Support of Mentions

XWiki Standard now support by default User Mentions. You can mention a user by two ways: either by typing "@" in the WYSIWYG editor as displayed in the screenshot, or by inserting a Mention macro. Mentioning a user will have for effect to send a notification to that user, with the link to the page or place (can be a comment or an object) mentioning her/him.

Rich editor integration on comments and annotations

Comments and annotations are now edited using the preferred content editor specified in the user profile. They were previously edited using only a plain text editor. The WYSIWYG editor is now supported and it allows for easy insertion of mentions in comments and annotations.

Page Likes

The Page Like feature allows users to Like pages. By default, this application adds a small button at the bottom of the pages, allowing users to like them. It also displays the total number of likes for the page. Notifications are sent when pages are Liked and it's possible to see your own liked pages or who liked a page.

Liked pages are displayed in a LiveTable

Liked pages are now displayed in a live table in the user profile.

Finer configuration of the "can skip the recycle bin" feature

Allowing Advanced user to skip the recycle bin can now be configured on three locations:

  • In the global administration of the current wiki
  • In the global administration of the main wiki
  • In (see the property details below)

If the default value is found on one location, the next one is tried. If no value is found, the recycle bin skipping is not activated.

Details of the configuration on

#-# [Since 12.9RC1]
#-# Indicates whether skipping the recycle bin when deleting pages is allowed for Advanced users.
#-# It is disabled by default.
#-# This setting is only used if the wiki has a recycle bin activated (xwiki.recyclebin=1 in xwiki.cfg).
#-# This setting can be overloaded:
#-# * By the main wiki in the Refactoring.Code.RefactoringConfigurationClass class of the
#-#   Refactoring.Code.RefactoringConfiguration document of the main wiki.
#-# * By sub-wikis in the Refactoring.Code.RefactoringConfigurationClass class of the
#-#   Refactoring.Code.RefactoringConfiguration document of the sub-wikis (itself overloading the main wiki's
#-#   configuration).
#-# The default value is:
# refactoring.isRecycleBinSkippingActivated = false

More details

Name Strategies for XWiki Pages

A new Name Strategy Module has been introduced to allow administrators to have more control on the wiki page names.
The name strategies allow to validate and transform page names before they are created to comply with a defined policy.
The transformation of page name is performed before page creations through XWiki UI, while page name validation is performed at the API level.

Two strategies have been implemented as a start for this new feature:
  - the Character Replacement Strategy: allows to define forbidden characters in page names, and replacement characters for each. If no replacement characters are defined, the forbidden characters are simply removed from page names.
  - the Slug Name Strategy: allows to normalize page names to remove any special characters and accents.

By default, the Character Replacement Strategy is used with "/" (slash) and "\" (backslash) as forbidden characters, without defined characters. Only the page name transformation is enabled, page name validation is still experimental and should be used with caution. 

This new feature can be setup in the Administration in Editing > Name Strategies.

New local extensions index

A new Solr based index of all the extensions available on the configured searchable repositories has been introduced. It's updated regularly (every hours in that version) and it also recommends compatible versions to install so that the default list you get in the Extension Manager UI only contains extensions which are not already installed and for which the install/upgrade should work in your instance.

In-place edit for plain wiki pages

You can now edit plain wiki pages in-place, if the WYSIWYG editor is the preferred content editor.

Switch to source while editing in-place

You can now switch to source while editing in-place the content of a page.

Mention summary on the notification

A summary of the text surrounding a mention can now be displayed in the notification UI for mentions.

The generation and display of the mention summary can be disabled in the mentions section of the administration.

No summary is computed when this feature is turned off. Consequently, even if the feature is turned on again, no summary will be displayed for previously send notifications.

UIXP for Content Footer

A new UI Extension Point has been introduced to allow to inject content in the footer of a page content. This UIXP is already used to display tags and authors at the bottom of the page, but any extension can now use it for other kind of contents.

Option to skip the recycle bin

There's now an administration option to allow advanced users to choose whether deleted pages are sent to the recycle bin or not.

To do so, search for the "Delete" section in the Administration and set "can skip the recycle bin" to Yes. The default value is No to avoid unwanted loss of data.


Like information are displayed in a live table

People liking a page are now displayed in a live table.

Simplified WYSIWYG Editor Toolbar

The WYSIWYG Editor toolbar has been simplified by grouping and reorganizing the buttons, removing those that were used very rarely. Here's a summary of the changes we did:

  • the Format drop down is now the first item on the left side
  • Strike, Underline, Subscript, Superscript and Remove Format have been grouped in a drop down menu
  • the list buttons have been grouped in a dedicated drop down menu
  • the Unlink button was moved from the main toolbar to the floating toolbar that is shown when you click on a link
  • we enabled the image floating toolbar, visible when an image is selected
  • Horizontal Line, Special Character and Import from Office have been grouped in a new Insert drop down menu
  • we moved the Insert/Edit Macro button to the Insert drop down menu, where we also added shortcuts for common macros
  • we removed the Copy, Cut and Paste buttons from the toolbar. They are available in the context menu
  • we removed the Copy Formatting button, as we don't encourage the usage of in-line styles
  • we removed the Language drop down because it was causing confusion with the wiki page language

As a result the toolbar now takes a single line by default.

Extensible User Profile Menu

The user profile menu is now extensible. You can add new entries to the user menu using the User Interface Extension Point (UIXP).

In-place section editing

You can now edit in-place the sections of a plain wiki page, if the WYSIWYG editor is the preferred content editor. Unlike the old section editing, this allows you to edit the entire page, so that you don't loose the context, but it places the focus in the right section so that you don't have to scroll the page.

Live macro rendering when editing in-place

The new in-place edit mode runs the JavaScript code required by rendering macros, producing a true WYSIWYG editing experience.

