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10.1 (April 26, 2022)

Enhancements:

  • Add-on "WebDAV virtual drive plug-in" version 3.0 is now available. This new implementation uses software component Apache HttpComponents Client v5.1.3 as its underlying HTTP client. If you need this add-on, please download it and install it using "Options|Install Add-ons".
  • The "FTP virtual drive plug-in" now supports proxy connections other than SOCKS.
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 2.1.
  • "Edit source" add-on: upgraded its RSyntaxTextArea components to version 3.2.0.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.1.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.3.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.10.1, which fixes bugs related to <navtitle>.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.5.1.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.6.
  • Upgraded the XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) plug-in to version 6.3.2.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version 10.8.
  • Upgraded the Apache FOP plug-in to version 2.7.
  • XMLmind XML Editor is now officially supported on Java™ 18 platforms.

Bug fixes:

  • DITA and LwDITA configurations: two bugs related to the styled view of a topicref:
    1. Attribute locktitle was considered to be inheritable by the styled view, which is not the case.
    2. The navtitle attribute or element was rendered when present, independently of the value of attribute locktitle.

      Now, unless attribute locktitle=yes and a navtitle attribute or element is present, it is the titlealts/navtitle descendant element or the title child element of the referenced topic which is rendered by the styled view of a topicref.

  • CSS proprietary extension: the gauge content object: the resize cursor was displayed when hovering the whole gauge and not just when hovering the resize thumb.
  • Workaround for what seems to be a Java bug (JViewport.BLIT_SCROLL_MODE; Linux only): when scrolling the tree view of a large XML document, some lines were duplicated and/or garbled.
  • Opening a large document written in a language other than English and having no or incorrect lang or xml:lang attributes took a very long time due to the very large number of spelling errors to be displayed. Now the automatic (AKA on-the-fly) spell checker has a built-in limit of 20 000 spelling errors. Once this limit is reached, the automatic spell checker displays an information dialog box explaining what's happening and stops underlining misspelled words.
  • On Windows, when using any Java™ runtime more recent than version 1.8 (AKA Java 9+), XXE did not pick the display scaling (e.g. 125%) specified in Settings > System > Display, "Scale and layout" section.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • In order to go on with the removal of “dead code” started in version 10.0, removed command showTags and action setStyleSheetAction.

10.0 (December 2, 2021)

This version 10 has been developed mainly for the two following reasons:

  • Get rid of rarely —if ever— used features in order to make the desktop XXE application “lighter” and also simpler to maintain and enhance.
  • Create new applications running on headless servers based on the desktop XXE application, its architecture, its configurations, its add-ons, etc. The first of such applications is the xxeconvert command-line utility (which replaces the xxetool command-line utility).

As a consequence, this version 10 has a lot of regressions and incompatibilities with previous version 9. However please note that V10 is fully compatible with V9 in terms of use and configuration. All the incompatibilities are related to extension points written in the Java™ language like “native” commands and CSS stylesheet extensions. Porting these extensions from V9 to V10 should be pretty straightforward and is documented in XMLmind XML Editor - Developer's Guide.

Enhancements:

  • The xxeconvert command-line utility, which replaces the xxetool command-line utility, runs on headless servers.
  • The xmltool command-line utility now automatically uses all the XML catalogs found in the two add-on directories of XXE (XXE_install_dir/addon/ and XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/).
  • Commands:
  • DocBook configurations: added two XSL stylesheets to the "Convert to RTF, WordprocessingML, OOXML, OpenDocument" and "Convert to PDF, PostScript" sections of the dialog box displayed by "Options|Customize Configuration|Customize Document Conversion Stylesheets". These stylesheets are called "Stock stylesheet" and "Stock profiling stylesheet" and they let the user revert to the stock DocBook XSL stylesheets used to convert DocBook to XSL-FO. These stock stylesheets use a 10pt base font size while the default —customized by XMLmind Software— stylesheets use a 11pt base font size (among a few other customizations).
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 1.6.4. Added two nice-looking themes: FlatIntelliJ (light theme; alternative to FlatLight) and FlatDarcula (dark theme; alternative to FlatDark).
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.3.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.9.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.1.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.5.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.5.0.
  • XMLmind XML Editor, which passed all non-regression tests, is now officially supported
    • on Java™ 17 platforms;
    • on macOS Monterey (version 12.0), including on Macs having an Apple® M1 (ARM®) processor;
    • on Windows 11.

    Limitations when using XXE on a Mac having an Apple® M1 (ARM®) processor:

    • JavaFX WebView crashes Java™ (bug JDK-8276991), hence it has been disabled on this platform. As a consequence, a rudimentary online help system and feature "In the styled view, render audio and video elements by embedding a media player" has been disabled.
    • The "Hunspell Spell Checker" add-on, leveraging Hunspell, cannot work on this platform, hence you cannot download it and install it using "Options|Install Add-ons".

