Latest release notes

Revision as of 20:42, 17 February 2007 by Art Lader (talk | contribs) (Headline features)

Jump to: navigation, search


Moodle 1.8

Moodle 1.8 is currently in Beta form and undergoing testing and polishing for release. It's not recommended for production sites yet. Release is expected in February 2007.

Here is the full list of fixed issues in 1.8 at this time.

Headline features

The Moodle interface is now compliant with XHTML Strict 1.0 and major accessibility standards.
We can now set up peer Moodle installations allowing users to roam from one site to another, using comprehensive SSO and transparent remote enrolments. Administrators at the originating Moodle install can see logs of remote activity. You can also run your Moodle in "Hub" mode where any Moodle install can connect and users roam across.
The Moodle Network code includes an XML-RPC call dispatcher that can expose the WHOLE Moodle API to trusted hosts. We will building on this in further versions but you can start using it now if you need to.
All forms now use a single API for defining forms consistently and collecting data safely without using any HTML at all.
It is now easier to configure multiple sources of authentication at once. WARNING: the format for authentication plugins has changed, so custom plugins may be broken, however it's very easy to convert old code to the new format.
Allow new arbitrary fields to be added to the user profile, with more control over what fields appear on what signup and profile editing screens.
  • Groups refactor - Juliette White / Nick Freear (OU)
Groups code has been reorganised to make it more flexible for the future (see 1.9). In 1.8 you can now put groups into "Groupings".
In addition to many Roles fixes and refinements, Moodle 1.8 has separated the SYSTEM context from the SITE context (which makes it more like 1.6 used to work). The SITE context is the "front page course" and its activities. This should make it easier for admins to set up permissions.

Module improvements

Payment managers can obtain an authorization code over phone from customer's bank if the credit card of the user cannot be captured on the internet directly.

(Developers please add news here!)

Moodle 1.7.1

17th January, 2007

This page shows details about issues resolved in this version


Moodle 1.7

7th November, 2006

This page shows details about issues resolved in this version

Headline features

Permissions based on fine-grained capabilities allow all kinds of roles to be created and assigned in all contexts around Moodle. This creates a great deal more flexibility in the permissions that you can grant to people.
added support for MS-SQL and Oracle with more databases to come. Developers now have just one XML file to edit when changing the database structure, and there is even a very funky editor for this file built-in to Moodle
  • New Admin interface
Completely new admin interface, with accessible design and cool features to make access to settings fast and easy.
Making it easier for developers to write test code, which should ultimately lead to a more reliable Moodle.
  • AJAX Course editing (STILL UNSTABLE IN 1.7 RELEASE AND OFF BY DEFAULT, USE WITH CAUTION!)
The Topics and Weekly course formats now feature AJAX editing which means you can drag drop blocks, activities and sections (weeks/topics) and it all happens instantly. No more page reloading!

Module improvements

  • Improvements to the Database module
    • Template/Field settings can now be saved as Presets and shared across a site.
    • Presets are just zip files, and can also be shared between sites.
    • Moodle 1.7 comes with one sample preset (an Image Gallery) with more to come.
    • New latitude/longitude data type
  • Improvements to the Lesson module
    • Now has a more unified view of lesson screens.
    • Teacher editing:
      • Collapsed view has a nicer format, displays more information regarding each page and allows the creation of new pages.
      • Editing is now speedier by replacing 3 second redirect delays with a notification system.
    • New feature: display default feedback.
      • Default is On so previous lessons behave as before.
      • Description: if no response is entered for a question answer and this setting is turned Off, then the user skips the feedback page.
    • Graceful degrade of JavaScript.
    • Several bug fixes.
  • The teacher can configure comments that are displayed to the student at the end of their attempt, with the comment displayed depending on the student's score.
  • Improvements to some core question types
  • All question types can now have some general feedback. This is displayed to all students after they have finished the question (depending on the quiz settings) and does not depend on what response the student gave. Use this to tell the student what the question was about, or link them to more information about the topic it covers.
  • Matching questions can have extra wrong answers, and work when two questions have the same answer.
  • Multiple Choice questions can have feedback for the whole question, as well as specific answers. This is particularly useful for multiple-response questions.
  • Numerical questions can have different answers with different precisions and scores. (Previously this was only supported via GIFT import. Now you can edit questions like this.)
  • While editing a wiki page it is now locked so that others cannot try to change it at the same time. Teachers can override the lock.
  • Minor bugfixes (mostly to fix problems that occured when using Postgres database).

Enrolment plugin improvements

  • Accepts 'Electronic Checks (ACH)'. After a user approving echeck, an admin who has upload csv capacity must import a CSV file to get the user enrolled in the Payment Management page.
  • Autoconfigures credit card and echeck types if the merchant does not accept some types of them.

Moodle 1.6.4

17th January, 2007

Full details of these issues can be found in the tracker

(please help to fill out details here)


Moodle 1.6.3

10th October, 2006

Full details of these issues can be found in the tracker

Security Bugfix

  • A vulnerability was discovered that could allow SQL injections if a parameter was improperly used. Full details of this particular issue are on the Moodle Security site. All registered Moodle admins were notified by direct email on Saturday September 30th.