Translate page while editing in-place

If multilingual is on and the current page is not translated in the current user interface language then editing in-place will load the original page. If you wish to translate the page then you just need to click on the Translate button. Whatever changes you do next will be saved to the translated page.

Locale (Language) Picker

The locale (language) picker that is used in the Localization administration section has been converted to a generic picker that you can reuse.

Extended Page Information

The information tab displayed at the bottom of each page has been extended with more information such as the original page locale, the current page locale, the available page translations, the page syntax and whether the page is hidden or not. Moreover, some of the page information is now editable in-place, from view mode.

In-place edit for application entries

The entries of a newly-created AppWithinMinutes application are now editable in-place. For existing applications you will need to edit the application and go through the application wizard so that the application sheet is re-generated, but be aware that you might loose you customizations in the process.

Selection preserved when switching between WYSIWYG and Source

We upgraded the CKEditor Integration extension and the new version comes with a long-awaited feature: the selection / caret is preserved when switching between WYSIWYG and Source area. This makes it really easy to:

  • check the wiki syntax that corresponds to the current WYSIWYG selection
  • check how the selected text from the Source area is rendered when switching back to WYSIWYG

Exclude Heading in Include/Display Macros

It's now possible to exclude the heading from an included page for both Include and Display macros, if the first element of that page is a heading.

User Avatar macro with user picker

When inserting the User Avatar macro from the WYSIWYG editor you can now select the target user with a user picker.

Toggle Rendered Diff Context

You can now use the "Show context" toggle button to show / hide all the unmodified parts of the page rendered content when comparing two versions of a wiki page from its history. Check the user guide for more information.

Comment form not displayed by default

The comment form is now hidden by default. This allows improving the loading performance of XWiki pages and makes the UI less cluttered.

A button allows you to display the comment form when you need to add a new comment.

Social category in Administration

A new Social category has been added in Administration to gather all configurations related to social features. Those items were previously all in the Other category.

View Likes in viewers menu section

The menu item for viewing Likes information has been moved to Viewers sub-section of the other options menu, for consistency.

Mentions explained on the tips

The use of the mentions in WYSIWYG editor autocompletion is now explained on the tips.

New UIXP for the viewers menu section

A new UI Extension Point has been created to be able to extend the Viewers sub-menu of "other options" menu.

Simplified Unliking

A modal was previously asking for confirmation for removing a like on a page. This has been removed to make it simpler and more consistent: liking and unliking are now both immediate actions.

New Comment button

The comments section at the bottom of pages used to have the comment editor visible. There's now a Comment button to click when wanting to add a comment. This was done for 3 reasons:

  • For consistency with other actions where you have to click a button to do them (annotate, edit, create, etc).
  • It makes the UI a bit less cluttered and avoids focusing the attention on comments which was very visible, especially since we moved to using the WYSIWYG editor by default in comments.
  • It also improves the loading performance of XWiki pages since the editor doesn't need to be loaded when viewing pages

View source in viewers menu section

The View source link has been moved to the Viewers menu sub-section of Other actions menu, to be consistent.

Changing Page Syntax from WYSIWYG Editor

Changing the page syntax from the WYSIWYG Editor has suffered some updates:

  • we don't reload the entire page anymore but only the WYSIWYG editor instance (in order to take into account the new syntax); the WYSIWYG editor has to be reloaded because the page syntax affects core editor configuration that cannot be changed on the fly (see the CKEditor Integration documentation for more information);
  • the WYSIWYG editor is always reloaded when changing the syntax, no matter whether you choose to convert the content or not (for the reason mentioned above)
  • the editing mode (Source vs. WYSIWYG) is preserved on reload
  • if the new syntax doesn't support WYSIWYG editing (e.g. because it doesn't have a renderer) then the WYSIWYG editor will force the Source mode after the reload and disable the WYSIWYG mode, warning the user about the current limitation.

Checkout the Page Editing documentation for additional information.

Changing Page Syntax from Wiki Editor

Changing the page syntax from the Wiki Editor has suffered some updates:

  • the style of the syntax conversion confirmation modal has been improved to be consistent with the other modals we use in XWiki
  • the syntax conversion is not saved right away anymore but when you save the Wiki Editor; canceling the Wiki Editor will also cancel any unsaved syntax change
  • XWiki will warn you when the syntax conversion is not supported

Checkout the Page Editing documentation for additional information.

Changing Page Syntax from View

Changing the page syntax from the Information tab, while viewing the page, has suffered some updates:

  • XWiki will now propose to convert the page content and meta data to the new syntax, if the conversion is supported, but note that the changes will be saved only after saving the syntax
  • if the syntax conversion is not supported then XWiki will warn the user about the limitation
  • the page title and content are reloaded in order to allow the user to preview the effect of the syntax change before saving the new syntax
  • canceling the syntax change will also reload the page title and content

Export Target XWiki Version

The Export administration section has a new option named "Target XWiki version" that is useful if you need to generate a XAR that is compatible with an older version of XWiki. For instance, if you need to import the generated XAR in an XWiki version older than 12.0 then you should set "Target XWiki version" to "Below 12.0".

Forms styling handle HTML5 inputs

HTML5 inputs (color, date, datetime-local, email, number, search, tel and time) are now consistent with older input types (text and password) in the Flamingo Skin. They are all compatible with the Vertical Forms Guidelines.

Improved Jump to Page

The Jump to Page modal (Ctrl+G) has been updated to use the new page picker which fixes the keyboard navigation and improves the display of page suggestions (page title and location are now shown).

More consistent menu icons

Updated class and object edit menu icons to make them more consistent with other places like the document tree viewer. The missing Annotations menu icon was also added.


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