Bug fixes:

  • XMLmind DITA Editor and XMLmind DocBook Editor allowed to user to download and install third-party add-on containing configurations (e.g. add-on "DTBook Support") but after restarting the application these configurations were deliberately ignored. This is no longer the case. Now these third-party add-ons may be installed using "Options|Install Add-ons" and after restarting the application, the corresponding configurations are taken into account.
  • When a document was not associated to an XXE configuration, some of its view settings (e.g. alternate CSS stylesheet, visible tags) were not persistent across editing sessions.
  • Opening a document styled by a stylesheet making use of proprietary CSS extension show-row-column-labels caused a NullPointerException to be raised.
  • When revisions are stored in the document (Tools|Revisions|Store All Revisions in the Document), the dialog box displayed by menu item Tools|Revisions|Open Revision lets you open (and also compare) any past revision in XXE. Saving a document with some or all transclusions “untranscluded” (Edit|Reference|Untransclude Reference) caused the stored revision data to be corrupted. Therefore this revision and all older revisions could not be opened by Open Revision without errors.
  • DocBook 5 and 5.1 configurations: "DocBook|Convert between informal element and element" worked randomly for informaltable/table. In some cases an empty HTML table was used to replace a CALS informaltable. This is no longer the case. However, this command still does not work for HTML informaltable/table (though it does not produce any incorrect result). It works only for informalfigure/figure, informalexample/example and CALS informaltable/table.
  • The FTP virtual drive plug-in was extremely slow at downloading large files.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • The XMLmind XML Editor desktop application has been slightly simplified.
    • The Window menu is now called Tab. Menu entry "New Window" is now found in the File menu.
    • Feature "Enable the 'XML|Convert Document' submenu", which was enabled by default, has been removed from Options|Preferences, General|Features.
    • Feature "Enable all advanced tools including the Document Cache Indicator" (Options|Preferences, General|Features) replaces "Enable the Developer Tools" and "Enable the Document Cache Indicator".
    • The following menu entries, which were enabled by the "Enable the Developer Tools" feature, have been removed:
      • Options|Reload All Configurations
      • Help|Mouse and Key Bindings
      • Help|Plug-ins

Regressions:

  • The xxeconvert command-line utility, which replaces the xxetool command-line utility, cannot be used to compare documents anymore. This simpler tool can just be used to convert XML documents to other formats.
  • Command-line utilities XXE_install_dir/bin/csscheck and deployxxe have been discontinued.
  • Deploying XXE using Java™ Web Start is no longer supported.
  • Embedding XXE in a third-party Java™ application is no longer supported.
  • All DITA and DocBook configurations: removed the "Convert to Java Help" item from the "Convert Document" menu. Rationale: Java™ Help is an obsolete format. The Java™ Swing component used to render it on screen gives poor results and is not maintained.
  • DITA Topic configuration: removed items "xref(play)" and "Insert/Edit Action" from the menu of "Insert media object" toolbar button. Rationale: these buttons were used to generate the EPUB epub:trigger element, a feature not supported by any major EPUB viewer and deprecated as of EPUB 3.2.
  • Commands:
    • Removed the following commands: setImageMode.
    • Renamed command masterDocumentControl to XXE.masterDocumentControl.
    • Command repeat looses its index_in_command_history parameter. This facility is now found in new command listRepeatable.
    • Command checkValidity does not return an array of com.xmlmind.xml.validate.Diagnostics of anymore. Also, it has a new commitChanges parameter.
  • Environment variable (or Java™ system property) XXE_GUI is no longer supported. It was possible to set this variable to the location of a .xxe_gui file in order to completely change the GUI of XXE. Now the only way to customize the GUI of XXE is by the means of one or more customize.xxe_gui files.
  • Add-ons:
    • Add-on "WebDAV virtual drive plug-in" is no longer available. This is a temporary situation. This add-on currently leverages a very old HTTP client and we really need to port it to a modern, up-to-date, HTTP client.
    • Add-on "Keep using DITA 1.2" has been discontinued.

9.5.1 (June 22, 2021)

Enhancements:

  • Made the automatic upgrade of user-installed add-ons after a new version of XXE is installed simpler, more reliable and more systematic.

    XXE will now keep “nagging the user” each time the application is started until all obsolete add-ons are upgraded or uninstalled (either automatically or “by hand”, using the "Install Add-ons" dialog box).

    However these new simplicity and reliability come at a price: using the "Install Add-ons" dialog box, it is no longer possible to install, uninstall or upgrade any of the bundled add-ons found inside the XXE installation directory (XXE_install_dir/addon/). (It's still possible to do this “manually” though.)

    More information in: The "Install Add-ons" dialog box.

  • Converting a DocBook v4, V5 or v5.1 document to HTML, Web Help and Eclipse Help now preserves the SVG graphics found in this document. Previous versions of XXE automatically converted the SVG graphics to PNG. No such change for the HTML Help, Java Help and EPUB output formats despite the fact that these formats are based on HTML too.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.4.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.8.2.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.2.0.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.4.4.
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 1.2.
  • XMLmind XML Editor is now officially supported on Java™ 16 platforms.

Bug fixes:

  • Commands insertCharByName, insertCharSequence, insertControlChar, showMatchingChar and the Characters tool did not honor Overwrite Mode (OVR). They always worked as if Insert Mode (INS) was turned on.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • Search tool: the "Smart text boundaries" option is now turned off by default, as it is rarely needed and also because it may cause the Search tool to fail in finding some strings for certain document types.
  • Command xpathSearch is now bound to keyboard shortcut Esc X (type Escape then type Shift-X). Previously it was bound to Esc s (type Escape then type S). Command search is now bound to keyboard shortcut Esc s. These two commands are mainly useful when recording macros.

Regressions:

  • Using the "Install Add-ons" dialog box, it is no longer possible to install, uninstall or upgrade any of the bundled add-ons found inside the XXE installation directory (XXE_install_dir/addon/) .
  • Suppressed the now useless, "Install add-ons in the user's preferences directory", "Install add-ons in XXE installation directory" and "Installation directory depends on the add-on" options from the "Preferences" dialog box, "Install add-ons" section. Optional add-ons are now always installed in the user's preferences directory (XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/).

9.5 (March 5, 2021)

New "Bidi Support" add-on, which adds bidirectional script support to XMLmind XML Editor (XXE).

This new add-on is not installed by default. If you plan to author documents containing right-to-left scripts (e.g. Arabic, Hebrew) using XXE, you must really install this add-on (using "Options|Install Add-ons"), as, out of the box, XXE has no bidirectional script support whatsoever. Without this add-on, even the most basic editing features, like the location of the insertion cursor (caret), won't work or would be incorrect.

