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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.9.6


Introduction

Socialtext 1.9.6 is a significant upgrade to Socialtext 1.9.4.

Create customized look and feel

Socialtext workspaces may now be customized or "skinned" by appliance customers or by Socialtext's customer services department to integrate logos, colors, layout, and other elements for a customized and integrated look and feel. See the Socialtext Style Customization Guide for more information.

Improved public workspaces

Socialtext 1.9.6 has a number of usability improvements. You only need to register once to participate in any Socialtext public workspace. This version fixes usability problems where your workspace list did not appear correctly in public workspaces, and where preferences in public workspaces would expire after a time. Current wiki users are already registered with Socialtext 1.9.6 using their current passwords and names.

Enhanced access control

Access control has been enhanced and improved. Fine-grained Roles and Permission Sets controls now allow administrators to tailor the operations that each type of user can do in a workspace.

Searchable help workspace

Prior to 1.9.6, copies of Help pages were kept in each and every workspace. Now, there is a single, searchable Help workspace to which all workspaces are linked. Workspaces containing customized Help pages will retain those customized pages.

Dynamic content sections

Dynamic content sections may be embedded within wiki pages. Tables of contents, contents of other pages, recent changes, category lists, and search results may be embedded. See the Tutorial: Including other pages and lists into a page for full information and examples of how to use dynamic content in your wiki.

Improved search indexing reliability

Socialtext 1.9.6 improves the reliability of search indexing. Because of this new system, it make take a few seconds to re-index a wiki page or attachment recently added or updated.

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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.9.4

Fixes and Updates

Socialtext 1.9.4 is an update to Socialtext 1.9. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

Fixes

  • All of the boxes in the sidepanel are opened the first time you visit a workspace. That has been corrected so that only the Search and Workspace Navigation boxes are opened.

Updates

  • The email sent to invite a user into a workspace is easier to understand.
  • Reliability of search indexing has been further improved.
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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.9

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

Socialtext 1.9 adds additional fixes to the Simple mode editor, some new features, and internal improvements to increase robustness. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

Beta Mobile Wiki

  • You can use your workspace more easily from a mobile device. Simply go to your workspace using your Blackberry or other mobile device. If you are not directed to a simple screen that looks nice on your mobile device, then type this to get to the mobile version (replace "workspace" with your workspace ID):
http://www.socialtext.net/lite/page/workspace

  • The beta mobile version has been most thoroughly tested on Blackberries. If you see problems on the Blackberry or other devices, please let us know by sending email to support@socialtext.com

Bugs fixed in the Simple mode editor

  • We have fixed a number of problems with the way the editor works with spaces and blank lines. We fixed bugs that caused:
    • spaces removed before/after special links, breaking the links
    • extra spaces inserted at the beginning of lines, breaking formatting
    • line breaks removed, collapsing text onto a single line
    • line breaks inserted after special links in long paragraphs
    • blank lines removed between indentation levels
    • You can now create whitespace-separated lists
  • We fixed several problems with Preview:
    • In Advanced mode, you can resume editing after Preview
    • Rapidly double-clicking the Preview button no longer causes edits to be lost.
  • We fixed other bugs with the Simple mode editor:
    • In advanced mode, horizontal rules don't become literal dashes
    • Copy/paste or drag/drop of an external link doesn't result in a bad link
  • We fixed a bug that prevented changes from being saved in some cases when you navigate away from a page with unsaved changes.

Additions

  • After Delete Page has been invoked, a Restore Page button is available, in case the page was inadvertently deleted.
  • We have made changes to improve performance problems caused by search indexing. As a result of these changes, when you add new content, it may take a few seconds to appear in search results.
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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.6

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

Socialtext 1.8.6 fixes the problems described below. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.4 documents the previous bug fixes. There is no Socialtext 1.8.5.

Wikiwyg Bugs Fixed

  • Navigating away from a page being edited raises a dialog box to cancel or confirm discarding edits. In some cases, cancellation failed and edits were discarded.
  • Rapidly double-clicking the Preview button could cause edits to be lost.
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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.4

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

Socialtext 1.8.4 continues the bugs fixed in the WYSIWYG editor effort of the previous release. There are still some known bugs and incomplete features. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.2 documents the previous WYSIWYG bug fixes.

