Blog from November, 2013

Macro Updates

This morning the wiki team applied updates to some of the macros in the wiki.  Overall, these were minor updates, but a few macros did get added functionality.

For example: When pressing the Share button, users can now share a page to a group in addition to individuals!

Updated Functionality

  • Code Macro
    • Now supports mobile view and improved syntax highlighting
  • Mobile view
    • When visiting wiki.uiowa.edu, the mobile view now offers a 'Watch' page button.
  • JIRA
    • Consolidates two macros into one
    • Auto-convert of pasted links for issue search, single issue, or xml link
    • Ability to search JIRA issues or create a new issue from the wiki
  • Layout Macros (2.1.6)
    • Section and column macros no longer use table cells
    • Scroll bars appear depending on the page size
  • Page Tree
    • Fixed an issue with excerpts
    • Now visible in the mobile view
  • Share
    • Add the ability to share with a group

Minor Bug Fixes

  • Chart
  • Contributors
  • Information
  • Live Search
  • Table of Contents
  • User Lister

 

Maintenance Complete

Summary

On Monday, November 25th, the wiki had a scheduled maintenance window from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The work was started at 7 a.m. and finished shortly before 8 a.m., allowing access to all users.

What changed?

  • Server updates and patches to ensure wiki reliability
  • Updates to a couple of macros: Space group management and Numbered Headings
  • Wiki Stats pages have moved to the Help space (it may take a minute to load)
  • New functionality: the Decision Blueprint

Decision Blueprint

The Decision Blueprint is another blueprint available for wiki users, supplementing the 'Meeting Notes' and 'File List' blueprints.  Blueprints can be seen when pressing the Create button to add a new page or blogpost.  Blueprints are sort of like templates that allow powerful functionality for routine items without having to set it up every time.

The Decision blueprint enables teams or groups to track what decisions are being made, who is involved, the status of the decision, and the outcome. All decisions are automatically added to the Decision Register.

For an example see the Decision Register in the Demo Space.

 

Summary: On Monday, November 25th, 2013 between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m the wiki (wiki.uiowa.edu) will be down for scheduled maintenance.  This maintenance window is necessary for routine server and software updates.  During this time the wiki will be unavailable to all users. While nothing is changing, there will be some minor improvements/additions.  More info to come!

If you have any questions, or experience any issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

Start Time: 11/25/2013  7:00 a.m.

End Time: 11/25/2013  9:00 a.m.

Update: The wiki maintenance period went well with no major issues.  The wiki was down starting at 6:00 a.m. and available after 6:20 a.m.

The wiki will be down for maintenance on Tuesday, November 5th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.  It is likely that the wiki will be available before 6:45 a.m., but during the maintenance window the wiki will be unavailable for use.  The downtime will help to maintain a stable platform going forward.

If you have any questions, or experience any issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk.