Thursday, August 27, 2015

DITA 1.3 Implementation Status in upcoming Oxygen XML Editor 17.1

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We plan to release Oxygen 17.1 in about a month or two, probably at the beginning of October this year. Starting with version 17.1, Oxygen includes experimental support for editing and publishing using some of the DITA 1.3 features. If you want to test this support and give us feedback please contact us directly to obtain an Oxygen 17.1 beta kit.

To enable DITA 1.3 editing support in Oxygen 17.1 and use the custom bundled DITA Open Toolkit 2.1 for publishing, open the Preferences dialog box, go to DITA, and select the Built-in DITA OT 2.x radio button.

The following table is a list of DITA 1.3 features and their implementation status:

DITA 1.3 Features Implementation Status
Feature Editing Publishing [Latest DITA Open Toolkit 2.x is used.]
DITA 1.3 DTD, XML Schema, and Relax NG-based maps/topics/tasks/references, etc.

New DITA 1.3 file templates. Also by default DITA topics and maps which do not specify version in the DOCTYPE declaration are also considered to be DITA 1.3.

Specific annotations presented in the content completion window and documentation tooltips for all new DITA 1.3 elements.

See below
Learning Object and Group maps New file templates No specific support implemented
Troubleshooting specialization Create and edit new troubleshooting topics No specific support implemented
XML markup domain Validation and Content Completion Special rendering in PDF and XHTML-based outputs.
Equation and MathML domain

Validation and content completion

Display and Insert equations

Special rendering in PDF and XHTML-based outputs.
SVG domain

Validation and content completion

Display referenced SVG content

Special rendering in PDF and XHTML-based outputs.
Other new DITA 1.3 elements (div, strike-through, overline, etc) Validation and Content Completion. Special rendering in PDF and XHTML-based outputs.
Release management domain Validation and Content Completion No specific support implemented.
Scoped keys

Define key scopes

Validate and check for completeness

Resolve keyrefs and conkeyrefs taking key scopes into account.

Partially implemented. Various issues may still be encountered.
Branch filtering Display, create and edit ditavalref elements. Partially implemented. Various issues may still be encountered.
Shorthand to address syntax that identifies elements in the same topic Properly resolved for validation, links, and conrefs. Implemented.
Various table attributes (orientation, rotation, scope, and headers on cells) Not implemented in the Table Properties action support. But attributes can be changed from the Attributes view. Not implemented.
New Map topicref attributes (cascade, deliveryTarget) Allow setting new attributes, propose proper values for them. Implemented.

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