IMPORTANT

On the other hand, do not install this add-on unless you have a real need for it. Installing this add-on has a substantial performance penalty on XXE, even when authoring documents not containing any right-to-left scripts.

A sample XHTML document containing English, Arabic and Hebrew, created using XXE, is found in bidi_support_addon_install_dir/samples/sample1_en_ar_he.html. Some DocBook and DITA samples are also found in the same directory.

By reading "XMLmind XML Editor - Bidirectional Script Support", you'll learn to use XXE as effectively as possible in order to create documents mixing right-to-left (RTL; like Arabic and Hebrew) and left-to-right (LTR; like English and French) scripts. Corresponding screencast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8n3LSGAKlEQ.

Many thanks to our sponsors!

The development of this new "Bidi Support" add-on, a large and complex add-on indeed, has been entirely funded by Université de Caen Normandie and CNRS (IR Métopes and Equipex Biblissima). These French education and research public organizations have agreed to make this add-on an integral part of the XMLmind XML Editor product, hence to make it available to all XMLmind XML Editor users, including free-to-use Personal Edition users. Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Other enhancements:

  • Reorganized and improved the View menu. This menu has now all the entries and submenus needed to let the user change the way tree views and styled views are rendered on screen: "Text Size", "Display Images", "Show Tags", "Tree View Details" (new), "Add Views" (replaces previous "Multiple Views" submenu) and the list of stylesheets found at the end of the menu.

    Last but not least, the view settings of the document being edited are now automatically made persistent across editing sessions.

    Moreover, if you wish to use the view settings of the document being edited as the defaults for all the documents of the same type (e.g. all DITA Topic documents), suffice to use new "Options|Customize Configuration|Use Current View Settings as Default" command.

  • It is possible to install both the "RenderX XEP XSL-FO processor plug-in" add-on and the "Apache FOP 1.x XSL-FO processor plug-in" add-on. When this is the case, by default, XEP supersedes FOP. The "Add-on|XEP" preferences sheet, which is found in the "Options|Preferences" dialog, has a new "Use Apache FOP rather RenderX XEP" check-box which lets you change this.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.11.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.4.3.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.8.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.1.1.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.3.
  • Upgraded the XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) plug-in to version 6.3.1.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version 9.9.1.8.
  • Upgraded the Apache Batik plug-in to version 1.14.
  • Upgraded the Apache FOP plug-in to version 2.6.
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 1.0.
  • "Edit source" add-on: upgraded its RSyntaxTextArea components to version 3.1.2 which implements Markdown syntax highlighting.
  • XMLmind XML Editor is now officially supported on Java™ 15 platforms.
  • XMLmind XML Editor is now officially supported on macOS Big Sur (version 11.0), except on Macs having an Apple M1 (ARM-based) processor. Macs having an Apple M1 will be officially supported by XMLmind Software as soon as both a “native” OpenJDK and a “native” OpenJFX are available for this platform.

Bug fixes:

  • On Windows, with a text size set to 100% (that is, the system default), the default font size of 11pt used by XXE for the styled views caused some characters to be oddly spaced (“uneven kerning”).

Regressions:

  • There is no way to specify the followings view settings: "Display Images", "Show Tags", "Tree View Details", for all documents whatever their document types. Corresponding user preferences: imageViewportMode, showTags, showTableTags, treeViewShowAttribute, treeViewShowText, treeViewShowComment, treeViewShowPI, have been discontinued.
  • The "Integrated spreadsheet engine" add-on has been discontinued.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • The base font size of the tree view is now expressed in “CSS points” (a unit which is independent of the platform, screen, display scaling, etc), just like the default font size of the styled view. Its default value is 10pt. The corresponding user preferences key has changed from "treeViewBaseFontSize" to "treeViewFontSize".

9.4.1 (September 25, 2020)

Please do not use newest Java™ 15 to run XMLmind XML Editor. Though XMLmind XML Editor seems to run reasonably well with this version of Java, XMLmind Software didn't have enough time to conduct formal tests.

Enhancements:

  • Any configuration (DITA, DocBook, XHTML, etc): added a handy "Change case" toolbar button to the "Convert Text" frame. The corresponding command already existed but using it required remembering the following keyboard shortcuts: Esc l to change to lowercase, Esc u to change to uppercase, Esc c to capitalize the first letter of each word.

    Moreover, the underlying convertCase command is now effective when several nodes are explicitly selected. The previous version was limited to a node selection containing a single node.

  • Added a "Highlight all" option to the Search tool.
  • New "JSON document format" add-on, installed by default. This add-on lets you use XMLmind XML Editor to edit a JSON file as if it were an XML file. This add-on serves as a complement to the "Edit source" add-on, also installed by default.

    Why bother editing a JSON file as if it were an XML file? In a nutshell, because it's easier and safer than with text editors. XMLmind XML Editor won't let you create a malformed or inconsistent JSON file. Moreover the styled view of a JSON document in XXE is designed to be easy to read.

    However, if you don't like this feature, simply open the Options|Preferences dialog box, select the "Add-on|JSON format" section and check "Edit JSON as Text".

  • Updated the icons and request URIs of the web services used by default by the Web Search menu items.
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 0.41.
  • Upgraded the XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) plug-in to version 6.3.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.2 which may be used to convert DOCX to DocBook 5.1 assembly.

Bug fixes:

  • macOS only: the contextual menu of the embedded media player (styled view of XHTML 5, DITA and DocBook 5.1 documents) and the contextual menu of the embedded web browser representing an iframe element (styled view of XHTML 5) did not always automatically hide themselves after a menu entry was clicked upon.