Additions

  • An RSS feed for every page is available by clicking the RSS button next to the title of any page. To subscribe to the feed, add the the URL of the RSS page that appears in your browser to your RSS reader. If you are subscribing to pages in a password-protected wiki, you need to use a reader that supports password-protected feeds. See RSS Tutorial for more about RSS.

Bugs fixed in the WYSIWYG editor

  • In bulleted lists with some empty bullets, the empty bullets turn into asterisks.
  • Pasting a wiki link in the web link style (http://) generates a bad link.
  • Putting .pre tags within a table cell can prevent saving or loading of the page.
  • Numbered lists longer than nine lines display incorrectly.
  • There have been general fixes to problems with whitespace insertion, including:
    • Lists become literal text due to insertion of whitespace at the beginning of each line.
    • Spaces get removed after a wiki link in long paragraphs, breaking the link.
    • Formatting and spacing get removed in long paragraphs.
    • Pasting Excel spreadsheets (tables) inserts whitespace, breaking the table.

Known Bugs

  • Blank lines and whitespace in text are sometimes changed by Simple mode editing. It is often possible to fix whitespace problems using Advanced mode; the fixes will stick in subsequent Simple mode editing.
  • Blank lines between bullet lists, indentation level changes, or paragraphs are sometimes removed.
  • An extra blank line is introduced above lists, after special links (such as category links), and between list items when the formatting is removed.
  • Links cannot be made bold or italic.
  • Pasting a wiki link copied from a search result generates a bad link.
  • In an indented section, selecting some of the lines and changing the level of indentation doesn't work (Internet Explorer in Simple mode only).
  • Bold or italic formatting applied to multiple lines appears to work but isn't saved.
  • Formatting within a table cell containing a single line may fail. (Inserting trailing whitespace sometimes helps).
  • Scrolling a wiki page containing an HTML form may cause the form to show through the top menu bar (Internet Explorer only).
  • Clicking a formatting button when there is no selection doesn't automatically select the whole word (Firefox only).

Incomplete Features

  • The Simple editor uses the table editors that are built into the web browsers, which have some limitations. Table rows and columns are narrow until entries are made. In Internet Explorer, you can't add or delete table rows and columns in Simple Mode. You can still go to Advanced mode to add and delete rows and columns.
  • Advanced mode must be used to edit or delete links to images, links to attachments, and special links (such as category links).
  • Attached images do not display in Preview or Simple mode. External images do display.
  • In Internet Explorer, you can't edit pages with "mixed content" (HTTP images on an HTTPS page) if you choose not to display mixed content. To avoid this problem and avoid the warning popup window, follow the IE Mixed Content Instructions.
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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.3

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

Socialtext 1.8.3 continues the bugs fixed in the WYSIWYG editor effort of the previous release. There are still some known bugs and incomplete features. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.2 documents the previous WYSIWYG bug fixes.

Additions

  • An RSS feed for every page is available by clicking the RSS button next to the title of any page. To subscribe to the feed, add the the URL of the RSS page that appears in your browser to your RSS reader. If you are subscribing to pages in a password-protected wiki, you need to use a reader that supports password-protected feeds. See RSS Tutorial for more about RSS.

Bugs fixed in the WYSIWYG editor

  • In bulleted lists with some empty bullets, the empty bullets turn into asterisks.
  • Pasting a wiki link in the web link style (http://) generates a bad link.
  • Putting .pre tags within a table cell can prevent saving or loading of the page.
  • Numbered lists longer than nine lines display incorrectly.
  • There have been general fixes to problems with whitespace insertion, including:
    • Lists become literal text due to insertion of whitespace at the beginning of each line.
    • Spaces get removed after a wiki link in long paragraphs, breaking the link.
    • Formatting and spacing get removed in long paragraphs.
    • Pasting Excel spreadsheets (tables) inserts whitespace, breaking the table.

