Release of XMLmind Word To XML v1.8.1

March 9, 2020

Submitted by Hussein Shafie, XMLmind Software.

Release of XMLmind Word To XML v1.8.1 (https://www.xmlmind.com/w2x/changes.html)


  • Upgraded XMLmind Web Help Compiler (whc for short) to version 3.0.1. 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 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.
  • All programs which are part of XMLmind Word To XML are now officially supported on macOS Catalina (version 10.15).
  • w2x-app: added a user preference called useNativeFileChooser which instructs the w2x-app desktop application to display the native file chooser in preference to the multi-platform file chooser. This option is turned off by default because file extension filters are not supported when the native file chooser is invoked by Java™.

Bug fixes:

  • Processing-instructions created by w2x were very often inserted at wrong locations. For example, a <?break-page?> which should be found between two list items was inserted after their list parent.
  • When generating single page or multi-page styled HTML, the background color of the body element was not specified. This is a problem with some Web browsers for which this color is by default a light gray.

    Now the page color found in the DOCX file is used to set the background color of the body element. When this page color is not specified, the background color of the body element is set to white.


  • Web Help output format: the following parameters, all related to jQuery UI, are not supported anymore: webhelp.wh-jquery-css, webhelp.wh-jquery-custom-theme, webhelp.wh-jquery-theme, webhelp.wh-jquery-ui.

What is XMLmind Word To XML?

XMLmind Word To XML can automatically convert DOCX files to:

  • Clean, styled, valid HTML (single page or multi-page HTML, Web Help, EPUB) looking very much like the source DOCX file.
  • Unstyled, but structured and valid, DITA bookmap, map, topic, DocBook, XHTML (single page or multi-page HTML, Web Help, EPUB) or XML conforming to your custom schema.

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