want to stash the changes or move them to the new branch.
  • A warning message is now displayed when trying to use the "Mark as resolved" action on a file that contains conflict markers.
  • A new ${git(working_copy_url)} editor variable can be used to return the location of the working copy directory in the form of a URL.
  • When hovering the cursor over the Pull and Push buttons, the displayed tooltip now shows information about some of the incoming/outgoing commits (such as the date, author and message).
  • When hovering the cursor over a branch name, a tooltip is displayed that provides information about the last commit performed on that branch (such as the author and the date of the commit).
  • The highlight boxes that surround branches and tags are now styled differently so that it is easier to identify which represents a branch and which represents a tag.
  • The settings in the Git client preferences page can be saved at project level. The project can then be shared with other users and everyone will have the same Git client settings.
  • The Git Staging side-view now has a cleaner look.
  • Added support for Dutch language localization.
  • Integrated various bug fixes, component updates, and performance enhancements.

For a complete list of updates added in the Git Client, see https://github.com/oxygenxml/oxygen-git-plugin/releases.

DITA Prolog Updater Add-on Improvements

Various improvements were made to the DITA Prolog Updater add-on:
  • Added a new option to customize the value of the @type attribute for the <author> element that is inserted to allow you to specify the primary (creator) author.
  • Added a new option to customize the value of the @type attribute for the <author> element that is inserted to allow you to specify an additional (contributor) author.
  • Improved the process so that an additional author (contributor) cannot be added if they are already specified as the primary (creator) author.
  • Fixed an issue where a warning message was reported even though prolog updating was disabled.

Specify Add-ons to be Automatically Installed

A new option was added in the Add-ons preferences page named Automatically install add-ons. You can use it to specify required add-ons for a project. Then, when a user opens the project, the specified add-ons will be automatically installed after prompting the user.

Batch Documents Converter Add-on Improvements

Various improvements were made to the Batch Documents Converter add-on. For example, cross-references, index entries, and footnotes are now handled properly when converting a Word document to DITA.

Translator Helper Add-on Supports DeepL Translator

The Translator Helper add-on was enhanced to provide support for translating content to various languages using DeepL Translator.

Writer Helper Add-on (Experimental)

A new Writer Helper add-on is available and it provides a side-view that is designed to help content authors with various tools that are useful for technical writers:
  • Review - You can select folders or files in the Project view and start a review session for them.
  • Similar Content - You can select folders or files in the Project view and find elements with similar content that could be reused.
  • Read Aloud - You can select content and use a Play button to listen to content out loud, read by a system-specific narrator.
  • Tips - Displays a list of editing tips, tuned for technical writers.


The all platforms distribution of Oxygen is bundled with a scripts sub-folder that contains scripts for automating and running various utilities from a command line interface. To run any of these scripts, you need to purchase a scripting license.

Generate HTML Reports for the File Comparison Script

When using the Compare Files script, a new output format is available to generate the comparison result as an HTML file, for both 2-way and 3-way comparison. You can visualize the differences side-by-side and you can filter them by type. For details, see Scripting Oxygen: Compare Files.

Generate HTML Reports for the Directories Comparison Script

When using the Compare Directories script, a new output format is available to generate the comparison result as an HTML file. It also is possible to generate separate comparison reports for all modified file pairs. For details, see Scripting Oxygen: Compare Directories.

New Merge Option for File and Directory Comparison

When using the Compare Directories or Compare Files scripts for 3-way comparisons, the -merge argument can now be used to perform a merge operation that is similar to the same process in any version control system. After the comparison, a report is created that provides details about the changes that were made. You can also use the -mergeout argument to specify a directory path where to save the output results of the merge operation.

Improvements to the File and Directory Comparison Scripts

When using the Compare Files or Compare Directories script, you can now specify the file or directory paths with a URL. Also, you now have the ability to specify a path to a base file or directory to do 3-way comparisons. In addition, you can optionally specify the content type to force file handling for a specific type of file.

Batch Format and Indent Multiple Files at Once

A new command-line script (batchFormatAndIndent) is now available that can be used to format and indent multiple files at once. You can add numerous options as arguments to control which files and settings should be used for the operation. For details, see Scripting Oxygen: Format and Indent Files.


Batch Accept Tracked Changes or Remove Comments/Highlights

A new XML refactoring operation (Accept all tracked changes, remove all Oxygen-specific comments and highlights) can be used to accept all application-specific tracked changes (from elements and attributes) or to remove all comments or highlights.

Use Attribute Conditions in Content Completion Configuration File

The Content Completion configuration file (cc_config.xml) now supports attribute and text proposals based on simplified XPath expressions (using the <valueProposals> element). For details, see Configuring the Proposals for Attribute and Element Values.

Use Editor Variables as Filename Prefixes and Suffixes

Editor variables can now be used as values of the filenamePrefix and filenameSuffix properties in the .properties configuration file that corresponds to a new document template.

Use Editor Variables as Attribute Values in the Content Completion Configuration File

When configuring the insertion of attributes in the Content Completion configuration file (cc_config.xml), editor variables can now be used for the @value attribute of the <insertAttribute> element.


