May 132009
 

We’ve now scheduled the upgrade to MindTouch 2009 on the Mozilla Developer Center site! Our friends in IT have slated the upgrade to take place during this Thursday’s scheduled maintenance window (that’s May 14th).

This upgrade, once complete, will net us a number of crucial improvements, and will include back-end capabilities we’ll be leveraging soon as well.

Some of the key benefits we’ll get out of the new upgrade:

  • An improved diff feature. While I’ve made changes to our skin to support this, I think there may be a couple more that need to be done to best take advantage of the changes.
  • The recent changes page now has links directly to the diffs.
  • RSS feed entries have been changed to only show the portions of the content that have changed, instead of the entire article.
  • Talk pages now have a link back to the article they’re about.
  • You can now add edit comments to edits when you save them.
  • Search results now default to only showing results for the user’s preferred language, but can be changed to show results in other or all languages.
  • New tools for change notifications; we can now assign people to be notified when specific articles or hierarchies of articles are edited; this will soon be getting used to automatically request technical reviews from subject-matter experts.
  • Users can now disable search term highlighting on search results pages.
  • We’ll be able to clean up table of contents displays so they don’t show crazy deeply nested lists of headings.
  • Table of contents links are now simply links to the in-page anchor instead of a full URI. This will eliminate a lot of cases of pages reloading instead of just scrolling when navigating.

There are a number of other things, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind.

 Posted by at 2:13 PM

  3 Responses to “MDC upgrade to MindTouch 2009 scheduled”

  1. I just blogged about this, but wanted to comment here as well — I’d forgotten that MindTouch asked us to wait until their next patch before upgrading, to pick up some important bug fixes. So I’ve “unscheduled” this upgrade, and we should be doing it in about a week and a half or two weeks. Sorry to jump the gun!

  2. Table of contents links are now simply links to the in-page anchor instead of a full URI. This will eliminate a lot of cases of pages reloading instead of just scrolling when navigating.

    Is the case bug fixed for breadcrumbs, too? They currently point to an uppercase locale token, regardless of what the current page uses.

  3. Sevenspade – I don’t know about that one. I’m hoping so but if not, we’ll do some rewrite rules to work around it.