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Version 1.8.6
(June 18, 2012 from
Contributing Developers:
* Cash Costello
* Evan Winslow
* Ismayil Khayredinov
* Jeff Tilson
* Jerome Bakker
* Paweł Sroka
* Sem
* Steve Clay
* New ajax spinner
* Detecting docx, xlsx, and pptx files in file plugin
* Showing ajax spinner when uploading file with embed plugin
* Fixed some language caching issues.
* Users can add sub-pages to another user's page in a group.
* Over 30 other bug fixes.
Version 1.8.5
(May 17, 2012 from
Contributing Developers:
* Brett Profitt
* Evan Winslow
* Sem
* Steve Clay
* Jeroen Dalsem
* Jerome Bakker
Security Enhancements:
* Fixed possible XSS vulnerability if using a crafted URL.
* Fixed exploit to bypass new user validation if using a crafted form.
* Fixed incorrect caching of access lists that could allow plugins
to show private entities to non-admin and non-owning users. (Non-exploitable)
* Twitter API: New users are forwarded to the correct page after creating
an account with Twitter.
* Files: PDF files are downloaded as "inline" to display in the browser.
* Fixed possible duplication errors when writing metadata with multiple values.
* Fixed possible upgrade issue if using a plugin uses the system_log hooks.
* Fixed problems when enabling more than 50 metadata or annotations.
* River entries' timestamps use elgg_view_friendly_time() and can be
overridden with the friendly time output view.
Version 1.8.4
(April 24, 2012 from
Contributing Developers:
* Adayth Talavera
* Brett Profitt
* Cash Costello
* Evan Winslow
* Ismayil Khayredinov
* Janek Lasocki-Biczysko
* Jerome Baker
* Sem
* Steve Clay
* Webgalli
Security Enhancements:
* Fixed an issue in the web services auth.get_token endpoint that
would give valid auth tokens to invalid credentials. Thanks to
Christian for reporting this!
* Fixed an that could show which plugins are loaded on a site.
* UI: All bundled plugins' list pages display a no content message if there is nothing to list.
* UI: Site default access is limited to core access levels.
* UI: Showing a system message to the admin if plugins are disabled with the "disabled"
magic file.
* UI: Added transparent backgrounds for files and pages icons.
* External (Site) Pages: If in Wall Garden mode, Site Pages use the Walled Garden
theme when logged out.
* UI: Database errors only show the query to admin users.
* UI: Cannot set the data path to a relative path in installation or site settings.
* UI: Cleaned up notifications for bundled plugins.
* UI: Hiding crop button if no avatar is uploaded.
* UI: Bundled plugins are displayed with a gold border in the plugin admin area.
* UI: Can see all the categories a plugin belongs to.
* Web Services: Multiple tokens allowed for users.
* API: More efficient entity loading.
* API: Added IP address to system log.
* API: Languages are cached.
* API: ElggBatch supports disabling offsets for callbacks that delete entities.
* API: Cleaned up the boot process.
* API: Fixed situation in which the cache isn't properly cleared if a file can't be unlinked.
* UI: Tags display in the case they were saved.
* UI: Friendly titles keep -s.
* UI: Removed pagination in friends widget.
* UI: Profile settings actions correctly displays error messages as errors.
* UI: Tag search works for tags with spaces.
* UI: Fixed river display for friending that happens during registration.
* Groups: Link for managing join requests is restored in the sidebar.
* Walled Garden: Cron and web services endpoints are exposed as public sites.
* The Wire: UTF usernames are correctly linked with @ syntax.
* The Wire: No longer selecting the "Mine" tab for users who aren't you.
* Blogs: Notifications restored.
* Message Board: Fixed delete.
* Groups: Forwarding to correct page if trying to access closed group.
* API: entities loaded via elgg_get_entities_from_relationship() have the correct time_created.
* API: Deleting entities recursively works when code is logged out.
* API: Fixed multiple uses of deprecated functions.
