History:Server Release Notes/20060618

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Changelog for the 2006-06-18 Server Release

Attention.png Status: This is a temporary wiki page. The release date is tentative, depends how things work out in the testing phase --Keschte

Yada Yada

We just updated the main server with the latest and greatest features:

  • well not yet, but the test server is ;)

Not really new, or not so obvious features

  • The MusicBrainz web service has been polished and cleaned to be web standards compliant. We proudly serve the pages in XHTML 1.1, CSS 2.0 compliant mode.
  • The user interface has been given a face lift and a cleaner look.
  • We have made great steps on the terminology changes, which had hung in limbo for quite some time. From now on, the term album is reserved for release attributes. The albums are now called releases. The same is true for the term moderation: we replaced this with the more appropriate term edit.
  • Lots of static pages have been replaced with WikiDocs pages. This means that most of the documentation pages displayed on this very server are no longer static html pages, but are instead content transcluded from the MusicBrainz Wiki at http://wiki.musicbrainz.org. For each of these pages, a given revision is labeled as "official content", and is displayed inside the MusicBrainz site. (For example, compare http://musicbrainz.org/doc/ContactUs to http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/ContactUs). If the content is not labelled as official, it can still be browsed in the same way, but will be labelled as unofficial content. WikiDocs is a huge project, and some parts will always be in the works. Please talk to the Wikizens if you'd like to contribute!

New features

  • The "Release Editor" (nicknamed "The edit page to rule them all") replaces the FreeDB Import, the CD-Lookup as well as the "Edit all" workflows. It supports all the edit types usually applied to core entities (artist/release/tracks), including single artist conversions, various artist conversions, but also explicit changes to one track artist of a single artist release. This will allow us to more flexibly edit releases to conform to the new ReleaseArtistStyle, all in one go.
  • Timestamps on edit notes.
  • Diff display of changed titles on the voting (previously: moderation) pages.
  • Edits are linked to their respective documentation.
  • Edits show all the parent objects that are relevant for the current object (example: on a track title edit, the artist and the release are shown in the header).
  • Pending edits are shown and explained in more detail on the edit pages. Links are provided to review the pending edits.
  • The help blurbs on the editing pages were extended, and now include links to official WikiDocs documentation relevant to the current EditType.
  • GuessCase classical mode.
  • The Indexed Search was extended to include additional fields for the Artist Search. Users can choose to include artist names, sort names and alias' for more precise search results.
  • The Indexed Search results have an additional row which allows to add the entity to the Create Relationships list. This should allow to enter relationships much faster now.

Improved features

  • Lots of fixes for the GuessCase function.
  • Numerous others: please see the closed tickets for the current Milestone and Version.