This sprint we are wrapping up the development and testing of Pressbooks 5.6.0 and McLuhan 2.6.0, which we intend to release in the latter half of November. This includes some final polish on the new glossary feature, adding support for HTML5 image markup using
<figcaption>, and adding the ability to target print and digital PDF with different stylesheets.
Another minor update to Pressbooks is now available, with fixes for the plugin whitelisting functionality.
Here’s what we’ll be working on this sprint:
- Dynamic creation of glossary terms within the editor
- Buckram improvements for tables, lists and images
- Customization of webbook navigation cues
- DOI support in book metadata
You can also keep track of our release planning for the next couple weeks by visiting our GitHub projects!
We just released Pressbooks Stats 1.6.1, which fixes an issue with retrieving network storage when the uploads directory is a symbolic link. We’ll be deploying this update to all our hosted networks by Wednesday, October 17th.
In Q3, we added a couple new and exciting features to Pressbooks:
- Image attributions (thanks to Brad and Alex at BCcampus)
- New shortcodes to facilitate adding more complex content
We also released a new Open Source plugin, Pressbooks Shibboleth SSO, which provides bilateral Shibboleth SSO integration for Pressbooks networks. And we converted a few more themes to use Buckram, our theme component library, which gives us added flexibility to add new theme options for all themes.
In Q4 we’re wrapping up a few loose ends from our Q3 goals:
- UX improvements to the webbook Table of Contents
- UX improvements to the Export page
We’re also working on:
- UI and UX improvements to the Theme Options page
- Adding support for DOIs in Book Info and metadata outputs
- Testing integration with Gutenberg, WordPress’ new editing interface
- Continuing to convert themes and improve Buckram
As always, we’d love to hear your ideas for Pressbooks, so feel free to share them in the Pressbooks Community Forum!
This sprint we’re working on finishing some improvements to the webbook Table of Contents, an internal tool for our users to manage their communications preferences with Pressbooks, and converting more of our themes to Buckram.