General Bugs Fixed

Improvement

New Feature

Moodle 1.6.2

12th September, 2006

Security

  • Fixed handling of uploaded files in Database module
  • Module instance id is now properly validated when creating course module object; developers should use get_coursemodule_from_id() to get valid $cm
  • Default error reporting level was lowered to 5, E_WARNINGs are no longer displayed on production sites with debug off.
  • Multiple problems leading to information leakage fixed in help.php file
  • Fixed information leakage from scheduled backups
  • Added basic detection of dataroot accessible from Internet, web installer now better suggests dataroot location outside of web file area
  • Swf is now disabled by default in Mediaplugin
  • forgot_password.php does not allow remote email or username enumeration by default, the old behavior can be enabled by setting protectusernames to No in site configuration
  • Undisclosed SQL injections fixed by automatic data conversions in adodb layer
  • Theoretical XSS problems fixed in doc/index.php and files/index.php scripts
  • Access to tex and algebra files is blocked when filters are disabled
  • Request for redirection in jumpto.php protected with sesskey

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed error when upgrading forum read tracking
  • Locales from language packs should finally work - please check your configuration variables and empty the locale field
  • Added missing link for course request
  • Fixed several glossary problems with non-ascii characters
  • Fixed bug where you could not regrade a quiz question where the teacher had added a comment with a ' character.
  • Quiz import of BlackBoard V6 files now much more reliable
  • Fixed scheduled backups - they were broken in 1.6 and 1.6.1
  • Fixed missing guest icons from course listing
  • Database sessions respect sessiontimeout setting
  • Fixed redirect problems during upgrade resulting in "Table xxx already exists"
  • Lesson module: the "(Continue)" no longer displays for 3 seconds after branch tables.
  • Lesson module: now properly checks import formats for support.
  • Lesson module: feedback is set properly during the import process.
  • and many other smaller fixes

New Features

  • Authorize.net Payment Gateway: Autoconfigures credit card types if the merchant does not accept some types of credit cards

Known Problems

  • Broken images in published question categories

Moodle 1.6.1

20th July, 2006

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed regression in Turkish locale handling
  • Authorize and Paypal enrolment plugin cleanup
  • Fixed serious problem with failing Database restore
  • Fixed restore of HotPot module containing attempts
  • Minor Database module fixes
  • National characters in graphs now work for most languages out of the box
  • Reviewed and fixed all *nix locale codes in language packs
  • Fixed problems when using Resources with Blocks on the frontpage
  • Fixed missing events on the first day of month in calendar
  • Fixed several problems in Lesson - scores, branch tables, HTML editor issues
  • Fixed broken intermodule relinking of absolute paths - please do not use course backups from original 1.6
  • PDF byteserving problems caused by incorrect partial content length solved
  • Fixed several regressions in handling of multiple groups
  • Fixed alphabet problems in Glossary
  • Chameleon theme fixes and enhancements
  • Fixed all hard coded admin paths
  • Fixed moving of course sections
  • Fixed grading of Essays in Quiz
  • Several Quiz regrading problems solved
  • Questions are now exported into backupdata directory
  • Added workaround for problems when editting two quizes in one browser
  • Lots of other Quiz related bugs fixed - thanks Tim!
  • Fixed IE unsecure items warning on sites with https login
  • Improved cookie test on the login page
  • Potential security issue with unzipping maliciously-crafted zip files fixed
  • Satinized input parameters in help.php
  • Calendar view.php now respects forcelogin setting
  • And lots of other minor fixes worth upgrading

New Features

  • Enhanced frontpage settings - frontpage can now be different for logged in users, changed category list display
  • Improved administration page layout
  • Possibility to change graph font for all locales - moodledata/lang/default.ttf takes precedence over lib/default.ttf
  • Local language packs may also contain default.ttf
  • Backported improved lang.php from HEAD
  • New config.php option $CFG->allowvisiblecoursesinhiddencategories

Known Problems

  • Broken images in published question categories
  • Small number of sites reports problems with Quiz upgrade - please always do a full database backup before any upgrade!
  • Workshop backup/restore and Workshop import from other course not supported
  • Additional feature 'Sidebar Block' uses section 1000, but 1000 is not included in the backup

Related

  • Third party modules should be already updated for 1.6.x - you must install new versions before UTF-8 migration!
  • New integration of phpMyAdmin available - fixes upstream security problems and compatiblility with PHP 5

Moodle 1.6

19th June, 2006

NOTE: Moodle 1.6 requires PHP 4.3.0 (or PHP 5.1.0) and MySQL 4.1.16 (4.1.12 if you use latin languages only). Here is more info on Upgrading to Moodle 1.6.

New features

Moodle is now 100% Unicode, which means any language can be mixed together and an end to a number of problems that different character sets caused us.
A new one-stop wiki site for ALL Moodle documentation, including links from Moodle itself
A new activity module that allows collaborative collection of structured data, useful for many things!
Integrated via a course format and an activity module
Allows reflection on an ongoing basis. Entries are marked and can be viewed by user, course, group, site etc. Contains first new support for Tags.
All reports are now centralised under Course reports and Admin reports. New reports can be written as plugins and dropped in very easily. One big new report is the new course-based statistics system from Catalyst.
A centralized bank of questions with the potential to be (re-)used in a variety of modules.
A dashboard interface that allows an overview for each user of all their courses etc.
This initial integration with Hive allows teachers to upload, browse, search and select resources within the external repository.
Users can be part of multiple groups within a course
Supports the loading of any content package as a resource, with an optional repository for sharing packages between courses.
An interactive Moodle theme
Moodle's enrolment plugins can be used simultaneously on the same site. Also new IMS Enterprise enrolment plugin.
New feature called 'Order Review'. Admins and teachers may accept or deny payments before processing the credit card and they can also refund payments after processing the credit card in 'Payment Management' page. Students may view their order details. Address Verification System (AVS) and Scheduled-Capture support added. For 'Manual-Capture' admins are notified 5 days prior to pending orders expiring.

See also

See also