As March approaches and the release of WordPress 2.5 nears, development on Breadcrumb NavXT 2.1 begins. Right now in the SVN, the trunk received a minor update that won’t be tagged, though it’s version happens to be 2.0.3. The trunk SVN in never stable unless immediately following a tagged release. Version 2.1 will feature:
A newly revamped Administrative interface. Complies with the WordPress 2.5 guidelines, even though they recommend using tables in ways that they shouldn’t be.
Smarter method for trimming the title to stay within the maximum length while not cutting off in the middle word.
Reimplement static front pages.
Allowing post breadcrumb organization by category or tags.
A widgetized version. (May or may not make it in this version, not sure if it is appropriate for this plug-in.)
Hopefully, the current problems that some are experiencing when enabling the Administrative interface can be resolved in an elegant manor. One cause of this is known and an appropriate error message with instructions on how to resolve the issue will be given to the user.
This is a quickish update based on the work of Tom Klingenberg and myself in fixing some deficiencies in the Administration interface. The administrative interface has been tweaked lightly, but not to the extent that will be present in 2.1. The multi-lingual system should work now, and a German translation has been included in the default distribution. As a heads up for anyone who has modified their Breadcrumb NavXT core file, the upcoming 2.1 may feature more drastic changes in the core as things are reorganized a bit. As always don’t rely heavily on modifications the anything in the api file as it is likely to change rapidly between versions.
¡Acebo ideomas diversos Batman! Si mi Espanol es un poco malo ahora, lo siento. With this new version many of the problems involving languages other than English should be resolved. A new filter at the end of the plug-in should hook into the WordPress Polyglot plug-in. Full support of the gettext localization standards used in WordPress has been added for the Administration interface. The documentation was not very clear on how to implement it, so it may or may not work, if someone can let me know if it works or not, or has worked with this system before and can help get it working that would be appreciated. Improvements over the old 1.x branch of Breadcrumb Navigation XT include hierarchical category support, rewritten core that should be easier to maintain, and total removal of custom wpdb queries. Keep in mind that this release is very much like the KDE 4.0 release. Some features may still be broken, and I’m planning subsequent bug-fix releases as bugs are reported.
There is a new, and separate page for Breadcrumb NavXT, file all bug reports in the comments of that page. The documentation is not ready yet, however the old Breadcrumb Navigation XT documentation should cover the bulk of the features in Breadcrumb NavXT.
As Christmas approaches one bears early gifts. The first is the release of Iframe-B-Gone 1.0.0. It should greatly help in identifying and removal malicious code that is contained within the wp_posts database table.
This is the first plug-in that one’s written that utilizes the official WordPress way of localization, included in the zip archive is a .po file that can be used in writing translations. If you have created a translation and would like it to be included in the main distribution please leave a comment. Iframe-B-Gone can be downloaded on its project page.
Note that even though this software has been tested in a testbed, it may not be fully ready for production use. Before utilizing the cleaning functions please backup the infected posts, as if any data is lost, or erroneously removed one can not help in restoring that data. This plug-in comes with absolutely no warranty. Use this software at your own risk, and report any bugs that are found. Unless a serious bug is discovered no updates to this plug-in will be released until the first of next year (Breadcrumb NavXT needs some loving).
No bugs were reported for Beta 1, but I did find a problem with the way the breadcrumb was build for pages. Beta 2 fixes that and not much else. I need feedback and translators. There is now a SVN repository for Breadcrumb NavXT, its over at wp-plugins.org. This version also has a slightly different file structure, the main folder for Breadcrumb NavXT is now breadcrumb-navxt instead of breadcrumb-navigation-xt-2. The change corresponds to the assigned directory in wp-plugins.org.