[LON-CAPA-admin] LON-CAPA version 2.10.0.RC2
ljensen at mail.tmcc.edu
Sat Jan 15 04:20:15 EST 2011
Please ignore the question about the login screen colors - I figured
that one out.
On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 12:45 AM, Lars Jensen <ljensen at mail.tmcc.edu> wrote:
> Hi Stuart,
> The new look and functionality is nice!
> A couple of questions and comments: When I did step 9):
> su www
> I got an error because www doesn't have read permissions in /etc/httpd/logs
> My question is: What do I need to change the dark green color right
> above the "Log in" fields on the frot page http://schubert.tmcc.edu ?
> On our page it would look better with the same green color our logo
> and the bar at the top has.
> On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 7:45 PM, Stuart Raeburn <raeburn at msu.edu> wrote:
>> New Testing Version 2.10.0.RC2 Released
>> This version is currently installed on production servers at MSU.
>> I expect to release this as the 2.10.0 final release within a few days.
>> This new version contains some changes in default colors and changes
>> in CSS styles. It is recommended that users logging into LON-CAPA 2.10.0
>> with a web browser which they have used recently to log-in to an
>> earlier version of LON-CAPA, use a shift-reload, after log-in and role
>> selection, to force reload of any cached css files.
>> In addition, if a Domain Coordinator has previously configured the
>> domain with background colors or font colors which are different from
>> the defaults, she/he should select a Domain Coordinator role,
>> Author role, Course Coordinator role and Student role, in turn, to confirm
>> that text and background color choices for the different contexts provide
>> sufficient contrast. There have been one or two changes in the way color
>> settings are used in the new interface, as well as in the default color
>> choices themselves.
>> Changes from 2.9.1
>> General User Interface
>> - User interface styles, colors and fonts are now more uniform
>> throughout LON-CAPA.
>> - A consistent style is used for menus and sub-menus.
>> - Breadcrumb trails are more ubiquitous.
>> - The use of icons is now more common, and in many cases existing
>> icons have been replaced with new ones which depict functionality
>> more clearly.
>> - A compact display is used for common elements on each page.
>> In order, from the top:
>> - A primary menu which contains links to features which are
>> independent of the current role. This includes a "Messages"
>> link which will change to "New Messages" if new LON-CAPA messages
>> have been received.
>> - A secondary menu containing links to features specific to the
>> current role.
>> - A breadcrumb trail which encapsulates the context of the
>> current page in the hierarchy of menus and sub-menus.
>> In the case of resources in a course, the right hand side
>> of the breadcrumb bar contains icons for common utilities
>> (feedback, printout generation etc.).
>> - A functions list which contains specific functions for the
>> current page available for the current role.
>> - Where colors are used to highlight things, colors used are
>> subtler and deployed more sparingly within a page.
>> - Text Areas which support a Rich Text (or WYSIWYG) Editor, now
>> include a link for each instance to toggle the editor on/off
>> for that instance alone.
>> - Rich Text Editor updated to CKEditor 3.
>> - Updated design for "templated pages: "About Me", Simple Page,
>> Syllabus, standalone Discussion Board.
>> - Redesigned log-in page.
>> - LON-CAPA standard display (tables with alternating light/darker
>> gray tables) used in Construction Space and Portfolio.
>> - "Global" WYSIWYG preference in "Set my user preferences" and
>> single link on pages containing textareas eliminated.
>> (Replaced with link to toggle for each textarea).
>> Authoring Resources
>> - New Problem Templates:
>> - Custom Response using Computer Algebra System and Hints
>> - External Response
>> - Drop Box
>> - Input-Dependent Problems:
>> - Using Learner Answer in Multipart Numerical Problem,
>> - Using Learner Formula in Graph with Formula Response
>> - Using Learner Formula in Graph with Math Response
>> - Randomized Question Stem Radio Button Response
>> - Upload of HTML files with references to embedded objects etc.
>> - More comprehensive feedback on reference detection.
>> - Reference updates in HTML file for changed paths originally
>> only available for upload of HTML file in course,
>> now available for uploads in all contexts.
>> - Consistent set of colors used in colorful editor.
>> - Colorful editor provides insert item to wrap content within a
>> problem part.
>> - Optionresponse problems:
>> - Can suppress display of checkbox choices.
>> - Display of bullet suppressed if there is only one foil.
>> - Improvements in printouts for problems with a part which
>> contains multiple responses.
