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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.

'Share' content easily
Need to send someone a wiki page?  Use the Share button!

The Share button allows you to send an email to any individual to highlight a particular wiki page.  How?

  • Click on Share in the upper right (or press 's' on your keyboard).
  • Start typing the name or email of the individual
  • Enter a message (optional)
  • Select Share

Learn more about Sharing Content

 

 

 

Wiki Notifications

In the wiki, when you edit a page you are automatically signed up to 'Watch' that page.  This means that anytime someone else edits that page, you will receive an email notification.

If you don't like this behavior, you will need to adjust your email settings located in your personal menu (top right) under Settings > Email.  On the email settings page, select 'Edit', de-select 'Auto-watch', and press 'Submit'.

This will disable you from 'Watching' any page you edit in the future.  However, changing this setting does not affect any current 'Watches' you have in place, and you will need to edit those by visiting your personal menu and selecting 'Watches'.  Click on 'Stop Watching' to no longer receive notifications for that Page or Space.

Want to know more? Take a look at Watching a Page or Blog Post in the documentation area.

 

As of Friday, August 23rd, the issue affecting special characters within the wiki has been resolved.  This issue was responsible for inserting strange symbols prior to a special character.  Upon consecutive page edits, the symbols would double in number.

Pages that were affected will need to have the strange symbols deleted, but they will no longer reappear.

If you are still seeing issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk

 

Maintenance Update

On Tuesday, August 13th from 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. the wiki was unavailable due to system maintenance. This downtime was necessary to fix an ongoing issue with symbols and to integrate the wiki with HawkID Login tools.

HawkID Login

When you click 'Login' on the wiki, it will check to see if you have already signed in to another UIowa service (ICON, MAUI, etc). If you have an active login on another service, you will be automatically signed in to the wiki without having to re-enter your HawkID and password. Guest users will still be able to authenticate using the right-hand login box on the login page.

Symbol Issues

The wiki is still seeing issues with symbols.  We will continue to work with the vendor on this issue to find a fix soon.  Currently, when a symbol is added to a wiki page, a 'Â' character is added in front of that symbol.

 

If you have any questions or issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (319) 384-4357 or its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu.

Curious about how to make your wiki experience better and more streamlined?

Enjoy these keyboard shortcuts, designed to help you get things done more quickly:

Create with 'c'

Press 'c' on your keyboard to open up the Create menu.  This is helpful when adding a new page.

Even better: select 'c' followed by 'Enter' or 'Return' to open up a blank page

Edit with 'e'

To edit a page or blog post, hit 'e' on your keyboard.  This will open up the editor screen allowing you to jump right in!

All done editing? Select 'Ctrl' + 's'

Save your edits by holding down 'Ctrl' (or 'Command' on a Mac), and select 's'.  This saves your edits and shows you the finished product.

Search with '/'

Selecting '/' on your keyboard will move your cursor to the Search box.  Start typing to find your results.

Add a Comment with 'm'

Want to add a comment? Choose 'm' on your keyboard to open up a new comment.

 

These shortcuts are great at streamlining your editing and content creation.  Want more?  Press 'Shift' + '?' to see more shortcuts.

 

Updated Macros
We have recently updated several macros including 'Table Plus' and 'Numbered Headings'.  The updated macros can be found in the macro browser (hit Ctrl + Shift + A when editing a page).  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the ITS Help Desk.

The wiki has a lot of great help resources only a click or two away.  From any page, you can locate help resources one of two ways:

Help Menu

In the upper right of the page, select the help menu:

The Online Help link navigates to the help tutorials and wiki documentation area.

In the Footer

At the bottom of every page, there are three links:

Select the option that's best for you.

 

If you can't find something, send us an email at its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu.

 

Upgrade Complete!

The upgrade has been completed!

The new version of the wiki brings a whole host of new features including an improved editor, enhanced usability, mobile compatibility, and more! You may want to try the Getting Started (Wiki Basics) tutorials to get your feet wet. 

We'll be expanding our help articles in the coming days and weeks, but if you get stumped, click on the icon in the upper right.  Selecting Online Help will bring you to the Wiki Help space.

 

Watch this video or see a summary of what's new

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