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Posted By: herve
Date: 2006-12-01 17:12
Summary:News 1.50

I am very pleased and very proud to present you a new version of the Xoops News module. Contrary to what I had decided, this new version brings many new functionalities. The first good news for you, users of this module, is that you will not have to wait for the version 2. I wanted to completly rewrite the module's code (in the version 2) before to add some new functionalities but it requires a very important amount of work, that's why I have decided to add some of them now to this new version wich can be considered as an intermediate release. As a result, it is labeled 1.50 and not 1.45 In a certain manner, I'm following the steps of the Xoops Core with its serie of versions 2.0.x before the big new one. The News module is coming with really many new and innovative features. As used, there is a set of bugs corrections but you will see some very interesting new possibilities in the module. The second good news is that we have created our Open Source Internet company, [url=http://www.instant-zero.com][b]Instant Zero[/b][/url], and this one will assume the module's development, spread and support. [url=http://www.instant-zero.com]Instant Zero[/url] is composed of four famous french Xoopsers, Christian, Marco, Philou and myself ;-) My other modules, like Newbbex, Marquee, Shortcuts, MyIframe, iSearch, UserPage and Boox will be also developped, supported and spread out by our company. Now let's go back to the module. First of all, and before to see the new features, we are calling for help for the module's translations and for the documentation. Translators, you will find an updated version of the file [i]lang.diff[/i] at the root of the module's archive. [url=http://xoops.instant-zero.com/modules/liaise/?form_id=2]Contact us if you have updated some translations or added a new one[/url] Concerning the module's documentation, it has been modified and enhanced but actually it is still "only" available in french. Like for the translations, we are asking for help. [url=http://xoops.instant-zero.com/modules/liaise/?form_id=2]So if you can correctly translate the document in another language, please write us (this will be useful for the whole community)[/url] [b]New features[/b] Here is a "quick" tour of the new functionnalities added to the module (see the file changelog.txt in the module for a full listing of all the modifications) - First, I have added a block to show archives - Secondly, all the module's blocks can be used as many times as you want   because you can use an "on the fly" function - You have a new page called "Who's who" showing you a list of the authors of   your site (this page is only visible if you have activated the "news by this   author" option)   If you have a website with many contributors, that' an easy and interesting   way to place them under the spotlights. - I have added support for Xoops 2.0.14 (and newer versions) for the meta   informations - The module can use TinyEditor - You can manage topics permissions from the topic's form (in the module's   administration) while you are creating or editing a topic. - You can enter the authorized mime types to join files in the module's options. - In the module's administration, where you can create a newsletter's content,   you can now select to remove html tags and you can add an header and a footer. - You can display a block, called "Bookmark this article at these sites" on the   article's page.   With this "block", your users will have the possibility to bookmark your   articles on some very famous Web 2 sites like del.ioc.us or digg.it - You have a new page to display a topics directory - An enhanced metagen.   You can now customize more easily the way the module creates the meta informations. - I have added a new feature "FootNotes".   This option is used for printable versions of your articles.   When it is activate and when you print an article , you can see, in the page's   footer a table with links from your document.   This is really usefull for your visitors because usually, when you print an   article, you "loose" the links because you can't see them. - I have added support for the Dublin Core Metadata in the article's page.   Dublin Core Metadata are, as the name state, a set of meta datas used to   describe your documents.   Dublin Core Metadata is a, not really new, "meta language" wich can be   compared to RSS.   Some important programs used by the archivists, universities and some   commercial companies can extract and classify documents because of the   Dublin Core Metadata.   I really hope that a such feature will help xoops to reach a more   professionnal "population" with professionnal needs. - Firefox 2 visitors of your site can use "Micro summaries" :   http://wiki.mozilla.org/Microsummaries   For those of you who don't know this, Firefox 2 has introduced a new kind of   dynamic bookmarks where users can have a bookmark's title who's title change   when your site's content change.   The objective of this is to keep your users informed and "captivate" by your   site. - You can display advertisements (Google AdSense for example) in your articles.   There is a new module's option that you can use for this. - In your articles, you can now replace the syntax used to separate pages with   a new one (thanks Bender)   To be able to use it, you must, in the modules option, select the suitable   option ("Use enhanced page navigator ?")   Then, to use it, inside your articles, you can separate pages like this   (imagine this is the content or your article) :     Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit,     [pagebreak: Here is my page 2]     sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam.     Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper     nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.     [pagebreak: This is the development]     Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse,     vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et     [pagebreak: Conclusion]     accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril     delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi. [url=http://xoops.instant-zero.com/uploads/article_multipage_summary.png]For a visual example, see this picture[/url] - You can also, now, use, inside your articles, the new "meta variable" [summary].   This will automatically create a summary by using the pages titles you gave in   the [pagebreak] "tag". [b]Xoops supported versions[/b] You can use this new version on all the recent versions of Xoops 2.0. We did not tested the module with Xoops 2.2 but it should run. [b]Support[/b] You can get support on the community website of Instant Zero : http://xoops.instant-zero.com/modules/newbbex/viewforum.php?forum=1 [b]How to upgrade[/b] Copy all the files to your site (and be sure to erase the old files), then go in the Xoops modules manager and upgrade the module. In case of troubles, consult the file UPGRADE.txt present in the module. [b]Download[/b] You can download this new version on the community website of Instant Zero : http://xoops.instant-zero.com/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?cid=2&lid=8 We hope that you will like this new version and all the team of Instant Zero wish you an happy Xoopsing, [url=http://www.instant-zero.com][b]Instant Zero[/b][/url]

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