>> Student Interface
>> - Portfolio: No upload to portfolio if the uploaded file is zero
>> bytes in size.
>> - Dropbox: Improved student interface for managing files submitted
>> to dropbox over multiple tries.
>> - Display of submitted files for dropbox and Bridge Task
>> includes warning about consequences of file deletion.
>> - Clarification on how to disassociate previously submitted
>> files for dropbox or Bridge Task assessment items.
>> - Course Catalog will display the end date for self-enrollment
>> both before and during availability of self-enrollment.
>> - Fonts and icons used for the Course Contents screen are more
>> compact. Icons replace the "Select Action" dropdown list.
>> - Can choose to overwrite when uploading a file to the portfolio
>> if a file with the same name already exists in the same path
>> (unless the file is locked).
>> - If the portfolio file is locked for an assignment with access
>> controlled by a slot which is currently open for the user,
>> overwrite is still possible.
>> - If the "Course roster" is included within a course, forward and
>> backward arrows are now included to permit navigation to adjacent
>> course items.
>> - For assignments for which collaborators can be specified:
>> collaborators can be modified when new submissions are made.
>> - Files submitted to dropbox items directly from the student's
>> desktop instead of by selecting from the portfolio are now also
>> stored in the student's portfolio (thereby allowing return of
>> a version with instructor comments to the student).
>> - Transactions which were to hide/unhide or delete posts do not
>> contribute to the count of visible postings.
>> - New set of "smilies"/emoticons. Smilies that could conflict
>> with URLs and mathematical expressions disallowed.
>> Course/Community Management
>> - Information about specific LON-CAPA version required is
>> available in Course Configuration (General Settings) -
>> determined by content, and parameters in use (e.g. questiontypes).
>> - Course Editor
>> - A tabbed interface separates editing of items in the main
>> course contents area from editing of items in the (optional)
>> supplemental documents area.
>> - Editor Functionality is separated into: Import Documents,
>> Published Resources, Special Documents and Tools. These items
>> are now below the listing of resources in the current folder,
>> and buttons have been replaced with icons/links.
>> - Parameter Manager
>> - Overview/Table Mode: List of selectable Folders includes
>> indentation to show course hierarchy of folders and sub-folders;
>> "Parameters to View" is a list which can be expanded or collapsed.
>> - Modify Mode: Radio buttons replace free form textbox to assist
>> in assignment of appropriate value for "Question Type".
>> - Browsing LON-CAPA shared repository: Style and icons consistent
>> with listing of files in Course Contents display for a course.
>> - For roles in Courses/Communities requiring a specific minimum
>> LON-CAPA version, in cases where the server hosting the session
>> is not running a sufficiently recent version:
>> (a) If server hosting the session is running 2.10 or later, a
>> link is provided for the role on roles/courses screen to switch
>> to a server in the user's domain or to a server in the course's
>> domain (if any have required version).
>> (b) For servers hosting sessions running 2.9 or earlier, only roles
>> which can be run on the version on the server hosting the session
>> are available.
>> - New problem modes (i.e., "questiontypes")
>> - Anonymous survey (submission information not tied to
>> identifiable user information).
>> - Anonymous survey with credit for submission
>> - Survey with credit for submission
>> - New Randomization after N tries (N set as a parameter; default = 1).
>> - Simple Problem Type (added directly to a course via Course
>> Editor) now includes a "simple numerical" type.
>> - Time intervals are supported for resources for which access is
>> - For case sensitive and case insensitive stringresponse problems,
>> the computer's answer is available in the detailed submission display
>> for each submission.
>> - Groups: the link to the group homepage supports cases where the
>> group homepage has an encrypted url.
>> - Course Requests: now allow users without existing accounts to be
>> included in course creation requests, as long as a default
>> type has been set for the domain.
>> - Slots: for slots schedulable by student slot can set slot to
>> send message(s) when student reserves slot or releases reservation.
>> Domain Coordination/Domain Settings
>> - Domain Coordinators can control:
>> (a) where their users may have sessions hosted (by internet
>> domain and/or LON-CAPA version).
>> (b) which other domains may have user sessions hosted on
>> servers in the domain.
>> - Domain configuration to set a portal or default URL, e.g., a
>> loadbalancer server or a specific alias on a multidomain server.
>> - Linked select boxes in course catalog can support names of
>> categories for components of the institutional codes used for
>> official courses which differ from the standard names: Year,
>> Semester, Department, Number.
>> - Number of responders to anonymous survey items required before
>> displaying anonymized submission data can be set for domain.