New Plugin Extension to Provide Custom Validation Engine

The new plugin extension API ValidatorPluginExtension allows a plugin to contribute a custom validation engine used from a validation scenario to either validate the current document or batch-validate multiple documents.

New API Methods to Access AuthorPersistentHighlight Properties

New API methods AuthorPersistentHighlight.getPropertiesIterator() and AuthorPersistentHighlight.getProperty(propertyName) were added to provide access to properties specific to an Author-mode highlight.

New API Method to Access Selected URL Resources in the DITA Maps Manager View

A new API method WSDITAMapEditorPage.getCurrentSelectedURLs(boolean, boolean) was added that allows access to the list of selected referenced topic URLs in the DITA Maps Manager view.

New API Method to Access CSS Styles for Document Loaded in Memory

A new API method AuthorDocumentProvider.getStyles(AuthorNode) was added that allows querying styles for a specific node.

New API Method to Create Scroll Panes

A new API method OxygenUIComponentsFactory.createScrollPane(Component, int, int) was added that allows you to create scroll panes that look and feel like the ones implemented in Oxygen.

New API Method to Perform 3-Way Diff Comparisons

A new API method DifferencePerformer.performDiff(Reader, Reader, Reader, String, String, String, String, DiffOptions, DiffProgressListener) was added and it can be used to perform the diff operation between the resources represented by the three readers. The resources are compared factoring in the content type and the provided options.

New API Method to Save Add-on Settings At Project Level

A new API method OptionPagePluginExtension.getProjectLevelOptionKeys() was added and it allows preferences pages provided by add-ons to save option keys at project level.

Create Documents with References Expanded

A new expandReferences parameter was added to the PluginWorkspace.createAuthorDocumentProvider API method and it can be used to create a document that contains a structure of Author nodes with all of the references expanded.

Detect Content Type

A new API method UtilAccess.getContentType(String) was added and it can be used to detect the content type of a resource based on the systemID.

New API to Register Plugin Extension from Workspace Access Plugin

The new plugin extension API StandalonePluginWorkspace.addPluginExtension allows a workspace access plugin to contribute a custom plugin extension dynamically instead of defining it in the plugin.xml file.

Component Updates

TEI Schemas 4.3.0 and TEI XSL Stylesheets 7.52

Updated the TEI framework in Oxygen to the latest TEI Schemas 4.3.0 and TEI XSL Stylesheets 7.52.

XSpec 2.0

Updated the XSpec framework in Oxygen to the latest version 2.0.

Official Support for eXist-db Version 5.3.0

Oxygen has been tested and officially supports eXist-db version 5.3.0.

DITA Open Toolkit Version 3.6.1

Updated the DITA Open Toolkit version that is bundled with Oxygen to version 3.6.1.

Apache Batik 1.14

Updated the Apache Batik SVG toolkit to version 1.14.

Apache FOP 2.6

Updated Apache FOP to version 2.6.

Apache POI Libraries 4.1.0

Updated the Apache POI libraries to version 4.1.0.

Calabash 1.3.2-99

Updated the Calabash engine to version 1.3.2-99.

Eclipse 4.21

Updated the Eclipse plugin to support version 4.21.

EPUBCheck 4.2.6

Updated the EPUBCheck library to version 4.2.6.

Saxon XSLT and XQuery Transformer Add-on 10.6

Updated the 10.x version of the Saxon transformer add-on to support Saxon version 10.6.

XMLSec Version 2.1.7

The XMLSec package that allows signing and signature checks in XML documents was updated to version 2.1.7.

Terms of Use Changes

Importing Data from MS Excel 2007 or Newer No Longer Requires Extra Libraries

When importing data from MS Excel 2007 or newer, it is no longer required for you to add extra libraries (previously added by installing an add-on).

TCP Floating License Server Functionality Removed

The old TCP floating license server functionality has been removed. If you are using floating licenses or a large number of user-based licenses, you need to use the HTTP license server functionality instead.

DITA Map to PDF WYSIWYG Transformation Removed

The old DITA Map to PDF WYSIWYG transformation (pdf-css transtype), that was already deprecated, has been removed. It was replaced with the DITA Map to PDF - based on HTML5 & CSS transformation (pdf-css-html5 transtype).

DocBook WebHelp Classic with Feedback Transformation Removed

The DocBook Webhelp Classic with Feedback transformation scenario, that was already deprecated, has been removed. WebHelp Classic for DocBook can now be integrated with the new Oxygen Feedback commenting platform instead. For more details, see Deploying the Oxygen Feedback Comments Component for DocBook.

Berkeley DB XML Support Deprecated

The Berkeley DB XML type of database connection is now deprecated.

MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Support Deprecated

The MS SQL Server 2005 and MS SQL Server 2008 types of database connections are now deprecated.

Support for Java 8 Deprecated

The support for Java 8 in Oxygen has been deprecated and it will no longer be supported starting with version 25.0.

Injecting a License Key in the Author Component is No Longer Possible

The ability to register a fixed license key in the Author Component is now completely removed from the code.

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).

Learn more