As a picture tells tells a thousand stories, I’ve picked a few visually depictable enhancements of the upcoming Textpattern release, 4.0.5, for a first preview. There are many to choose from: The change log lists roundabout 300 changes since the 4.0.4 release.
As the 4.0.x branch is intended to serve as a solid base for existing installations, its main development focus is on bug-fixing, stability and continuity, and less on revolutionary feature additions.
But nevertheless, some enhancements are even visible at the surface.
A smarter comment submit button
- As it turns out, the spam-squashing forced comment preview is misleading uninitiated commenters into the assumption that comments are posted on the first click of a button. To clarify the need for a separate post action, both the “Preview” and the “Submit” button are visible right from the start, while only the “Preview” button is initially active.
Admin eye candy
- A small directional indicator adorns sortable table columns.
- Image dimensions and image name readout on the image edit screen.
- Truncating longish category titles helps the edit screen to keep its shape.