Its here! The first beta of the new Breadcrumb NavXT 2.0. An improved administration interface now sports language files for enhanced localization support. Speaking of which, I need translators! I have created the english.php language file as a template, and started a bare-bones espanol.php (Spanish language file) which needs to be filled in with the translations from english.php. Breadcrumb NavXT, is located in many files under the breadcrumb-navigation-xt-2 folder, all localization files are located in the subfolder named languages. A new order of calling occurs in this version, and it shows up as two plug-ins in the plug-in menu, one “core” and one “administration interface”. If you intend to use the administration interface, only enable the administration interface plug-in as it will automatically load up the class located in the core file. Only enable the core plug-in if you are going to use the advanced method for integrating Breadcrumb NavXT into your blog, and you can figure out the differences for calling the differently named class. For basic users integration into your blog has not changed from the 1.10.x method.
You can grab the beta from the Breadcrumb Navigation XT page, or from the link below:
The beta is coming soon, very soon. I have a mostly functional version of the breadcrumb class working on my testbed, and tomorrow night I’ll get to work on the administration interface and creating the template for the language files. Then I’ll go back to tidying up loose ends in the class, and release a beta sometime tomorrow evening. So far, just about everything has been rewritten, and all custom wpdb queries were removed. This may cause a slight performance hit, but it should not be that big, unless the pages are very large, and this solves compatibility issues with some other plug-ins, namely the Polyglot plug-in. A the new hierarchical category system has been implemented, and there is now support for multi-paged searches, archives, and home pages. When the beta is released I will need testers that are willing to help debug the plug-in, as well as translators who are willing to write language files for the new administration interface.
Right now I need testers for:
Testing PHP4 compatibility (Even though I don’t officially support PHP4 anymore, I do try to keep things working in it)
Testing on blogs with various setups for static front pages, including the built in WordPress methods. It seems that the older versions still had bugs in regards to particular implementations of this, and it looked like the old code had some hacks that attempted to get things to work for static front pages. It’s time to get this working properly.
General testing, making sure options work as expected, etc.
Once the beta is out I request all bug reports be made in the post that it is announced in, this will keep the Breadcrumb NavXT page’s comment stream cleaner for once the plug-in is officially released.
Now with 100% more tags. That’s right, WordPres 2.3 is right around the metaphorical corner, and in preparation Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.10.0 is now safe for general consumption. Support for the Simple Tagging Plugin was dropped in favor of the WordPress 2.3 taxonomy scheme. Additional changes include some bug fixes with those combobox setting selectors in the administration interface and some code fix ups to use the WordPress API in a more consistent manner when dealing with taxonomy. Remember that this may cause PHP indigestion problems for WordPress 2.2 or earlier. The old version (1.9.x) will remain available for one month. However, version 1.9.x will no longer be supported one week after WordPress 2.3 is released.
Some users, while trying to use the new administration system for Breadcrumb Navigation XT, had problems with the breadcrumb displaying. These users happen to be running PHP4. Since both my development environment and my web server run versions of PHP5, it is not a simple task of maintaining full PHP4 compatibility. In order to regain PHP4 compatibility version 1.9.2 was released today with a fix which is both in bad style and potentially dangerous. I am seeking a more elegant solution but until then this will have to do. Beginning with Breadcrumb Navigation XT 2.0.0, the way the Administration interface is handled will change and will eliminate the current problem.
Holy GUIs, Batman! Yep, the new Breadcrumb Navigation XT administration panel/GUI is finished and distributed with the new version. Other than the administration panel, some tweaks were made involving the behavior for attachment posts (which are broken for certain permalink structures until WordPress 2.4), search pages, and date archive pages. Attachment posts are properly supported and recognized as an attachment of a post instead of a post in the ‘uncategorized’ category. Now in search pages, the search terms are output into the breadcrumb along with a customizable prefix and suffix replacing the single title of previous versions. Date archive pages when the year, month, and day are specified now allow three of the most common wording orders: big endian (ISO standard), middle endian (common in the US), and little endian (common in Europe).
The next major version 2.0.0 will contain major changes and support for WordPress 2.3. It will not be released until a WordPress 2.3 preview release has been released. 2.0.0 will nearly be rewritten from the ground up to address some performance concerns I have about the current code. These mainly pertain to unnecessary redundant branch statements that require some major work to fix. Until then, do grab Breadcrumb NavXT from its project page.