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PW 3.0.149 – Core updates (Jan 17, 2020)

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ProcessWire 3.0.149 on the dev branch includes various improvements and a few minor fixes. Here are the most significant differences relative to 3.0.148 master:

There have been several improvements to the $notices API variable as well as a significant refactoring of the code. Several new flags are now supported and can be specified by name rather than just by bit mask. While these updates won’t matter much for front-end site work, they are going to be helpful for the admin as well as potentially in other modules that work in the admin. Some of the updates are still a work in progress, so more will likely be added in the near future. (Commit)

The Comments Fieldtype and related classes have received upgrades as well. (Commit) Several new API methods have been added for handling the parent/child relationships involved in threaded comments. The ProcessCommentsManager has also received major upgrades and it puts these new API functions to use by now allowing you to change which page a comment lives on (move a comment from one page to another), as well as change which comment another one replies to. Lots of refactoring was done in this module as well. (Commit)

A minor but useful detail in AdminThemeUikit: if you click in the search box (top right corner) and don’t immediately start typing, it now suggests that you try typing “help” for options. Since this is an English word, the “help” term can also be translated in the AdminThemeUikit files (_search-form.php file). PW’s admin search engine can do quite a bit more than I think people realize at first, so I thought this was one way to help more people see what the options are with it, at least in AdminThemeUikit. (Commit)

There were several other minor updates as well, but the above are the ones that I thought were the most interesting. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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Great so see the comments field get an update. Would it be possible to add some modern needs (options? hooks?) for the comments form to be able to

  • include a mandatory GDPR checkbox with some legal text
  • decide which fields from the form are mandatory and which not
  • saving or not saving the IP address with a setting how long to keep those
  • make it easier go apply UIKIT3 to the layout

There are existing workarounds in this forum (by modifying a field clone in /site/) but that is a bit hacky i.m.h.o. for those common needs.

Also the documentation linked to from the field admin feels a bit dated for all the extra stuff available...

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