    There are still problems with the contextual menu of the embedded media player on macOS though, as the Rewind, Forward and Back menu entries work erratically on this platform.

  • Linux, HiDPI screen: text size was too large in files created by File|Print.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • XMLmind XML Editor now checks for updates and download its add-ons using "http://www.xmlmind.com/" URLs. In previous versions, it used "https://www.xmlmind.com/" URLs to do that.

    Two reasons for this change: 1) these public service URLs are faster to access using HTTP and do not really need encryption; 2) the HTTPS implementation of server www.xmlmind.com currently seems to report false, random, "400 Bad Request" errors.

  • Changed the default foreground color of some CSS-generated form controls (text-field, text-area, spinner, etc). This change was needed to support Java™ Look&Feels having a dark theme (e.g. "FlatDark"). More information here.

9.4 (July 28, 2020)

Enhancements:

  • Any configuration (DITA, DocBook, XHTML, etc):
    • New "Set ID" toolbar button. This button displays a menu having 3 entries: "Set ID", "Unset ID" and all new "List Anchors and Links". This last menu entry displays a very convenient dialog box letting the user search and select anchors (that is, any element having an ID) and links.
    • More generally, simpler, better organized, enhanced toolbar. For example, when you use the toolbar to add a fig element to your DITA topic, you are now prompted to specify an image file.
    • Ctrl-Alt-click upon a link of any kind to follow it. (Cmd-Alt-click on the Mac.) This new mouse action is a handy alternative to the "Follow Link" entry of the contextual menu.
  • "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on: updated FlatLaf to version 0.38.
  • "Edit source" add-on: upgraded its RSyntaxTextArea components to version 3.1.1.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.1_01.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.10.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.4.2.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.8.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version 9.9.1.7.
  • Upgraded the Apache Batik plug-in to version 1.13.
  • Upgraded the Apache FOP plug-in to version 2.5.

Bug fixes:

  • The UndoManager had problems undoing TextNode.setText. Fortunately this API was not used to write any of the stock commands.
  • When the node path bar was configured to display attributes such as id, class, etc, undoing/redoing changes made to these attributes did not always automatically update the node path bar.
  • The image map editor now adds newly created areas at the end of the area list. Previously, it did this at the beginning of the list which was not convenient when the areas are to be numbered.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • The default font size of the styled view has changed from 10pt to 11pt. The corresponding user preferences key has changed from "styledViewBaseFontSize" to "defaultFontSize".
  • The "FlatLaf Look and Feel" add-on is now installed by default. On Linux, FlatLaf and its light theme (called "FlatLight") is now used as the default Look & Feel. This is needed because on Linux, the “system” Look & Feel (called "Metal") looks rather outdated.
  • Removed the "Select|Navigation" submenu. The "Show History" and "Remember this Location" commands are now found in the short menu displayed by the button found next to the "Go Back" and "Go Forward" toolbar buttons.

Regressions:

  • Removed the "Select|Link" submenu. The combination of new mouse action Ctrl-Alt-click (or alternatively the "Follow Link" entry of the contextual menu) and new "List Anchors and Links" dialog are much more convenient to use than the removed submenu.
  • The Alt-INSERT keyboard shortcut (bound to the "Remember this Location" command) is no longer available.

9.3 (April 8, 2020)

Enhancements:

  • Any configuration (DITA, DocBook, XHTML, etc): the node path bar can now be configured to display the value of any attribute you want. XHTML example: html > body > pre#example.fancy.line-numbers > code. Character "#" is used to prefix the value of attribute id. Character "." is used to prefix the tokens comprising the value of attribute class.

    These settings are done using a dialog box displayed when selecting the "Customize" item of the contextual menu of the “file icon” found at the very beginning of the node path bar. This contextual menu may also contain a number of checkboxes letting the user quickly hide and show the attributes declared using the "Customize" dialog box.

  • Dragging a document tab and dropping it outside any XXE window (e.g. onto the desktop) now opens a new main window and moves the active document to this new window. It works the same as the "Move Document to New Window" item of the right click menu of a document tab.
  • DocBook and DITA configurations: CALS tables (not HTML tables, not simpletables) layout elements (colspec, spanspec) and attributes (colname, spanname, namest, nameend) are now extensively checked for correctness and consistency. Semantic warnings are added to the Validity tool when errors preventing a table to be correctly rendered are found.
  • Converting a DocBook document to any XSL-FO based output format now generates PDF, RTF, WML, DOCX, ODT files hopefully looking better than before. This is implemented by changing the default values of a large number of DocBook XSL Stylesheets parameters and attribute sets.
  • New add-on called "FlatLaf Look and Feel" containing a clean, simple and elegant “Look & Feel” for XMLmind XML Editor. Many thanks to FormDev Software for having implemented such a nice, fast and reliable Look & Feel for Java Swing desktop applications!

    This add-on is not installed by default. Feel free to download and install it using "Options|Install Add-ons". Once this is done, please select "FlatLight" (light theme) or "FlatDark" (dark theme) from Options|Preferences, General section, Style combobox, then restart XMLmind XML Editor as instructed.

    This add-on is supported on all platforms. It is especially nice to have on Linux where the default “cross-platform”, Look & Feel (called "Metal") looks rather outdated. It may also interest Windows and Mac users who want a dark theme or simply prefer how FlatLaf looks compared to the default, “system”, Look & Feel.

  • "Edit source" add-on: upgraded its RSyntaxTextArea components to version 3.0.8, which fixes a minor XML autocompletion bug.
  • Upgraded the XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) plug-in to version 6.2.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.4.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.0.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.7.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.9.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.1.
  • XMLmind XML Editor, which passed all non-regression tests, is now officially supported on Java™ 14 platforms.

