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  • Calendar with Skype integration

    Posted by: Fagbokforlaget admin 29. May 2018 15:46

    The system was updated to version e5a4d43 today. These are the changes:

    New features

    • Calendar with simple Skype integration that makes it possible for students and supervisors to create appointments between themselves.

    Enhancements

    • MathML embedding was made slightly stricter (TeX support removed) to avoid some potential browser bugs.
    • Portfolio now uses the more modern HTML5 doctype, which should make browser compatibility slightly better. This also removes all support for XHTML. HTML syntax is now the preferred markup. HTML is no longer cleaned on output, so the "invalid XHTML markup detected" message will no longer be seen.
    • JSON response mode is now available. All mutable request handlers should now automatically support JSON status feedback.

    Bugfixes

    • Deleting groups or institutions associated with PIN code series will no longer give error message.
    • The previous update made it impossible for institution admins to collect courses. This update restores that functionality.
    • Collection now uses the same permissions as the other group management features.
    • Compression of dynamic content on Opera and Safari is disabled because it truncates the end of some JavaScript code.
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  • Project groups, MathML embedding and multiple bugfixes and improvements

    Posted by: Fagbokforlaget admin 29. May 2018 15:46
    Today's update (76329b4) brings the following changes:

    New features

    • It is now possible for supervisors at institutions to create and manage their own groups. This should allow a long-requested feature, namely project groups.
    • MathML embedding now uses native HTML5 method via MathJax 2.0 library. Browsers without native MathML support uses fallback method.

    Enhancements

    • The list of groups associated with a user (my contacts) should now include all relevant groups.
    • The group management workflow has been rewritten and substantially cleaned up.
    • Invalid institution roles are no longer allowed in Manage institution page.
    • SVG rendering uses native HTML5 method if available. On Internet Explorer 8 or older traditional iframe embedding is used.
    • Upgraded to jQuery 1.7.2 and jQuery UI 1.8.18.

    Bugfixes

    • JavaScript apps without filename set should now render properly.
    • Fix a possible javaScript error on Internet Explorer 9 because of gzip compression.
    • Institution administrator role now displays properly in user profile.
    • Courses can be deleted again.
    • The assign to course action in collection now lists institution administrator again.
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  • New app API and lots of additional enhancements and bugfixes

    Posted by: Fagbokforlaget admin 29. May 2018 15:46

    Today's update (c018ee9) brings with it the following changes:

    New features

    • API for making JavaScript, Java and Flash apps in Portfolio. It is extensible, and other languages like SilverLight and Dart could quite easily be supported as well.
      • The editor field has been completely removed from object custom_init.
      • The codebase field (used by Java applets) has been completely removed from object custom_init.
      • The flash-settings, flash-data, java-settings and java-data object types should no longer be used (deprecated). You should use the object types app-input and app-output instead. They can be used by any app, regardless of implementation language.
    • New course_enrollment_ui() template handler. This makes it possible to create documents that allow students to enroll themselves into courses without institution administrator involvement.

    Enhancements

    • The search feature (top right in most templates) has been reimplemented, and now allows fairly easy addition of new search providers.
      • Translations for our supported languages are now also available.
      • Lexin search providers and others that use Latin1 encoding should now work with non-ASCII letters.
      • A good amount of Lexin nynorsk search providers have been added.
      • A lot of existing search providers have been updated with working URLs.
    • It is now possible to locate users in the new message dialog with autocomplete.
    • The course assignment to institution user-interface have been completely redesigned. It should now be much easier to assign course licenses to institutions, and also notice any excessive license usage.
    • Unlimited license count can now be accomplished by setting the license count to 0.
    • It is now possible to forcibly navigate to a course's root container when using nav_course request handler.

    Bugfixes

    • Plain textareas should now use a monospace font again.
    • When a user navigates to a course, their course progress is always updated.
    • Tables that used the tablesorter system should now properly sort cells with HTML in them.
    • Institution administrator role should now be reported properly in all reports.
    • Creating new groups with non-ASCII characters in them should no longer cause encoding error.
    • Invert checkboxes toggle in file manager should now work in Internet Explorer 7 and 8.
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  • New database server online

    Posted by: Fagbokforlaget admin 29. May 2018 15:46

    We've now upgraded our database server to a powerful Dell PowerEdge R710. This should give us quite a lot more of backend power, which should be apparent on the time it takes to render several types of reports.

    If you're still having problems with timeouts we'd appreciate the feedback.

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  • Better response time

    Posted by: Fagbokforlaget admin 29. May 2018 15:46

    We've just updated to version d635521, which should ensure the excessive response times we've been seeing lately to be a lot lower.

    A small fix for grammar mistakes in the Swedish version of the CEFR placement test email report has also been included.

    A new server will be added on Friday, which should further increase the response time. Pay attention to the message of the day, it will inform you when this new hardware will be installed. The system will be offline while we install this new hardware.

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