[modperl] ANNOUNCE: Bricolage 1.8.3

David Wheeler
Nov 9, 2004 at 11:57 pm
The Bricolage development team is pleased to announce the release of
Bricolage 1.8.3. This maintenance release addresses quite a large
number of issues in Bricolage 1.8.2. The most important changes
were to
enhance Unicode support in Bricolage. Bricolage now internally
all text content as UTF-8 strings, thus enabling templates to better
control the manipulation of multibyte characters. Other changes
better performance for searches using the ANY() operators and more
intelligent transaction handling for distribution jobs. Here are the
other highlights of this release:


* Added contrib/thumbnails/precreate-thumbs.pl script to
thumbnails from images. Useful for upgraders. [Scott]

* Added contrib/bric_import_contribs to import contributors from a
tab-delimited file. Development by Kineticode, sponsored by the
Corporation. [David]

* Added the published_version parameter to the list() methods of
story, media, and template classes. This parameter forces the
to return the versions of the assets as they were last published,
rather than the most recent version. This will be most useful to
those looking up other documents in templates and publishing
them, as
a way of avoiding pulling documents out from other anyone who
have them checked out! [David]

* All publishing and distribution jobs are now executed in their
transactions when they are triggered by the user interface. This
to reduce the chances of a deadlock between long-running
transactions. [David]

* Optimized SQL queries for key names or that order by string
to use indexes in the list() and list_ids() methods of the story,
media, and template classes. [David]

* Added Russian localization. [Sergey Samoilenko].

* Changed the foreign keys in the story, media, and formatting
(template) tables so that DELETEs do not cascade, but are
This means that before deleting any source, element, site,
or other related object that has a foreign key reference in an
table, those rows must be deleted. Otherwise, PostgreSQL will
an exception. Hopefully, this will put a stop to the mysterious
very rare disappearance of stories from Bricolage. [David]

* A call to $burner->burn_another in a template that passes in a
date/time string in the future now causes a publish job to be
scheduled for that time, rather than immediate burning the
and then scheduling the distribution to take place in the future.
Reported by Ashlee Caul. [David]

* Changing the sort order of a list of items in a search interface
now properly reverses the entire collection of object over the
rather than just the objects for the current page. Thanks to
for the spot! [David]

Bug Fixes

* Publishing stories not in workflow via the SOAP server works


* The Burner object's encoding attribute is now setable as well as
readable. [David]

* The category browser works again. [David]

* Fixed Media Upload bug where the full local path was being
used, by
adding a 'winxp' key to Bric::Util::Trans::FS to account for an
update to HTTP::BrowserDetect. [Mark Kennedy]

* Instances of a required custom field in story elements is no
required once it has been deleted from the element definition in
element manager. Reported by Rod Taylor. [David]

* A false value passed to the checked_out parameter of the list()
list_ids() methods of the story, media, and template (formatting)
classes now properly returns only objects or IDs for assets that
not checked out. [David]

* The cover date select widget now works properly in the clone
interface when a non-ISO style date preference is selected.
Thanks to
Susan G. for the spot! [David]

* Sorting templates based on Asset Type (Element) no longer
causes an
error. [David]

* Fixed a number of the callbacks in the story, media, and
profiles so that they didn't clear out the session before other
callbacks were done with it. Most often seen as the error 'Can't
method "get_tiles" on an undefined value' in the media profile,
especially with IE/Windows (for some unknown reason). Reported by
Stevenson. [David]

* Fixed typo in clone page that caused all output channels to be
listed rather than only those associated with the element itself.

* Fixed double listing of the "All" group in the group membership
double list manager. [Christian Hauser]

* Image buttons now correctly execute the onsubmit() method for
that define an onsubmit attribute. This means that, among other
things, changes to a group profile will persist when you click the
"Permissions" button. [David]

* Simple search now works when it is selected when the "Default
Search" preference is set to "Advanced". Reported by Marshall

* Multiple alert types set up to trigger alerts for the same event
will now all properly execute. Thanks to Christian Hauser for the
spot! [David]

* Publishing stories or media via SOAP with the published_only
parameter (--published-only for bric_republish) now correctly
republishes the published versions of documents even if the
version is in workflow. Reported by Adam Rinehart. [David]

* Users granted a permission greater than READ to the members of
"All Users" group no longer get such permission to any members of
"Global Admins" group unless they have specifically been granted
permission to the members of the "Global Admins" group. Thanks to
Marshall Roch for the spot! [David]

For a complete list of the changes, see the changes list at
http://www.bricolage.cc/news/announce/changes/bricolage-1.8.3/. For
complete history of ongoing changes in Bricolage, see Bric::Changes

Download Bricolage 1.8.3 now from the Bricolage Website at
http://www.bricolage.cc/downloads/, from the SourceForge download
at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=34789, and
from the Kineticode download page at


Bricolage is a full-featured, enterprise-class content management
publishing system. It offers a browser-based interface for ease-of
a full-fledged templating system with complete HTML::Mason,
HTML::Template, and Template Toolkit support for flexibility, and
other features. It operates in an Apache/mod_perl environment and
the PostgreSQL RDBMS for its repository. A comprehensive,
actively-developed open source CMS, Bricolage was hailed as "Most
Impressive" in 2002 by eWeek.


--The Bricolage Team

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