Bug fixes:

  • NOT FIXED: when a file path containing an accented character (e.g. " é ") encoded using a pair of characters —a non-accented character (e.g. " e ") followed by a combining diacritical mark (e.g. " ' ", combining acute accent U+0301; more information in "Unicode equivalence") — to an URL, this pair of characters is not preserved. The pair of characters (e.g. " e' ") is converted to a single accented character (e.g. " é ").

    This Java™ bug may lead to hard to understand "file not found" issues. Unfortunately we don't have a workaround for this bug.

  • Apache FOP options: the "Choose a TTF font and specify its aliases" dialog box picked the localized font family name (e.g. "BIZ UD明朝 Medium") rather the normal font family name ("BIZ UDMincho Medium"). This bug caused FOP to report a fatal error (e.g. BIZ-UDMinchoM.ttc: Name does not exist in the TrueType collection: BIZ UD明朝 Medium) when converting an XML document to PDF.
  • After modifying a document containing inclusions and undoing first modification, it was to possible to redo this first modification.
  • The wait cursor of the help browser kept spinning —making the help browser unusable after that— when moving from one help topic to another and when these two help topics were found in the same help page. For example, when first displaying help topic help_page23.html#foo and when displaying immediately after that help topic help_page23.html#bar.
  • MathML preference "Use bundled fonts" printed a number of "cannot register MathML font java.awt.Font[..." error messages on the console when a set of DejaVu fonts was installed on the computer.

Possible incompatibilities:

  • When converting a DocBook document to any XSL-FO based output format (PDF, RTF, WML, DOCX, ODT), the generated file may look different than in previous versions. For example, when generating PDF, the default values of parameters admon.graphics and admon.textlabel are: admon.graphics=1, admon.textlabel=0. In previous versions, the default values of these parameters were: admon.graphics=0, admon.textlabel=1.
  • We had to implement a large number of minor changes in order to decently support the dark theme of the new, optional, FlatLaf Look & Feel. Some of these minor changes may also impact how CSS extension content objects such as check-box, combo-box, date-time-picker, etc, are rendered.
  • A number of keyboard shortcuts have been removed from the XML source view. For example, Ctrl-NUMERIC_KEYPAD_DIVIDE which collapsed all tags. These keyboard shortcuts were not really useful and seemed to be error prone.

Regressions:

  • The "Google® virtual drive plug-in" add-on has been discontinued due to drastic changes to Google security policies.
  • The "FTP virtual drive plug-in" add-on only supports the FTP protocol. FTPS and SFTP protocol support have been discontinued.

9.2 (January 16, 2020)

Enhancements:

  • When converting DITA, DocBook or an Ebook to any (X)HTML based format (EPUB, Web Help, etc), the generated HTML pages looks much better than before. Moreover the generated Web Help is now “responsive” by default. Details about the Web Help below.
  • New add-on "Paste from Word Processor or Browser", now installed by default whatever the platform, supersedes the previous add-on which was called "Paste from Word".

    This add-on adds an entry called "Paste from Word Processor or Browser" to the "Paste As" submenu found in the XHTML, DocBook or DITA Topic menus.

    This menu entry imports the HTML copied to the clipboard by word processors or web browsers and intelligently pastes it into the XML document being edited.

    • Extensive efforts are made to decently support the “non-filtered HTML” copied by MS-Word to the clipboard.
    • When an application other than MS-Word is used, the quality of the result you'll get in XXE highly depends on what has been copied to the clipboard. In all cases, XXE tries very hard to import something simple, clean and valid at the expense of the fidelity to the original data.
  • XHTML5 configuration: very slightly changed our in-house XML Schema and its companion Schematron to make it even closer to what's specified in the HTML Living Standard in terms of conformance requirements for authors.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.0.0_02. The Web Help generated by whc v3 gets a fresh new look. Moreover:
    • It is now “responsive” by default, that is, it adapts its layout to the size of the screen (e.g. it can adapt to the screen of a smartphone in portrait mode). This feature is controlled by new parameter wh-responsive-ui.
    • It does not leverage jQuery UI anymore (only jQuery now). However some new parameters (e.g. wh---navigation-background-color="#F6F8FA") may be used to override most fonts and colors used in the generated Web Help.
    • New parameter wh-ui-language may be used to specify the language used by the messages of the generated Web Help (tab labels, button tool tips, etc). The default is to use the language of the Web browser.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.7.0_02.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.4.0_02.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.8.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.8.0_02.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version 9.9.1.6.
  • Upgraded the Apache Batik plug-in to version 1.12.
  • Upgraded the Apache FOP plug-in to version 2.4.
  • XMLmind XML Editor is now officially supported on Java™ 13 platforms and on macOS Catalina (version 10.15).

Bug fixes:

  • Converting a DocBook 5.1 assembly pointing to chapters or topics embedding SVG elements (imagedata/svg:svg) or MathML elements (equation/mml:math, inlineequation/mml:math, imagedata/mml:math, etc) to any HTML-based format (e.g. HTML, Web Help, EPUB) gave unusable results.

Incompatibilities:

  • When converting DITA, DocBook or an Ebook to Web Help, the following XSLT stylesheet parameters, all related to jQuery UI, are not supported anymore: wh-jquery-css, wh-jquery-custom-theme, wh-jquery-theme, wh-jquery-ui.

9.1 (September 16, 2019)

Enhancements:

  • Added a "Toggle the visibility of elements belonging to certain categories" button to the Edit tool. This menu is similar to the "Toggle the visibility of attributes belonging to certain categories" button already found in the Attributes tool.

    The feature implemented by this button consists in “hiding” some of the elements which otherwise would have been listed by the Edit tool.

