PolarBlog V1.6.0 (Hitchhiker) Released

PolarBlog V1.6.0 (Hitchhiker) has been released.  This release fixes a number of bugs as well as implements a variety of smaller changes.

  • Backed out V1.5.0 change that displayed the topic before the entry name on the Index Page.
  • The CSS for the Recent Entries, Topics and Other Blogs lists has been updated in the CSS files distributed with PolarBlog.  Details about this change can be found in this PolarBlog CSS blog entry.
  • Upgrade to MySqlDb class to V1.6.0.
  • Upgraded PHPMailer to V1.73.  This addresses a potential DOS attack exploit.
  • Disabled DB class debug messages which generally don't want enabled.
  • Addition of UTF-8 German language translation.
  • Addition of French language translation in ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8 character sets.
  • Added DISPLAY_DISABLED text to disabled comments.  This is the same as what is done on disabled entries.
  • The RSS feed generator has been substantially reworked.  Full support for HTTP Conditional GET's has been implemented.  It now checks your last updated entry in the database to determine if the feed should be regenerated.  It there are no new entries a 304 not changed header is returned.  If there are new entries, the RSS expire time is checked.  If the expire time has passed then a feed is generated, otherwise a 304 is returned.
  • Added "//setlocale(); //see documentation for usage" to the the config.php.dist file's localization section.  There have been some users that have needed this to make their localization work properly.  Unless you are installing for the first time and your installation is working fine, you can need not worry about this setting.
  • As always there were several updates to the docmentation.  Most notably, the .htaccess File section of has been updated.  You are advised to review this updated section.
Bug Fixes
  • Changed the RSS feed alternate link tag from the text rss20.xml to rss,php the dynamic feed generator.  If you are not using the default index.php page, but are rather using your own custom or integrated page, you may want to check/update this setting in the link tag of your installation.
  • Removed errorneous colon from German NO_SEARCH_RESULT translation.  This was resulting in a double colon because there is already one in the coded output.
  • Using TOPIC_ICON_WIDTH was not working properly and failing validation because of a missing space.
  • Failing XHTML validator on comments anchor.  This has been fixed by wrapping this is in a
  • Fixed typo error that was causing space entities ( ) to appear in comment notification emails.
  • Edit Comment displays "Display Entry" checkbox was always checked even when the comment was disabled.  The display flag on the comment is now respected properly.
  • Suppression of Ping-O-Matic! errors when the service is temporarily unavailable.
Configuration Changes
  • None
See the PolarBlog Changes file for more information.  Please see the PolarBlog Upgrading documentation for information on upgrading your installation.

This release is named "Hitchhiker" in memory of Douglas Adams.  I began work on this release on May 11, the 3rd anniversary of his death.  "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish".
August 24, 2005 @ 10:37 am | Category:
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