Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0

Holy revamped settings Batman! Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 introduces a new settings scheme. First off, the old anchor templates have been replaced with more powerful breadcrumb templates. These templates accept HTML, and have the following dynamic tags:

  • %title% The title for the breadcrumb, typically the page title/name, tags are stripped and it is run through esc_attr().
  • %htitle% The title for the breadcrumb, typically the page title/name, tags are left intact.
  • %link% The URL to the resource (page) that the breadcrumb represents.
  • %type% The breadcrumb type. This is output as a comma delimited list, useful for setting as a group of classes for styling.

Some of your old settings will be migrated, others that do not have a direct equivalent in 4.0 will not be migrated and the default value will be selected until you change it. Double check your settings after migration. Internally, every setting has changed. If you directly access the bcn_breadcrumb_trail class please take note, your old calling code will probably not work.

On the new features front, the URL generated for current items is now a true URL, resolving issues several users have reported in the past. Fall back functions for the PHP multibyte string functions are included for users without multibyte support (falls back to the equivalent non-multibyte string functions). Finally, for Custom Post Types, the CPT archive breadcrumb can be turned off if not wanted.

The help tab has been revamped to take advantage of WordPress 3.3’s new help tab functions. Additional information has been provided within the help tab. Finally, the form previously in the Import/Export/Reset tab has been moved under the help tab.

Bug fix wise, several regressions between 3.8.0 and 3.9.0 were fixed, along with some long standing bugs. Two such bugs are related to CPTs. The first is breadcrumb trails for CPTs respect the root page setting once again. The second is CPTs without WordPress CPT archives enabled will no longer cause a double root page breadcrumb to be generated. Minor tweaks to the styling of the settings page were made that allow all modern browsers to have a common experience. Finally, another cause of the “Settings not saved” error message has been fixed.

Translation wise, due to the major changes in settings structure, many strings have changed translation wise. Only the Spanish translation has been updated. The Norwegian translation is forthcoming. None of the other translators have responded to the update notice. Going forward, a GlotPress install has been setup for Breadcrumb NavXT and will be used for all future releases. You can check out the Breadcrumb NavXT translation project to see the status of the translation for your language. Sign ups for translating through this GlotPress install will be open soon.

You can grab the latest version of Breadcrumb NavXT from the Breadcrumb NavXT page. If you experience any issues with this version of Breadcrumb NavXT, please leave a comment on this post detailing the issue.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 Beta 1

Yes, you read that correctly, there is a beta release. Yes, this is a tagged release. Yes, the last time there was a beta was four years ago. Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 is feature complete, after an extended development cycle. Several items that were goals for 4.0 have been pushed back to 4.1 and 4.2. These include contextually aware taxonomy selection and a multisite “global admin” interface.

Regardless, several objectives were achieved. Custom post type support has been improved. Several issues regarding custom post type archives and root pages for custom post types have been fixed. The way current items are handled has changed as well. Proper links for current items, if set to be linked, are now generated. The settings page has received a minor update, taking advantage of new features found in WordPress 3.3. Finally, the biggest change in 4.0 is the change in the settings structure. Prefixes, suffixes, and anchor templates were replaced with a linked and unlinked breadcrumb template.

Note, Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 has been developed against WordPress 3.3. This beta and the final release will require WordPress 3.3. Please keep this in mind while testing.

Grab Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0.0-Beta1 and report any bugs in the comments section of this post.

-John Havlik

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WordCamp MSP 2011?

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A year ago, we had a nice turnout for the first WordCamp in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. That event was announced about 8 months in advanced, and dew in quite a few speakers from throughout the United States. We had 5 tracks spanning from 9:00AM to 7:00PM. Actual attendance numbers were never released, but somewhere between 250 and 400 people is a good estimate.

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Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 Alpha

Grab it while it is still warm! Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 Alpha is now available, in SVN Trunk. It has been several years since Breadcrumb NavXT has had an Alpha/Beta release. With the underlying changes in the settings structure, it seemed appropriate to have an informal Alpha release in addition to a formal Beta release.

Note that this is Alpha quality software, not all features that will be in 4.0 have been implemented yet. Several features slated for 4.0 have not been implemented yet. Some features in the settings page are not working currently do to changes in WordPress 3.3 (waiting for 3.3 to stabilize). The plan is to use the new Help menu constructs to proved better documentation within the plugin. Additionally, the Import/Export/Reset tab needs a new home, most likely under the new Help menu.

This would be a good time to note that Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 will require WordPress 3.3. Finally, SVN Trunk will be usable (non-broken) from today until after 4.0 is released. If you find any bugs/PHP errors/PHP warnings, please report them in the comments section of this post.

Grab the Alpha/SVN trunk version of Breadcrumb NavXT.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 Field Report

Currently, a quite dramatic change in settings, and as a result, behavior, is scheduled for Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0. The aim is to both reduce the number of options, while increasing the flexibility of Breadcrumb NavXT. This means replacing the prefix, suffix and anchor settings with two templates for most breadcrumb types. One template is the default template for the breadcrumb, the other is the template used when the breadcrumb is not linked. Note that some breadcrumbs will never use a linked template. There will be a settings upgrade/migration script from the 3.x settings to the 4.0 settings.

Unlike previous releases, 4.0 will have a full Alpha and Beta test release phase before the final version is available. The first Alpha will be available once the settings are fully changed over and a few required bug fixes are done. The first Beta will be available once all planned features are implemented. As for a release date, don’t plan on anything beyond an Alpha before October. This has been seriously delayed due to a project I was pulled into due to personnel issues. Hopefully, that project will be wrapping up soon.

-John Havlik

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