Version 1.8.3
(January 12, 2012 from
* Adds a white list for ajax views
* Improved navigation tab options
* Added group specific search
* Added button for reverting avatar
* Improved documentation for core class attributes
* Adds a server info page under administer -> statistics
* Improving caching of icons and js/css
* Deprecation notices not displayed to non-admin users
* Fixed upgrade scripts for blog posts and groups forum posts
* Can now delete invitations to invisible groups
* Fixed several widget bugs
* Fixed access level on add to group river item
* Fixed recursive entity enabling
* Fixed limit on pages in sidebar navigation
* Fixed deletion of large numbers of annotations
Version 1.8.2
(December 21, 2011 from
* Added a 404 page
* Widgets controls now using the menu system
* Admins can edit users' account information
* Embed uploader supports uploading into groups
* Add a control panel widget for easy access to cache flushing and upgrading
* Comments now have a unqiue URL with fragment identifier
* JavaScript language files are cacheable
* jQuery form script only loaded when required
* Fixed default widgets
* Fixed activity filtering
* Embedding an image now inserts a medium sized image
* Search plugin only uses mbstring extension if enabled
* Site pages links returned to footer
* Fixed URL creation for users with non-ASCII characters in username
* The wire username parsing supports periods in usernames
* Returned the posting area to the main wire page
* Fixed layout issue on pages with a fragment identifier in URL
* Added support for call elgg_load_js() in header and footer
* Fixed user picker
* Fixed uservalidationbyemail plugin ignoring the actions of other plugins
* Fixed bug preventing the creation of admin users
* Fixed deleting a widget with JavaScript disabled
* Fixed many bugs in the unit/integration tests
Version 1.8.1
(November 16, 2011 from
* Completed styling of user validation admin page
* Adding rel=nofollow for non-trusted links
* Added direct icon loading for profile avatars in profile plugin
* Improved the structure of content views to make styling easier
* Updated version of jQuery to 1.6.4
* Added basic support for icon size customization
* Added a toggle for gallery/list view in file plugin
* Added support for passing CSS classes to icon views
* Added support for non http URLs to Elgg's normalize functions
* Added better support for the 404 forward if a page handler does handle a request
* Fixed autocomplete and userpicker
* Fixed RSS and web service-related view types
* Fixed walled garden display issues
* Added work around for IE/TinyMCE/embed insert problem
* Implemented ElggUser.isAdmin() JavaScript method
* Fixed the date views and JavaScript datepicker
* Fixed horizontal radio buttons styling
* Modules only display header if there is content for it
Version 1.8.1b
(October 11, 2011 from git://
* New group activity widget for user dashboard.
* Added more sprites.
* version.php information cached instead of loaded 100s of times.
* Added class elgg-autofocus to add focus on inputs when the page loads.
* Admins can edit user avatars again.
* Added a filter for non-bundled plugins in plugin admin.
* Improvements to admin area theme.
* Fixed site dropdown menu for IE.
* ElggEntity->deleteMetadata() no longer deletes all metadata ever if
called on an unsaved entity.
* Fixed Embed plugin.
* Fixed activate and deactivate all plugins.
* Fixed URL for group membership request in notification email.
* Fixed log browser plugin's admin area display.
* Fixed RSS icon not showing up on some pages.
* Fixed river entries for forum posts that were lost if upgrading from 1.7.
* Better displaying of errors when activating, deactivating, or
reordering plugins.
* Fixed Developer Plugin's inspection tool.
* Fixed avatar cropping on IE 7.
* Bookmarks plugin accepts URLs with dashes.
* "More" menu item on site menu hidden if items are manually specified.
* Fixed hover menu floating if unrestrained.
* JS init, system fired when DOM and languages are read.
* Fixed the date picker input view.
* Fixed stack overflow when calling elgg_view() from a pagesetup
* Menu links no longer have empty titles and confirm attributes.
* Fixed crash when attempting to change password to an invalid value.
* Fixed "More groups" link for groups widget.
* Fixed output/confirmlink to use a default question if not specified.
* Added missing language strings. Also added "new", "add", and "create".
* Registered security token refresh page as external to avoid token refresh
problems on Walled Garden sites.
* Displaying more accurate message if uploading an avatar fails.
