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Kupu 1.1 beta 1 released

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Kupu 1.1 beta 1 released
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22 May 2004

The Kupu Team is pround to announce the first beta release of Kupu 1.1.
After the 1.0.3 release, which was the first one to carry the new name
and license, the new version brings new, long-awaited features.

What is Kupu?
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Kupu is a client-side JavaScript What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)
editor. It works in both Mozilla and Internet Explorer based browsers
(including Netscape 7) and produces well-formed XHTML. Kupu is object
oriented and designed to be customizable and extensible.

Where to download
-----------------

You can find the release tarball at
http://kupu.oscom.org/download/

What is new in Kupu 1.1?
------------------------

o Templates for different systems are now generated using an
XML/XSLT-based templating system. The system is completely
extendable and customizable, thus allowing third-party developers to
integrate Kupu in their application even easier.

o Configuration of the editor instance is now done using embedded XML,
instead of non-standard attributes on the iframe element. This makes
it not-only standard-compliant, it is also much easier to extend the
set of configuration directives.

o Some core functionality is now covered by unit tests, based on the
JavaScript testing framework ECMAUnit. This has helped to improve
the code quality in JavaScript environments tremendously.

o A new way of inserting images and linking to documents were
implemented: library drawers. Drawers are windows that open up
inside the browser without invoking a browser popup. Library drawers
load information about linkable/insertable objects from the server
via standardized XML. That makes them indepentend of any target
platform.

o Stateful buttons now indicate when the cursor is inside text that is
bold, underlined, etc.

o Apart from ordered and unordered lists, Kupu also now supports
adding HTML definition lists.

o A cross-browser selection API was implemented to allow manipulation
of a document's arbitrary elements using selections and cursors.

o Access key functionality was added.

o The Silva integration has been improved a lot. This is the first
release with complete Silva support.

o Integration into Plone has been completely rewritten. It now
features a complete server-side implementation of the drawers while
providing basic support for the WYSIWYG editor API.

What to expect from Kupu in the future?
---------------------------------------

For the final 1.1 release, we hope to mainly improve some of the UI
aspects. For the more distant future, we hope to make our editor
compliant with ATAG, the W3C's standard for editor accessability. On the
technical side of things, we are working on completing editor
configuration and initialization through XML as well as the
cross-browser selection API. We hope to make more and more components
available as separate packages, such as ECMAUnit by Guido Wesdorp or the
great Sarissa cross-browser library by Manos Batsis.

Special thanks to
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- Felicia Wong for the new shiny Kupu logo
- Holger Krekel and Codespeak for the invaluable support
- Manos Batsis for Sarissa
- Jan Smith for testing and finding bugs
- ETH for support and inspiration
- OSCOM for support and resources
- Infrae for support

On behalf of the Kupu Team,

Philipp von Weitershausen
Jul 23 '05 #1
3 1059
Guido Wesdorp wrote:
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Kupu 1.1 beta 1 released
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The demo at http://philikon.de/files/kupu/common/kupu.html is terrible
buggy...
JW

Jul 23 '05 #2
Janwillem Borleffs wrote:
Guido Wesdorp wrote:
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Kupu 1.1 beta 1 released
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The demo at http://philikon.de/files/kupu/common/kupu.html is terrible
buggy...
JW

Which browser are you using? It works quite okay for me (except for the
drawers: this is a standalone demo and the link and image drawers
require some server side support, some service that provides xml and
since that is not available they pop up an exception, quite ugly, we
should do something about that)... Do note btw that what you see there
is a nightly build, which is a bit less stable (or should be at least ;)
than the release.

Cheers,

Guido
Jul 23 '05 #3
Guido Wesdorp wrote:
Which browser are you using? It works quite okay for me (except for
the drawers: this is a standalone demo and the link and image drawers
require some server side support, some service that provides xml and
since that is not available they pop up an exception, quite ugly, we
should do something about that)... Do note btw that what you see there
is a nightly build, which is a bit less stable (or should be at least
;) than the release.


I'm using IE 6. After a few random clicks I'm getting "Object expected"
errors.

Perhaps it's an idea not to use nightly builds for the demo, but stable
versions only.
JW

Jul 23 '05 #4

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