    In the case of the XHTML5 configuration, these “hidden elements” are script, template, slot, noscript, which are either very rarely used (noscript) or allowed almost anywhere in the body of a document (template). Note that, for more convenience for the author, the script element is “hidden” everywhere in an XHTML5 document, expect inside the head element.

    In the case of the DocBook and DITA configurations, the “hidden elements” are very rarely used elements such as syntaxdiagram, msgblock, etc (DITA Topic) or productionset, msgset, etc (DocBook).

  • XHTML5 configuration: updated our in-house XML Schema and added a companion Schematron in order to implement most of the conformance requirements for authors specified in the HTML Living Standard (starting from the 2019-07-18 update). More information in "About the XHTML 5 XML Schema and Schematron developed by XMLmind".
  • XHTML configurations:
    • Added a "Preview Settings" entry to the XHTML menu. This menu entry displays a dialog box which may be used to specify one or more CSS stylesheets to be automatically added to the preview.

      This feature is useful when you use XXE to edit some “pure XHTML contents” (e.g. the text of an article) and want to see how it will look like once published.

    • Added an auto-completion facility to the value field of the Attributes tool when the attribute being edited is class. For example, if selected element is ul then this facility will list all the class names already added to all the ul elements found in the document being edited.
  • DITA Topic: specifying inheritnum in the outputclass attribute of an ordered list now causes the list item numbering to inherit from outer-level ordered lists. For example, using this feature (e.g. <ol outputclass="upper-alpha inheritnum">), the items of a list nested at level 2 are labelled "1.A.", "1.B.", "1.C.", etc.

    This inheritnum attribute value is rendered on the screen by the DITA Topic CSS stylesheet and is also supported when converting a DITA document to other formats. See XMLmind DITA Converter v3.6.1_01 below.

  • DITA Topic, DocBook configurations: added "Continue Numbering" and "Inherit Numbering" entries to the menu displayed by the "Change list type" button found in the tool bar.

    Known problems

    Except for the simplest cases, "Continue Numbering" is not correctly rendered in the styled view of the document. For example, "Continue Numbering" has no visual effect on ordered lists having an ordered list ancestor.

    The reason of this limitation is that the implementation of "Continue Numbering" leverages standard CSS counters. However, when you'll convert your document to other formats such as HTML, PDF, DOCX, etc, there are no such limitations and "Continue Numbering" should give you the expected results.

  • DITA Topic, DocBook, XHTML, TEI Lite configurations: typing "*", "-", "1.", "a.", "A.", "i.", "I." at the beginning of a paragraph and then pressing Alt+Shift-Right (or clicking the "Increase nesting level" toolbar button) now converts this paragraph to a list having a type corresponding to specified “prefix”, that is, respectively (DITA example), ul, ul, ol, ol[lower-alpha], ol[upper-alpha], ol[lower-roman], ol[upper-roman].
  • The “plus button” found in the “object view” used to render certain XML elements (e.g. "Use Low-level Editor" for a media element) now filters the list of attributes to be added in the same way the attribute table of the Attributes tool does.
  • Upgraded the XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) plug-in to version 6.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 2.3.2, which fixes a bug when the Web Help is opened in Google Chrome version 77+.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.6.1_01, which gives even more control over the numbering of ordered lists and which fixes an important bug related to URIs having fragments starting with "#./".
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.7_02.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.7.0_03.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.3.3_01.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version 9.9.1.4.

Bug fixes:

  • DITA Topic configuration: the dialog box used to specify a reference to a topic or non-topic element (e.g. href attribute of an xref or link element, conref and conrefend attributes, etc) listed URIs having fragments starting with "#./" (an abbreviated fragment-identifier syntax introduced in DITA 1.3 that replaces the topic ID with "." ) for some cases for which this syntax is invalid.
  • Copying an XML element (using Java™ method Element.copy()) in a document in which the comparison of revisions was enabled (Tool|Revisions|Enable the Comparison of Revisions) also copied the serial number of this element. By chance, this was not a problem in any of the stock commands, but this could cause problems in custom commands created by third-party developers.

Incompatibilities:

  • The above bug fix implies that some of the DITA documents created using older versions of XXE may now be found having errors.

    In a nutshell, direct URI references like "foo.dita#./bar" now cause errors. Only “local” direct URI references like "#./bar" are now accepted.

  • Some of the XHTML5 documents created using older versions of XXE may now be found having validity errors. Two reasons for that:
  • CSS: changed the value of the normal line-height from 1.0 to 1.2. In consequence, modified all the stylesheets to increase the standard vertical space between blocks (margin-top, margin-bottom) from 1.33ex to 1em. So now the styled view of XXE should be easier to read.
  • Interface com.xmlmind.xmleditapp.kit.NewDocumentService has changed. The newDocument methods now return the URL of the newly created document or null. Previously, they returned a boolean. This change may impact custom commands created by third-party developers.

Commercial changes:

  • XMLmind DITA Editor Personal Edition, XMLmind DocBook Editor Personal Edition, XMLmind XHTML Editor, both Personal and Professional Editions, have all been discontinued.
  • The "XMLmind FO Converter XSL-FO processor plug-in" add-on is no longer included in XMLmind DITA Editor Professional Edition and XMLmind DocBook Editor Professional Edition. Anyway, this plug-in was not really usable in these special editions as it ran in “evaluation mode”, that is, it generated output containing random duplicate letters.

    As a consequence, the "Convert Document" submenus of the DITA Editor and the DocBook Editor do not contain "Convert to RTF", WML, DOCX, ODT, entries anymore.

