Release of XMLmind XML Editor v8.2

August 27, 2018

Submitted by Hussein Shafie, XMLmind Software.


  • DocBook, DITA configurations: added "Add footnote" and "Add note" buttons to the toolbar.
  • XHTML, DocBook, DITA configurations: added a "Normalize Whitespace" entry to the menu displayed by the Listing toolbar button. This entry invokes new normalizeWhiteSpacePre command which normalizes whitespace in implicitly or explicitly selected element having attribute space="preserve", typically a program listing.

    Normalizing whitespace means: expanding tab characters to a number of space characters and removing the space characters which are common to the beginning of all text lines (that is, removing the superfluous “indentation” in the program listing, if any).

  • Styled view of a DITA topic, XHTML 5 and DocBook 5.1 document: the right-click popup menu of a media player has a new "Use Low-level Editor" item. Selecting this item replaces the media player by an “object view” of the media element. This “object view” may be used as a low-level media element editor. It may be used for example to add track child elements to a video element, something that the media player dialog box cannot do. More information.
  • The dialog box displayed by the insertCharByName command (bound to keystroke ESC n) now accepts character representations other than character names (e.g. "nbsp", "mdash"). For example, character TAB may now be specified as any of the following: "\t", "\11", "\x9", "\u0009", "U+0009" ,"	", "	", "011", "0x9".
  • New Lightweight DITA (AKA LwDITA) configuration, installed by default, may be used to create XDITA (very small subset of DITA XML, plus new audio and video elements) maps and topics.

    A sample XDITA document containing audio and video elements is found in lwdita_addon_install_dir/sample/sample.ditamap.

  • Upgraded XMLmind DITA Converter (ditac for short) to version 3.3 which
    • in addition to syntax highlighting, can add line numbers and expand tabs in any element specializing pre;
    • fully supports Lightweight DITA (AKA LwDITA), whether XDITA (very small subset of DITA XML, plus new audio and video elements), HDITA (topics and maps written in HTML5) or MDITA Extended Profile (topics and maps written in Markdown).

    More information in "Fancy code blocks" and in "Lightweight DITA support".

    Please note that Markdown support of any kind in XMLmind XML Editor requires the add-on called "Markdown support" to be installed (which is the case by default) and also requires using a Java™ 1.8+ runtime.

  • Upgraded XMLmind Ebook Compiler (ebookc for short) to version 1.3 which, in addition to HTML, supports pages written in Markdown. More information in Markdown support.
  • Upgraded the "Word To XML" add-on to XMLmind Word To XML version 1.5.1.
  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 2.1.3_01.
  • Upgraded Saxon to version
  • Upgraded the Apache Batik plug-in to version 1.10.
  • Upgraded the Apache FOP plug-in to version 2.3.

Bug fixes:

  • Clicking Ignore, "Ignore All" or "Learn" in the "Check Spelling" dialog box did not stop the corresponding word from being underlined (by the “on the fly” spell checker, using a red wavy line) in the styled or tree view. Note that this is still the case if you just click Ignore. If you want the word to stop being underlined, please click "Ignore All" or "Learn".
  • The "A sample customize.xxe" add-on: on Windows, typing 2 back quote characters (`) in a row to insert an English left quotation mark (“) did not work because the back quote is a dead character.

    Now typing 2 apostrophe characters (') in a row inserts an English left quotation mark (“) and typing 3 apostrophe characters (') in a row inserts an English right quotation mark (”).

    Added the following new character sequence: typing 2 comma characters (,) in a row inserts an German left quotation mark („) and typing 3 comma characters (,) in a row inserts an German right quotation mark (“).

More information in http://www.xmlmind.com/xmleditor/changes.html.

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