Top 10 Features introduced in 2.x cycle

1.User Interface Improvements

Colibri skin

XWiki 2.0 introduces a new, lightweight, easily customizable skin. The main goal of the Colibri skin is to provide the proper support for fast and easy modifications of the look and feel of the wiki.

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See Colibri skin documentation for more details.

Color Theme Editor

The new editor allows fast and easy modifications for the look and feel of the wiki. You'll find in this editor 

  • A new way of displaying themes on the "Color Themes" space home

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  • The ability to create a new theme from the "Color Theme" space home

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  • A palette for each area you are editing with a popup listing everything you can customize at this level

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  • A dialog where you can make the desired changes

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  • The possibility to undo the latest modifications or reset all changes

Read more about Color Themes on the dedicated application page.

New Search Interface

The default search page UI has been improved to be easier to understand and use.

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Further improvements to the edit UI

After the improvements to the object and class editors introduced in 1.8 and 2.4, the wiki and WYSIWYG editors also see some enhancements in this release, bringing in some of the proposed changes from an older proposal, with some additional improvements. Specifically:

  • A new label for the content area in the wiki editor:

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  • A more descriptive label for the version summary field
  • Better positioning of the "minor edit" option
  • Better positioning and display of the "autosave" option

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Preliminary optional accessibility stylesheet

Moving further on the quest for better accessibility in the XWiki platform, we introduced a preliminary stylesheet which makes the skin slightly more accessible to people with visual disabilities: bigger fonts by default, and underlined links to make them more easily distinguished by colorblind people. This stylesheet can either be activated globally in a wiki, or individually from each user's preferences.

Enabling the special stylesheet:

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Bigger fonts and underlined links:

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More consistent use of user avatars

Avatars now come in three default sizes:

  • small avatars, 30px wide, used in secondary actions and where there's very little space available
  • medium avatars, 50px wide, the preferred and most frequent display option for avatars
  • large avatars,120px wide, to be used where a large version of the avatar must be displayed (for example in the user profile)

Accordingly, the wiki dashboard has been changed to use the medium avatars, and as a new feature user avatars are displayed in the comments area.

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Four new velocity macros have been added for making it easier to display avatars:

  • #smallUserAvatar('XWiki.username')
  • #mediumUserAvatar('XWiki.username')
  • #largeUserAvatar('XWiki.username')
  • #resizedUserAvatar('XWiki.username', 100) which allows resizing an avatar to a custom size

User avatars are also displayed in annotations.

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2.Annotations

The scope of this feature is to allow users to annotate text in a XWiki document. With the new feature you can:

  • Make annotations by selecting the text and pressing

    Ctrl + M (Meta + M)
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  • Show annotations on your page

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  • See an annotation for a text item by hovering over the yellow icon next to it

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  • Edit and delete annotations straight from the page

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  • Manage annotations from the "Annotations" tab

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You can find a more detailed description of the annotations feature on the documentation page.

3.Improvements to Action Menus

  • New Add menu: Use the "Add" menu to create new spaces, pages, add attachments and comments.

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  • Improved Wiki and Space menus: You may now access the document index straight from the wiki & space menus.

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  • New Page menu: Integrates the Watch, Copy, Rename and Delete actions.

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  • The Edit, Export, More actions and Profile menus also benefited from a refresh.

Visible content menu when scrolling down

When scrolling down on a document, the content menu will follow, so the user will not have to scroll up on top of the page in order to access it.

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4.Anonymous commenting with Captcha

Now thanks to the captcha module you can require unregistered users to solve a captcha in order to post comments. To require guests to solve a captcha simply go to the "Rights" section of the Administration Application for the wiki or just the space, and check the box saying "Require unregistered users to solve a captcha when posting a comment on a page". Note This box does not give guests permission to comment, it only adds a requirement for commenting if they already have permission.
This feature is documented here.
Sample:

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Easier development of configurable applications using XWiki.ConfigurableClass

If you are developing an application and you need to provide your users with a way to configure it from the Administration Application you are in luck. All you need to do is create a custom class holding all of the configuration for your application, then add an object of your custom configuration class and an object of XWiki.Configurable class. You will be able to configure your application from the administration interface.
The following is an image of the administration interface with additional applications to be configured (you can customize the icon used).

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Note the current user does not have permission to edit one of the configurable applications.

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