* "Leave group" button doesn't display for group owners.
* Request group membership button displays only when logged in.
* Fixed the number of displayed items for Bookmarks widget.
* Fixed fallback to deprecated views for widgets.
API changes:
* Menus names must be unique to the entire menu, not just section.
* Input views that encode text use the option 'encode_text'.
* Added ElggPlugin->getFriendlyName().
* elgg_view_icon() accepts a class.
* Added hook output:before, page.
* Added hook output:before, layout.
* elgg_get_entities() and related functions return false if passed
valid options with invalid values.
* Can disable the user hover menu by passing hover => false to
elgg_view_icon(). Previously it was override => true.
* Embed plugin uses menu system. See readme for embed plugin.
* Manifest attributes are no longer translated via elgg_echo().
* Fixed livesearch ajax endpoint.
* Fixed site unit test.
* Unit tests tidy up after themselves better.
* forward() throws an exception if headers are already sent.
* Better errors if adding a user through admin area fails.
* Localized profile fields.
* Added 'is_trusted' parameter output/url to avoid escaping and filtering.
Defaults to false.
* Added elgg_unregister_action()
* Fixed ElggPriorityList::rewind().
* Fixed forwarding after login for login-protected pages.
* get_site_by_url() respects class inheritance for subclassing ElggSite.
Internal changes:
* Updated deprecated uses of internalname/id.
* Using wwwroot instead of www_root because of inconsistencies.
Version 1.8.0 (Jackie)
(September 5th, 2011 from git://
Elgg 1.8 contains the most changes in Elgg since the transition from Elgg
0.9 to Elgg 1.0. The core team tried to make the transition as smooth as
possible, but in the interest of following standards and simplifying the
development process for core and third party developers, we have made
changes that will require updating plugins. We believe these changes
will help Elgg development be easier for everyone.
It is unreasonable and unhelpful to list the full details of all changes in
this file. Instead, we will list the high level, overarching changes to
systems. If you are interested in the specifics, Elgg 1.8's source code is
highly documented and serves as a good guide and the git commit log can
provide excruciating details of what has changed between 1.7 and 1.8.
Please post your feedback, questions, and comments to the community site
at As always, thank you for using Elgg!
--The Elgg Core Development Team
A tip about updating plugins:
It's not difficult to update 1.7 plugins for 1.8. There is a detailed
document outlining this process on the wiki:
The basic process is:
1. Clean up the plugin to make sure it conforms to coding standards,
official structure, and best practices.
2. Update any uses of deprecated functions. Functions deprecated in 1.7 will
produce visible notices in 1.8!
3. Use the new manifest format.
4. Use the new menu functions.
5. Use the new JS features.
6. Update the views to use core CSS helper functions and classes instead of
writing your own.
The documentation directory and the wiki has more information.
User-visible changes:
* New default theme.
* New installation.
* Separate and updated admin interface.
* Updated plugin themes.
Generic API changes:
* Improved the markup and CSS.
* Restructured and simplified the views layouts.
* Added a new menu system.
* Added new CSS and JS file registration functions.
* Added a JS engine.
* Added a breadcrumb system.
* Added a sticky forms system.
New plugins:
* Dashboard - The activity stream is now the default index page. A 1.7-style
dashboard is provided through the dashboard plugin.
* Developers Plugins - Developer tools.
* Likes - Allows users to "like" other users' content.
* oAuth API - A generic, reusable oAuth library.
* Tag Cloud - A widget-based tag cloud generator.
* Twitter API - A generic Twitter library that allows signin with Twitter
and pushing content to tweets. Replaces twitter_service.
Deprecated plugins:
* captcha - Captchas have long since stopped being useful as a deterrent
against spam.
* crontrigger - Real cron should be used.
* default_widgets - This functionality is now part of core.
* friends - This functionality is now part of core.
* riverdashboard - Displaying the river (activity stream) is default in
core. The original dashboard can be restored by the new Dashboard plugin.
* twitter_service - Replaced by Twitter API.
Elgg was released immediately after 1.8.0 to correct a problem in