To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments.
- Webform emails have been fixed to correctly send as HTML. Each field will be shown on a single line (except multiline fields) with the field title bolded. If you want to get really fancy with your webform emails, you can create your own email templates.
- We’re now using the Open Source Media Framework’s Strobe Player to play videos on the site. This improves the playback performance with better support for buffering streaming videos, so the content will load faster for you.
- The “waveform” or “equalizer” feature on some of the top-level pages, like Student Life and Academics had so many stories that the title of the page wasn’t displaying. This is a good problem to have, and it’s now fixed in all browsers except Internet Explorer.
- The Online Donor Roll is now configured to automatically switch from using the Banner reporting database to the Banner production database in the event that the reporting database is not available.
- Lots of fixes to the New Edit Console, including a way to go back to the old Edit Console if you decide you don’t like it.
- Upgraded WordPress to version 3.1.1 and upgraded the XML Google Maps plugin.
- Added the Stout Google Calendar plugin allow easier embedding of Google Calendars.
- Added the Plugin Stats and Theme Usage Info to allow admins to monitor plugin usage and remove unused ones.
- Posts with multiple authors (like this one) will now show information about all of the authors at the bottom of the post when you’re in a single post view. If you don’t appear in the list of authors on a post where you’re an author, you may need to configure your profile in WordPress.
- The FeedBurner FeedPress plugin will no longer redirect all of your tag feeds to the blogs main feed address. You can now use this plugin and tag feeds at the same time.
- Audio file in the BBC SoundFX Library now play in all browsers.
Interesting news and posts from around the web about web development this week.
- Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview available, extends native HTML5 support
- YouTube goes Live
- Google Translate – Now with Voice Input
- Maqetta – Visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces – in the browser!
- HTTP re-engineered for Chrome resulting in a 50% page load speed boost
- End of Life for Flock
- Firefox 5 will have support for Webkit’s CSS Animations