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4 = Top 10 Features introduced in 2.x cycle =
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6 == 1.User Interface Improvements ==
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8 === Colibri skin ===
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10 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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12 [[[[image:home-small.png||style="border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);"]]>>http://www.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Main/ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise20/home.png]]
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14 See [[Colibri skin documentation>>extensions:Extension.Colibri Skin]] for more details.
15
16 === Color Theme Editor ===
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18 The new editor allows fast and easy modifications for the look and feel of the wiki. You'll find in this editor
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20 * A new way of displaying themes on the "Color Themes" space home(((
21 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@AvailableThemes.png
22 )))
23 * The ability to create a new theme from the "Color Theme" space home(((
24 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@CreateNewTheme.png
25 )))
26 * A palette for each area you are editing with a popup listing everything you can customize at this level(((
27 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@EditMenu.png
28 )))
29 * A dialog where you can make the desired changes(((
30 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@EditMenu1.png
31 )))
32 * The possibility to undo the latest modifications or reset all changes
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34 Read more about Color Themes on the dedicated [[application page>>extensions:Extension.Color Theme Application]].
35
36 === Improvements to Action Menus ===
37
38 * New Add menu: Use the "Add" menu to create new spaces, pages, add attachments and comments.(((
39 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@AddMenu.png||style="border: 1px solid black;"]]
40 )))
41 * Improved Wiki and Space menus: You may now access the document index straight from the wiki & space menus.(((
42 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@WikiMenu.png||style="border: 1px solid black;"]] [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@SpaceMenu.png||style="border: 1px solid black;"]]
43 )))
44 * New Page menu: Integrates the Watch, Copy, Rename and Delete actions.(((
45 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@PageMenu.png||style="border: 1px solid black;"]]
46 )))
47 * The Edit, Export, More actions and Profile menus also benefited from a refresh.
48
49 === New Profile UI ===
50
51 Complete **overhaul of the Profile UI**: better display of the user information, recent changes by the user are shown, different tabs for user details, user settings, and watchlist information:
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53 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22@profile.png
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55 Improved inline-based editing for modifying profile details:
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57 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22@profileedit.png
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59 Inclusion of the **WatchList manager** page into the Profile as a tab:
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61 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22@watchlist.png
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63 Added a tab in the //Profile// for managing **user preferences**, which is currently rather small, but will be improved later to include more settings:
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65 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22@preferences.png
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67 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22@preferencesedit.png
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69 User profiles have been converted to XWiki Syntax 2.0
70
71 === Visible content menu when scrolling down ===
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73 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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75 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@ActionMenu.png||style="border: 1px solid black;"]]
76
77 === New Search Interface ===
78
79 The default search page UI has been improved to be easier to understand and use.
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81 [[image:ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise20M1@newsearchui.png||style="border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 600px;"]]
82
83 === Preliminary optional accessibility stylesheet ===
84
85 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.
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87 Enabling the special stylesheet:
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89 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@a11y-enable.png]]
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91 Bigger fonts and underlined links:
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93 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@a11y.png]]
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95 === More consistent use of user avatars ===
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97 Avatars now come in three default sizes:
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99 * small avatars, 30px wide, used in secondary actions and where there's very little space available
100 * medium avatars, 50px wide, the preferred and most frequent display option for avatars
101 * large avatars,120px wide, to be used where a large version of the avatar must be displayed (for example in the user profile)
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103 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.
104 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@comment-avatars.png]]
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106 Four new velocity macros have been added for making it easier to display avatars:
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108 * ###smallUserAvatar('XWiki.username')##
109 * ###mediumUserAvatar('XWiki.username')##
110 * ###largeUserAvatar('XWiki.username')##
111 * ###resizedUserAvatar('XWiki.username', 100)## which allows resizing an avatar to a custom size
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113 User avatars are also displayed in annotations.
114 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@annotation-avatars.png]]
115
116 === UI for Deleted documents & attachments ===
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118 While deleted documents and attachments have been stored in a trash instead of being completely deleted since XWiki 1.2, there was no general interface for viewing the contents of the trash. This has been remedied by the introduction of two new tabs in the wiki's Document Index, //Deleted Documents// and //Deleted Attachments//.
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120 [[image:ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22M1@trash1.png]]
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122 Both use the livetable, thus allowing filtering and ordering for easier browsing. A document from the trash can be viewed, permanently deleted, or restored if the location is still available.
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124 [[image:ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22M1@trash2.png]]
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126 The attachment trash contains only attachments deleted from a document, and not attachments that were deleted together with their owner document; in the latter case, the attachments are kept together with the document in the document trash. For attachments, there is no restore option yet, it will be implemented in a future release.
