Macrotone August 2014 Newsletter
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Time for change
All things have their own time and we decided to implement a change to our site design. We mentioned it in our last newsletter and have, after resolving a particularly nasty problem with a conflict between two jQuery plugins, bitten the bullet and made the first of a number of planned changes. The new design is based upon Bootstrap 3 and is very streamlined and fully supported for mobile devices.
There are still a few things with which we are not totally content with but these will be addresses in the forthcoming weeks as the new template embeds itself. All major problems were ironed out in our testing but there are those little annoying gremlins still lurking in remote corners. These are mainly CSS problems caused by the move to Bootstrap 3, and changes related to the use of 'Font Awesome Icons' instead of Gylphicons.
Another change has been to move the site to the latest Joomla release 3.3. Joomla 2.5, as you are no doubt aware, comes to its end of life at the end of the year, so it was time to plan for a migration. This was one of the contributing factors in changing our site template. We didn't want to make a change to the template and a new Joomla version at the same time and decided to split the two tasks out. The upgrade itself went fairly smoothly with the only a couple of problems seen only on the live site. The first was that immediately after the upgrade we were unable to make any changes to module in the back end. This was resolved by clearing the browser cache but took a little while to find the cause. A subsequent problem was later encountered with the download component we use, which although upgraded successfully with no reported errors, had unfortunately not updated one of the component tables. This was swiftly resolved although there may have been some inconvenience to visitors trying to download files, between when the problem was discovered to its resolution. Joomla 3.4 has a revised schedule release date of September 15th so we are now nicely positioned for any further releases.
One consequence of the change is that our component design work will now start with Joomla 3.x and we will then perform any specific Joomla 2.5 changes later. This is a change in the strategy of starting with the Joomla 2.5 version.
Issue Tracker News
Issue Tracker 1.6.3 release.
This release builds upon the earlier 1.6.2 release resolving newly discovered opportunities for enhancement and also adding more requested changes.
There are numerous small changes implemented resulting in improved usability and functionality.The list is quite long and they are listed in the 'Changelog'. The changes include the following:
The fixes included in the release are as follows:
IP Mapping News
Work has started upon the next version of IP Mapping, the major change of which is expected to be the inclusion of support for HTML5 geolocation determination. This is a divergence and possible alternative to the current use of IP to location mapping. There has been an awareness for some time that the accuracy of the IP location mapping can be very questionable at times, with an actual location being widely different from the true location of the visitor, in some cases a few hundred miles away.
HTML5 geolocation is the ability of the browser itself to provide an accurate user location, but requires the users agreement to share their location with the site. When a user browser visits a HTML5 geolocation aware site, the user is prompted with a request This prompting could become very annoying to users, especially if it were the plugin default, since most (all) browsers seem to be HTML5 geolocation ready. For that reason the feature will be optional. If the option is enabled the intent is that only the first visit to the site, within a parameter specified defined time period, would cause the prompt to appear. If the user declines to share their location with the site then the existing IP location determination would continue to be used.
Another change expected in 1.2.4 will be the ability to define which fields are displayed in the back end location display. The display of the latitude and longitude, and phase information for an IP address whilst available is not something that one necessarily is all that interested in seeing all the while. For that reason these and a few of the other columns will be configuration options.
Password Control News
Password Control 0.1.2 released.
This release supports the additional encryption mechanisms introduced with Joomla 3.3 and also supports the 'new' Joomla 3 user password reset required flag. It continues to implement more Code Refactorisation and also now the jQuery-ui version 1.10.4. This specific change also required some additional css to resolve a 'banding' issue with the 1.10.4 version when the Dialog window is displayed.
We would like to thank Christof Rimle (crimle) for his updates and completion of the de-DE (German) translation of Issue Tracker.
We would like to repeat that all our translators provide their services free of charge, and to thank them on behalf of all our users who make use of their work.
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