Known Bugs

  • Blank lines and whitespace in text are sometimes changed by Simple mode editing. It is often possible to fix whitespace problems using Advanced mode; the fixes will stick in subsequent Simple mode editing.
  • Blank lines between bullet lists, indentation level changes, or paragraphs are sometimes removed.
  • An extra blank line is introduced above lists, after special links (such as category links), and between list items when the formatting is removed.
  • Links cannot be made bold or italic.
  • Pasting a wiki link copied from a search result generates a bad link.
  • In an indented section, selecting some of the lines and changing the level of indentation doesn't work (Internet Explorer in Simple mode only).
  • Bold or italic formatting applied to multiple lines appears to work but isn't saved.
  • Formatting within a table cell containing a single line may fail. (Inserting trailing whitespace sometimes helps).
  • Scrolling a wiki page containing an HTML form may cause the form to show through the top menu bar (Internet Explorer only).
  • Clicking a formatting button when there is no selection doesn't automatically select the whole word (Firefox only).

Incomplete Features

  • The Simple editor uses the table editors that are built into the web browsers, which have some limitations. Table rows and columns are narrow until entries are made. In Internet Explorer, you can't add or delete table rows and columns in Simple Mode. You can still go to Advanced mode to add and delete rows and columns.
  • Advanced mode must be used to edit or delete links to images, links to attachments, and special links (such as category links).
  • Attached images do not display in Preview or Simple mode. External images do display.
  • In Internet Explorer, you can't edit pages with "mixed content" (HTTP images on an HTTPS page) if you choose not to display mixed content. To avoid this problem and avoid the warning popup window, follow the IE Mixed Content Instructions.
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Release Notes for Socialtext 1.8.2

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

In Socialtext 1.8.2, there are a number of bugs fixed in the WYSIWYG editor. There are still some known bugs and incomplete features. If you come across additional problems, please let us know at: support@socialtext.com.

These release notes also describe some minor changes to wiki formatting used in Advanced Mode.

This page details additions and changes in Socialtext 1.8.2 from the previous version, Socialtext 1.8.

Bugs fixed

  • The TSV shortcut to paste from Excel in Advanced mode works again.
  • Display and editing of HTML pages and forms inside .pre and .html wiki tags is more reliable.
  • The link at the bottom of pages that links to the "Top of Page" works.
  • Scrollbars in IE have been fixed.
  • Adding newlines within formatted text and headers works.
  • Fixed bugs that added or removed whitespace within a line.
  • Fixed a bug that converted web links into wiki links.
  • Fixed incorrect numbering in nested lists.
  • Fixed incorrect handling of text and markup between curly brackets.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a JavaScript error when a list contained blank list elements.
  • Formatting and unformatting of text is preserved after the user saves.
  • Fixed bugs that generated extra markup after removing bold and italic formatting.
  • Printer-friendly pages have correct margins and print correctly.
  • Files with multiple dashes in the filename can now be uploaded.

Known Bugs

  • Blank lines between bullet lists, indentation level changes, or paragraphs are sometimes removed.
  • An extra blank line is introduced above lists, after special links (such as category links), and between list items when the formatting is removed.
  • Links cannot be made bold or italic.
  • Pasting a wiki link in the web link style (http://) generates a bad link.
  • In bulleted lists with some empty bullets, the empty bullets turn into asterisks.
  • In an indented section, selecting some of the lines and changing the level of indentation doesn't work (Internet Explorer in Simple mode only).
  • Bold or italic formatting applied to multiple lines appears to work but isn't saved.
  • In Internet Explorer, when you scroll a wiki page containing an HTML form, the form may show through the top menu bar.
  • Scrolling a wiki page containing an HTML form may cause the form to show through the top menu bar (Internet Explorer only).
  • Clicking a formatting button when there is no selection doesn't automatically select the whole word (Firefox only).

Incomplete Features

  • The Simple editor uses the table editors that are built into the web browsers, which have some limitations. Table rows and columns are narrow until entries are made. In Internet Explorer, you can't add or delete table rows and columns in Simple Mode. You can still go to Advanced mode to add and delete rows and columns.
  • Advanced mode must be used to edit or delete links to images, links to attachments, and special links (such as category links).
  • Attached images do not display in Preview or Simple mode. External images do display.
  • In Internet Explorer, you can't edit pages with "mixed content" (HTTP images on an HTTPS page) if you choose not to display mixed content. To avoid this problem and avoid the warning popup window, follow the IE Mixed Content Instructions.

