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The Big Day

So today is The Big Day™ for UM Wiki and we're pretty excited. To summarize what's new:

  • Look and Feel This is the first thing you'll probably notice although it's merely cosmetics. The attempt was to bring the appearance of the wiki more inline with U Relations provided guidelines. There's room for improvement on this front still but any nearterm changes will be minor.
  • Updated Edit Functionality Courtesy of an add on called Nat Edit we now have a helper toolbar on the Edit Screen. More info on this will be forthcoming.
  • Shorter URLs Links to wiki.umn.edu/twiki/bin/ will now automatically redirect to wiki.umn.edu/. Thus wiki.umn.edu/twiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome will become wiki.umn.edu/view/Main/WebHome. This should make for more readable/e-mailable and even speakable UM Wiki links without breaking links to the longer paths.
  • Permissions Check Before Save This is the single most important change and we couldn't be more thrilled about it. When you save a Wiki Topic now, UM Wiki will automatically check to see if you will still have access to that Topic with your new changes in place. If the answer is "no" then you will see an alert asking you to go back in the browser and check your changes.
  • Plug-in Updates UM Wiki uses a lot of TWiki plug-ins to provide enhanced functionality. A large number of these plug-ins were due for an update.

We'll be rolling these changes out gradually over the course of the morning and into the early afternoon. Please let us know via e-mail to wiki@umn.edu if you notice any problems on the production server. There will likely be a brief outage to bring shorter URLs into effect. Please allow for intermittent availability between 12pm and 1pm.




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