  • The "Word To XML" add-on is now installed by default in both the Personal and Professional Editions of XMLmind XML Editor. In Personal Edition, this add-on runs in “evaluation mode”, that is, it generates output containing random words replaced by string "[XMLmind]").
  • XMLmind XML Editor Personal Edition does not have any export capability anymore. All the entries found in the "Convert Document" submenus run in “evaluation mode”, that is, they now generate output containing random duplicate letters.
  • XMLmind XML Editor Personal Edition now has an "Evaluate XMLmind XML Editor Professional Edition features" check box found in the General|Features section of the Preferences dialog. This check box is initially checked to make it easy evaluating the features implemented by the "File|Import DOCX" menu entry and the "Convert Document" submenus.

    However, if you are not evaluating XMLmind XML Editor Professional Edition and just want to use a free, streamlined, fully functional, XML editor, simply uncheck this check box, restart XXE and the "File|Import DOCX" menu entry and the "Convert Document" submenus will go away.


9.0 (May 17, 2019)

Enhancements:

  • DITA maps, DocBook 5.1 assemblies and Ebooks (that is, maps of all kinds) are now automatically made master documents.

    If you don't like this policy, simply uncheck "Maps are automatically made master documents" found in Options|Preferences, "Tools|Master document" section.

    If you don't want this to happen, but only for certain maps, simply uncheck "Tools|Use as Master Document". When this is done, the map is added to the list of exceptions called "Except for the following maps" found in Options|Preferences, "Tools|Master document" section.

  • New, very simple, configuration called "Subject Scheme Map" makes it easy and safe creating subject scheme maps. See also new XMLmind DITA Converter v3.5 software component below.
  • Made the -new command-line option really usable.

    Because there is only one document template having a ".ditaval" file extension, the following command creates a new DITAVAL document in current folder without asking any question to the user:

    $ xxe -new filter.ditaval &

    Because there are many document templates having a ".xml" file extension, the following command first displays the File|New dialog box in order to let the user choose a document template (DocBook v4, v5, v5.1, TEI Lite, etc) before creating a new document in current folder:

    $ xxe -new doc.xml &

    Note that this -new option does not create the corresponding save file. You'll still have to use File|Save or File|Save As to actually save the newly created document. However, when this option is used, File|Save or File|Save As will display a file chooser dialog box properly initialized using specified file path.

  • The "Create" buttons found in the "Edit topicref", "Edit Module" and "Insert or Edit Book Division" dialog boxes now display the File|New dialog box with the relevant category of document templates (that is, "DITA", "DocBook v5+/5.1" and "XHTML/Ebook" respectively) already selected, which is convenient and less error-prone.
  • When the "Edit source" add-on is installed (which is the case by default), XXE may be used to edit plain text files. XXE now understands the GNU Emacs file variable called "coding". In absence of a BOM, variable coding may be used to specify the encoding of a text file. Markdown example:
    <!-- -*- coding: iso-8859-1 -*- -->
    
    Heading
    =======
    
    ## Sub-heading
    
    Paragraphs are separated
    by a blank line.
  • Upgraded the Apache Batik plug-in to version 1.11.
  • "Edit source" add-on: upgraded its RSyntaxTextArea components to version 3.0.3.
  • Upgraded the FTP virtual drive plug-in to edtFTPj/PRO 5.3.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Assembly Processor to version 1.0.7_01.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 2.2.0_01.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.5.0_01 which supports subject scheme maps as follows:
    • The set of attribute values specified in a subject scheme map is used to validate attribute values in DITA maps and topics and also in DITAVAL files.

      Example: if the subject scheme map specifies that the values of attribute audience are limited to "beginner", "intermediate" and "advanced", then an error will be reported for an element having attribute audience="expert".

    • The hierarchy of attribute values specified in a subject scheme map is taken into account when filtering and flagging a DITA document.

      Example: if the DITAVAL filter specifies that all elements having attribute platform="linux" are to be excluded and if the subject scheme map specifies that value "redhat" of attribute platform is a kind of "linux", then all elements having attribute platform="redhat" will excluded too.

    More information in "Appendix C. Limitations and implementation specificities, Subject scheme maps".

    The new subject scheme map support in XMLmind DITA Converter v3.5 makes "Map|Check Map" a better tool.

  • The "Easy Profiling" add-on, which is installed by default, now automatically creates a subject scheme map file behind the scene when a ".profiles" file is saved to disk.

    This very simple, automatically created, subject scheme map will be used by "Map|Check Map" too, but only if no (more advanced, written by hand) subject scheme maps are referenced (typically using <mapref type="scheme" href="my_subject_scheme_map.ditamap"/>) by the DITA map to be checked.

    Note that if you want to benefit from this enhancement, you'll have to re-save your existing ".profiles" file to disk so that the corresponding ".ditaval" filter files and ".ditamap" subject scheme map file are re-created behind the scene.

  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.3.2_01.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.7.0_01.
  • XMLmind XML Editor, which passed all non-regression tests, is now officially supported on Java™ 12 platforms.

Bug fixes:

  • It was not possible to wrap (Edit|Wrap) an XHTML div into a div.
  • Options|Preferences, Add-on|MathML section: the "Use Bundled Fonts" button almost never had any effect on the MathML displayed in the styled view. It worked only when the bundled fonts happened to be also installed on the computer running XXE.
  • In some cases, double-clicking a topicref in a DITA map marked as being a master document ("Tools|Use a Master Document") successfully opened the corresponding topic but failed to colorize the topic tab with the color of the map tab. (This common color indicates that both documents belong to the same group.)

Incompatibilities:

  • Java™ 8+ is now required to compile and run XXE. Both Oracle Java and OpenJDK are now officially supported.
  • Due to the recent changes in Oracle Java™ licensing, the setup.exe and ".dmg" distributions of XXE are now bundled with the latest version of OpenJDK (e.g. v12.0.1).