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128 [[image:ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise22M1@trash3.png]]
129
130 === Further improvements to the edit UI ===
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132 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>>http://incubator.myxwiki.org/xwiki/bin/Improvements/ImprovedEdit]], with some additional improvements. Specifically:
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134 * A new label for the content area in the wiki editor:(((
135 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@edit-header.png
136 )))
137 * A more descriptive label for the version summary field
138 * Better positioning of the "minor edit" option
139 * Better positioning and display of the "autosave" option
140 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise25@edit-footer.png]]
141
142 == 2.Annotations ==
143
144 The scope of this feature is to allow users to annotate text in a XWiki document. With the new feature you can:
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146 * Make annotations by selecting the text and pressing(((
147 Ctrl + M (Meta + M)
148 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@NewAnnotation.png
149 )))
150 * Show annotations on your page(((
151 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@ShowAnnotation.png
152 )))
153 * See an annotation for a text item by hovering over the yellow icon next to it(((
154 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@HoverAnnotation.png
155 )))
156 * Edit and delete annotations straight from the page(((
157 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@EditAnnotation.png
158 )))
159 * Manage annotations from the "Annotations" tab(((
160 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@AnnotationsTab.png
161 )))
162
163 You can find a more detailed description of the annotations feature on the [[documentation page>>platform:Features.Annotations]].
164
165 == 3.Activity Stream ==
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167 * Overhaul of the Recent Changes section of the Dashboard:(((
168 * New UI
169 * Support for more events compared to the previous Recent Changes: annotations, comments, document deletion
170 * It's now called Recent Activity (was called Recent Changes)
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172 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise26RC1@activityMacro||style="border: 1px solid black;"]]
173 )))
174
175 == 4.Invitation Manager Application ==
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177
178 The Invitation Manager application allows users to send emails, inviting friends and colleagues to join a wiki. You will be able to configure your wiki to send emails through an open mail relay on the server or through an email account of your choosing.
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180 image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise24@InvitationSending.png
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182 Read more about this application and learn how to configure it by visiting the [[application page>>extensions:Extension.Invitation Application]].
183
184 == 4.Anonymous commenting with Captcha ==
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186 Now thanks to the [[captcha module>>extensions:Extension.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>>extensions:Extension.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.
187 [[This feature is documented here.>>platform:AdminGuide.Configuration]]
188 Sample:
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190 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@CommentCaptcha.png||style="border: 1px solid black;" width="550px;"]]
191
192 == 5.New Template-based page creation ==
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194 Starting with XWiki Enterprise 2.4 users and applications can provide documents that can be used as template when creating new pages. The new document content (content, objects and other metadata) will be replicated from the template.
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196 * After you have [[created the template and the template provider>>extensions:Extension.Administration Application#HEasyTemplatesCreationandAdministration28StartingwithXWikiEnterprise2.4M229]] you can then start creating pages from this template:
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198 [[image:platform:Features.DocumentLifecycle@CreatePageFromTemplate.png]]
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200 * "Wanted Links" also offers the choice to create the new document from the available templates ( "My Template" template in the image below):
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202 [[image:platform:Features.DocumentLifecycle@1ipopup.png]]
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204 Find more details about the template creation and administration on the [[documentation page>>extensions:Extension.Administration Application#HEasyTemplatesCreationandAdministration28StartingwithXWikiEnterprise2.4M229]].
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206
207 == 6.Clustering ==
208 XWiki provides an easy way to setup clustered instances of XWiki based on network events distribution.
209
210 * events synchronization between XWiki instances
211 * multiple clustering channels
212 * possibility to start stop clustering channel at runtime
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214 Follow the [[Clustering Admin Guide >>platform:AdminGuide.Clustering]] and [[Clustering Tutorial >>platform:AdminGuide.DistributedEventClusterSetup]] for a complete tutorial on how to setup a simple cluster between two instances of XWiki on the same server.
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216 == 7.Easier development of configurable applications using [[XWiki.ConfigurableClass>>extensions:Extension.Administration Application#HMaking20your20application20easily20configurable20with203Ctt3EConfigurableClass3C2Ftt3E20Since2023M1]] ==
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218 If you are developing an application and you need to provide your users with a way to configure it from the [[Administration Application>>extensions:Extension.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.
219 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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221 [[image:ReleaseNotes.ReleaseNotesXWikiEnterprise23M1@AdministrationPanelExtraIcons.png||style="border: 1px solid black;" width="550px;"]]
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223 Note the current user does not have permission to edit one of the configurable applications.

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