>> Internals/system behavior
>> - No longer stop and start firewall rules for existing hosts when
>> nightly loncron connection check is made for new servers in the
>> - LON-CAPA log files contain less superfluous logging (e.g., for
>> non-existent metadata files).
>> - LON-CAPA's Apache configuration file includes a directive for
>> cacheable files which allows a user's browser to use the disk cache
>> for such files served via SSL.
>> - Breadcrumbs added to "Preparing Printout" and "Download PDF" pages.
>> - New translations and improvements for German interface.
>> - Default to English for any untranslated phrases in simplified
>> Chinese interface.
>> - Need for pre-2.10 "Text-based Interface Login" and
>> "Accessibility Options" items eliminated by improving accessibility
>> of regular pages (e.g., alt tags standard).
>> - Course Coordination Manual updated to include new icons and discussion
>> of redesigned general user interface.
>> - Domain Coordination Manual expanded to include entries about
>> access to Server Status pages, course defaults, and hosting of
>> user sessions.
>> Installation Notes:
>> To use this release you need to have version 1-18 of LONCAPA-prerequisites
>> SuSE/SLES only:
>> If you are running SuSE/SLES you will need to modify:
>> to include:
>> in APACHE_MODULES, if it is not already included.
>> You can do this using a text editor, or you can download the
>> installation tarfile for your SLES/SuSE version file from:
>> http://install.loncapa.org/versions/suse and then replace the existing
>> /etc/sysconfig/apache2 with the sysconfig_apache2 included in
>> the installation directory extracted by untarring the slesN_install.tar or
>> suseN.M_install.tar tarfile, appropriate for your distro.
>> To install this update:
>> 1) You will need to be running CentOS 5, RHEL (AS|ES) 4, 5 or 6,
>> Scientific Linux 5, SLES 9, 10 or 11, Fedora Core 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14,
>> or SuSE 11.1, 11.2 or 11.3. (Fedora Core 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9, and
>> SuSE 10.1, 10.2 & 10.3 should continue to work, but are deprecated.)
>> 2) Update LONCAPA-prerequisites to 1-18.
>> (a) Fedora
>> yum update
>> (b) RedHat Enterprise 4
>> up2date -u LONCAPA-prerequisites
>> (c) Red Hat 5 and 6/Centos 5/Scientific Linux 5
>> yum update
>> (d) SuSE/SLES
>> Use yast-> Installation Source to refresh the LON-CAPA repository
>> Use yast->Software Management->Search to update LONCAPA-prerequisites
>> On all distributions, it is recommended that you check that you have
>> the correct versions of LONCAPA-prerequisites installed before proceeding.
>> rpm -q LONCAPA-prerequisites
>> should report:
>> (where X is a distro identifier e.g., centos5.lc)
>> 3) Download the new LON-CAPA tarball from
>> wget http://install.lon-capa.org/versions/loncapa-2.10.0.tar.gz
>> and untar it
>> tar xzvf loncapa-2.10.0.tar.gz
>> 4) stop the LON-CAPA system services
>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol stop
>> 5) stop the webserver:
>> Fedora/RHEL/Centos/Scientific Linux
>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd stop
>> SLES 9:
>> /etc/init.d/apache stop
>> SUSE 11.1,11.2,11.3/SLES 10,SLES 11:
>> /etc/init.d/apache2 stop
>> 6) Run the UPDATE script as root
>> cd loncapa-2.10.0
>> 7) restart the LON-CAPA system services
>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/loncontrol start
>> 8) restart the webserver:
>> Fedora/RHEL/Centos/Scientific Linux
>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start
>> SLES 9:
>> /etc/init.d/apache start
>> SUSE 11.1,11.2,11.3/SLES 10,11:
>> /etc/init.d/apache2 start
>> 9) It is also recommended that loncron is run
>> (as the www user) after installation/update is complete.
>> su www
>> This will write to files in /home/httpd/lonTabs used to
>> store information about LON-CAPA versions on other servers in
>> the cluster to which the server belongs. It may take some
>> minutes to complete as the script will contact other servers
>> in the LON-CAPA network sequentially.
>> 1) Many questions are answered at http://help.lon-capa.org
>> 2) Defects reports, and enhancements requests can be entered at
>> 3) Mailing lists can be joined and left at http://mail.lon-capa.org
>> Stuart Raeburn
>> LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
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>> LON-CAPA-admin at mail.lon-capa.org
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