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Deprecating the Braille plugin on the Commons

For a number of years, the Commons has offered the Braille WordPress plugin to its users. This plugin allows content in site posts, as well as content exported via Anthologize, to be transliterated into a visual representation of Braille text.

Beginning October 8, 2019, the plugin will no longer be available on the CUNY Academic Commons. The plugin works only when connected to a running installation of LibLouis, and the Commons is no longer able to maintain its LibLouis instance.

In the upcoming days, the Commons team will reach out to owners of sites running the Braille plugin, to offer any necessary assistance.

Commons users who need visual Braille transcription and are able to provide their own LibLouis service may reach out to the Commons team for integration support. (See https://github.com/AccessibleFuture/braille/blob/master/USING-REMOTE-LIBLOUIS-AMI.md for information on provisioning an AWS instance running LibLouis.)

For questions, please contact the Commons via the Help link at the upper-right of each Commons page.

Commons 1.15.9

I’ve just released version 1.15.9 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses the following:

  • Improve user feedback when accepting an invitation via Claim Key for the second time.
  • Fix bug that prevented ‘CUNY-wide’ from being properly a selected as group/site campus.
  • Fix upgrade routine for Dante theme.
  • Fix search feature for private messages.
  • Fix bug that caused fatal error when switching between Editors in some cases.

For complete details, visit the 1.15.9 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for September 24, 2019

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.15.10 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for September 24, 2019:

  • Blog as PDF (1.2)
  • Broadcast (45.1)
  • Custom Post Type Widgets (1.2)
  • Download Manager (3.0)
  • GD bbPress Attachments (3.2)
  • Genesis Simple Edits (2.3)
  • Genesis Simple Hooks (2.3)
  • Gutenberg (6.4)
  • Hypothesis (0.6)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (7.7)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.80)
  • Open Graph for Facebook (0.0)
  • PDF Embedder (4.4)
  • Shortcodes Ultimate (5.4)
  • The Events Calendar Category Colors (6.2)
  • WP Inventory (1.9)
  • Widget Context (1.2)
  • Yoast SEO (12.0)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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Major theme and plugin updates for August 27, 2019

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.15.8 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for August 27, 2019:

  • Advanced Excerpt (4.3)
  • Author Avatars List (1.17)
  • Better Search (2.3)
  • Blubrry PowerPress (7.5)
  • BuddyPress (4.4)
  • Elementor (2.6)
  • Event Organiser (3.8)
  • Glossary (1.8)
  • Gutenberg (6.2)
  • Hello Dolly (1.7)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (7.5)
  • Link Library (6.3)
  • List category posts (0.81)
  • MetaSlider (3.14)
  • MetaSlider Lightbox (1.11)
  • NS Cloner – Site Copier (4.0)
  • PressForward (5.2)
  • Theme Check (20190801.1)
  • VaultPress (2.0)
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (5.1)
  • Yoast SEO (11.7)
  • Zotpress (7.1)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.15.8 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for August 27, 2019:

  • ColorMag (1.4)
  • Rowling (1.19)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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Commons 1.15.4

I’ve just released version 1.15.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release, which is also a major release for plugin and theme updates and includes an update to WordPress 5.2.x, fixes the following:

  • Fix pagination when viewing a group file folder
  • Ensure that duplicate notifications of group blog posts are not sent

For complete details, visit the 1.15.4 milestone.