    Moreover, the setup.exe distribution now includes a 64-bit version of the Java™ runtime. The 32-bit editions of Windows are still officially supported by XMLmind Software, but when this is the case, XXE's private 64-bit Java™ runtime will not be used and you'll have to install a 32-bit Java™ 8+ runtime on your computer.

    Besides Oracle Java and OpenJDK, an excellent resource for obtaining easy-to-install Java™ distributions is AdoptOpenJDK.

  • Renamed Edit command "Convert [wrap]" to "Wrap".
  • Sightly changed the parameters and the behavior of the XXE.new command in order to implement some of the above enhancements.
  • See above enhancement about editing plain text files in XXE.

8.3 (February 22, 2019)

Enhancements:

  • New TEI Lite configuration.

    IMPORTANT

    Only the TEI Lite tagset is supported. Full TEI P5 is not supported. Any customization of the TEI tagset other than TEI Lite is not supported.

    In terms of document editing, TEI Lite support in XMLmind XML Editor is as extensive as DITA, DocBook or XHTML support. However converting a TEI document to other formats (HTML, PDF, EPUB, DOCX, etc) is currently not supported.

    If there is sufficient interest for this work (or if we find a sponsor willing to partially fund this development), we may implement full TEI P5 support and/or TEI document conversion facilities in the future.

    This configuration is available in the form of an add-on called "TEI Lite configuration". This add-on is not installed by default in XMLmind XML Editor. If you are interested, please use menu item "Options|Install Add-on" to install this add-on.

    A sample TEI Lite document created using XMLmind XML Editor is found in XXE_install_dir/demo/tei_lite/tei_lite-sample.xml.

    By reading new user guide "XMLmind XML Editor - Creating a TEI Lite Document", you'll learn to use XXE to create and modify TEI Lite documents. This user guide assumes that you know TEI and XML, but that you don't not know anything about XXE.

    The following minor enhancements were needed to implement the TEI Lite configuration:

    • It's now possible to convert some text to an element whose content validates against a data type. For example, it's now possible to use Edit|Convert to convert text selection "foo:bar" to TEI element gi, whose data type is xsd:Name.
    • Commands addBlockInFlow, promoteListItem, demoteListItem have been made slightly more flexible. The list of inline element names may now be specified using system property "configuration_name inlineElementNames".
    • Configuration linkType now supports attributes which may contain one or more URIs. Specify linkType/link/@href when an attribute may contain a single URI (e.g. XHTML a/@href). Specify linkType/link/@hrefs when an attribute may contain one or more URIs (e.g. TEI ref/@target).
    • Using Options|Preferences, View section, it's now possible to specify the font families used for CSS property values font-family:cursive and font-family:fantasy. By default, the font family used for both these CSS property values is Serif, Java's default serif font family.
  • Improved the clipboard viewer dialog box. See "Clipboard utilities".
    • The clipboard viewer now clearly shows the format of the data found in the system clipboard: XML, Text or Image.
    • It's now possible to switch from XML to Text and, if the text is a well-formed XML fragment, from Text to XML, the latter being useful when you copy XML fragments from a third party application.
  • Documented and added a couple of enhancements related to Byte Order Mark (BOM) support to the Edit|Preferences, Add-on|Text format preferences sheet. See "Text format options".
  • "Paste from Word" add-on: index entries marking a page range (e.g. field XE "XML" \r "OpenXMLPageRange") in the MS-Word document are now partially supported. Partially only, because the "Paste from Word" add-on does not know how determine the end of a range in the HTML generated by MS-Word. Therefore the index terms created by the "Paste from Word" add-on are now correctly positioned at the start of the range, but they are just “plain index terms” and not index terms marking a range.
  • The "Easy Profiling" add-on creates better DITAVAL files out of a .profiles file. When the rev attribute is used for flagging, this add-on now creates a revprop element rather than a prop element. Moreover, a left border or a right border (and no other border) specified using the "Set Style" dialog box is translated to a changebar attribute.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 2.1.3_03.
  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.4, which contains two important bug fixes related to “flagging” contents using a .ditaval conditional processing file.

Bug fixes:

  • CSS property caption-side was not honored when the subject of the CSS rule had display: table-caption.
  • XHTML configuration: when the style attribute is selected in the Attributes tool, clicking the Edit button displays a specialized editor. In addition to the easy-to-use Styles tab, this specialized editor also has a "CSS Source" tab letting the user type any CSS property she/he wants (e.g. "float: left;"). The bug was that there was to way to make this specialized editor accept CSS properties other than those supported by XXE's CSS engine.
  • The styled view of a DocBook 5.1 assembly displays the title of referenced topics. This displayed title included the text of the indexterm elements found in the title element of the topic.
  • The following error message was misleading:
    $ xxetool convert docb.toPSFile page.html -s pdf -s "|pdf" -u out/page.pdf
    xxetool: *** error: command 'docb.toPSFile' not found

    The error message is now:

    xxetool: *** error: did not find command 'docb.toPSFile' in configuration 'XHTML Transitional'
  • The online help browser of XXE displayed a blank window when the computer running XXE was not connected to the Internet.

Incompatibilities:

  • Now that command addBlockInFlow can be parameterized using system property "configuration_name inlineElementNames", native commands xhtml.addBlock and dita.doAddBlock are no longer useful and thus have been removed from all the XHTML and DITA configurations.
  • CSS extensions: icon(collapsed-right) is now an alias for icon(pop-right), icon(expanded-down) is now an alias for icon(pop-down), hence collapser() is now equivalent to collapser(collapsed-icon, icon(pop-right,0), expanded-icon, icon(pop-down,0)).

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