Changes

  • There is a new feature which keeps text from being formatted and displays the text in a monospaced font (the HTML "teletype", or "tt" font). Use backticks to generate monospaced text.
    • example: `monospaced, teletype font` becomes monospaced, teletype font
  • In previous versions, Socialtext supported three levels of horizontal rule: "--", "---" and "----", which made short, medium and long horizontal lines. Beginning in version 1.8, only "----" is supported. Shorter levels are automatically converted to the "----" level when a page is edited.
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Release notes for Socialtext 1.8

Please report serious bugs that keep you from getting your job done or small problems that you have noted to support@socialtext.com .

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

This page details the major feature additions and changes in Socialtext 1.8 from the previous version, Socialtext 1.7.2. The Socialtext Documentation page describes these new features in detail.

Changes

Simple Editing

Socialtext now allows Simple mode editing, which works much like a word processor. When you're editing a page, you can click on the toolbar buttons to format text, and your changes will appear on the screen right away.

You will still need to use Advanced mode for some actions such as editing tables, editing links, and including images in the page.

Simple Editing Known Issues

  • You need to format bold, italic, and strikethrough one paragraph at a time. If you select multiple paragraphs, the formatting will be distorted. You can clean up in advanced mode.
  • Some things your browser will let you do in Simple mode won't "take" when you Save. Examples are interactively resizing a table or an image, deleting an image, or indenting a list. A few other things, such as deleting an entire table, you may not be able to do at all. Use the Preview link before saving, and Edit More if you need to. Switch to Advanced mode when Simple mode doesn't do what you need.
  • Copy and paste from a web page or a word processor will preserve some, but not all, of the appearance of the page once it is saved in the workspace.
  • Safari users have access to advanced mode only, not simple mode.

Changes and bug fixes

  • When a user navigates away from a page that has unsaved changes, the system provides a warning and lets the user save work.
  • A new, top-level email menu has commands for sending and receiving email.
  • FetchRSS now supports Atom feeds. See Connections for detail.
  • Fixed a bug where sending a page with no title generated an application error.
  • Sending email to workspace using Apple mail.app now preserves attachments.
  • Strikethrough is less aggressive, so there will be fewer unintended strikethroughs. This happened frequently with emails sent to the workspace.
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Release notes for Socialtext 1.7.2

Please report serious bugs that keep you from getting your job done or small problems that you have noted to support@socialtext.com .

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

This page details the major feature additions and changes in Socialtext 1.7.2 from the previous version, Socialtext 1.7.1. The Socialtext Documentation page describes these new features in detail.

Changes - Easier Login

  • We have made it easier to log in to Socialtext workspaces. Usernames are no longer case-sensitive (although passwords still are case-sensitive). We've made it easier to reset your password if you forgot it, and we've added a feature to log out without closing the browser, and for the system to remember your login information.
  • Socialtext now uses relative font sizes, so you can use your browser's font size feature to control the size of displayed text.
  • By popular demand, workspace administrators once again have access to the "Invite" command in the top menu
  • New links for RSS feeds. The old urls will redirect to the new ones, so your existing subscriptions are not expected to break. The standard form for a Socialtext recent changes feed is now:
https://www2.socialtext.net/feed/workspace/<name_of_workspace>?category=Recent%20Changes

The old feeds were at:

http://www.socialtext.net/<name_of_workspace>/index.cgi?action=rss20;category=Recent%20Changes

Bug Fixes

  • We fixed a bug that adds spaces to some email addresses when sending a page by email to many recipients.
  • We fixed bugs that caused occasional slow performance and problems with searching.
  • A bug was fixed that prevented international utf-8 characters from being previewed correctly

Known Issues

  • The "Backlinks" sidebar, which displays pages that link to the current page, is not working correctly. New links are not being added to the backlinks to display.
  • By default, the page that is shown in the "My Favorites" sidebar box is the page named "My Favorites: my_user_id". You can choose a different page to display in the sidebar box by clicking on "Settings" in the top menu, and "Preferences/My Favorites" in the left menu.
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Release notes for Socialtext 1.7.1

Note: this page is not to be distributed. Is here for reference.

Release 1.7.1 is a bug fix release. Fixed bugs include:

  • 4085 correct some issues related to symlink between public and member dirs in eventspace
    • this includes sidebox failures, difficulties uploading attachments
  • 6990 correct switch failing when given a non-existent workspace
  • 7856 protect revision reversion in eventspace
  • 7945 correct prod to staging redirects
  • 6913 handle utf8 in page_name better
  • 6829 be defensive when using category index (bad data can cause failure)
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