Update to EdWeb 1.5 part1

Finally had some time to look at updating web.inf to the latest EdWeb release, 1.5. Rather than updating the live site web.inf.ed.ac.uk, I first tried it out on a copy of web.inf running on adpurl. See my previous post on creating a script to now make creating a clone of web.inf.

Following the usual instruction on updating via drush on the¬†http://dist.drupal.is.ed.ac.uk/project/uoe_distribution web site, it sort of worked, but there were some obvious graphic anomalies. I guessed this was due to our local modified theme that gives us local search, and removes the banner image. To achieve those I had to ship a modified version of the page.tpl.php file from the normal UoE theme, and doing a diff I could see that some things had changed. So I’ve updated our theme page template with the differences from the latest 1.5 template.

The updated template fixed the layout, but some more work may be needed if our theme is to support the new colour palettes that 1.5 now supports. Simply giving one of them a quick test, replaced our theme altogether, so you got the “blue” theme for example, but you also got the banner image back and the default “search ed.ac.uk” search function. Fortunately Kenny says he’s happy with the default red scheme for now.

EdWeb updates always warn you about the possibility that some settings revert back to the EdWeb default during an update. With previous updates, we seem to have got away with this, but this time it looks like we haven’t. We’d changed some default settings so that web editors could opt NOT to use the WYSIWYG ckeditor, however this is one setting that’s been reverted back to default following the update, there could be others. The recommended solution is to use the “Features” module to record changes and then have them reapplied following updates. I’ve not yet spent any time looking at this, but it looks like I will now have to do so.

So as it stands, web.inf is still running 1.4, I’ll look at what other settings have been reset, and workout how to make them persistent via the Features module. That will be “part 2”.


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