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Release Notes for XWiki Enterprise 1.6

The focus for the 1.6 release was on having beta versions of new rendering and new WYSIWYG editor, improving the stability and performance.

Changes since XWiki Enterprise 1.5.x

1. Beta version of new rendering and new WYSIWYG editor

  • New experimental WYSIWYG editor (Work In Progress)

    The look & feel is not the final one. Please look at the new WYSIWYG Design page to see what it'll look like (except for the colors which will be different). To activate the new editor you must be logged with admin rights, go to the page you wish to edit, change the Syntax of the page to 

    2. Usability Improvements

    • Improved page footer displaying : comments, attachments, history, various information pagebottom.png
    • New "Password Renewal and Forgot Username" feature
    • Rights Management interface now support adding groups into groups  

    3. Platform Improvements

    • Default account validation & confirmation emails provided in the wiki preferences
    • Added .xml extensions to all exported wiki pages (XAR)
    • The generated HTML for wiki titles now start at h1 instead of h2
    • The name of the main database in virtual wiki mode is not hardcoded to 'xwiki' anymore, and in virtual mode all database names can be prefixed with a configurable value
    • Improvement of Query Manager which was introduced in 1.6M1. The purpose of the Query Manager is to allow using multiple Query Languages and manage them (HQL is one such language). The changes are:
      • Ability to use positional parameters in Query (only named parameters supported earlier).
      • Ability to add a new Query Language easily simply by adding a JAR to the Classpath.
    • New experimental XWiki Query Language called XWQL. More about the language in XWQL design page. The Main syntax and a translator to HQL are implemented. It currently requires programming rights to use in scripts. The current XWQL syntax is not the final one. We'd like some feedback to improve it. The language will fully replace current 

4. Translations

  • New or improved translations:
    • german
    • french
    • czech
    • norwegian
    • ukrainian


  • Use of "." in LDAP logins fixed 

6. Important bugs fixed

  • Various fixes in the watchlist:
    • Watchlist now works with platform 1.5 and 1.6
    • Fixed rights checks in multiwiki mode
    • Fixed RSS feed generation in multiwiki
  • In some context URLFactory generate URL with wrong server/domain 

7. Others

  • XWIKI-2623 - Update MSSQL hibernate mapping file and ship it with xwiki distributions
  • XE-300 - The treeview should sort spaces by their name 
  • XWIKI-2573 - viewrev action fails with ugly stacktrace for documents with attachments when no revision number is requested
  • XWIKI-2649 - xwiki.authentication.ldap.mode_group_sync is not "always" by default
  • XE-244 - Upgrade IzPack installer to version 4.0.1 

Known issues

Common Migration notes

If you're running in a multiwiki setup you'll also need to define the property to your xwiki.cfg file or explicitely name all databases to be migrated as in,db2,....

You may also want to import the default wiki XAR in order to benefit from improvements listed above. Make sure you read the XWiki upgrade guide before importing the new XAR since it can cause an overwrite of changes you made to some pages.

Always make sure you compare your xwiki.cfg file with the newest version since some configuration parameters were added. Of note, you should add so that XWiki will attempt to automatically migrate your current database to the new schema. Make sure you backup your Database before doing anything.


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