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Compass Release Notes

Phase III Sprint 9

May 21 2018


Comprises features and fixes from Sprints 7 and 8 of Phase III.

  • Enable PDF byte streaming so that PDF pages load before the whole document downloads

  • Add favicon

  • Install Islandora CRUD module

  • Fix bug: SQL error on save collection page

  • Fix bug: Colon in URLs escaped

  • Make date facets “opt-in” rather than “opt-out” at the collection level

  • Make submit button on self-submit forms match submit button on contact form

Phase III Sprint 6

April 6th 2018


Comprises features and fixes from Sprints 3 through 5 of Phase III.

  • Add serials & periodicals support using Newspaper solution pack

  • Add self submit workflows for end user to submit simple (one file) objects

  • Add social media share buttons and metadata for rich display of links on social media platforms

  • Add gallery mode for compound objects larger than eight items — removing film strip advance buttons

  • On Book Object detail pages move collection link above View & Pages tabs

  • On search listings fix accessibility errors detected by WebAIM WAVE

  • On compound objects fix accessibility issue where current item is not indicated

  • Create separate ingest and temporary file folders, and expand their capacity for larger batch ingests

  • Add selenium interface to automated testing rig

Phase III Sprint 2

February 26th 2018


  • Add workaround procedure for ingesting assets larger than 4Gb

  • Fix accessibility problem on object contact form preventing screen-reader users from seeing the form open up after clicking the “contact owner” button

  • Fix accessibility problem on compound object pages preventing screen-reader users from recognizing child objects navigation section

  • Add facility to generate large jpg option (in addition to small version) for download of large image objects

  • Fix missing abstract on compound object page

  • Make download file names more meaningful, include object pid in addition to datastream name

  • Make search stopwords list work on all fields, including title, not just OCR text

  • Add automatic checksum generation (PREMIS), periodic verification of FEDORA checksums, and integrity reporting feature sent via email

  • Add caption element to collection landing page hero images

  • Fix large image viewer not zooming out enough to see full image when image aspect ratio is unusually tall

  • Add ability to enable use of facets on a per-collection basis (feature disabled)

  • Several small bugs including: book tabs above breadcrumbs, stray commas and “Mt.” instead of “Mount” in access restriction note, book page breadcrumb link goes to Islandora collection, collection description fade out opaque in Safari

  • Several small changes including: Add number of collections on Browse All Collections page, change default settings when creating collection landing pages.

Phase III Fall Sprint 1

January 17th 2018


  • Transliterate non-ASCII characters to ASCII in collection urls

  • New feature to allow customizing facets on a per collection basis (feature disabled)

  • New call to action note element on collection pages for calling attention to undigitized materials with link to archival finding aid

  • Fix problems with OAI-PMH harvest of objects belonging to more than one collection

  • Fix advance button wrapping on IA book viewer

  • Overlay search boxes on collection banner images, and add background image on global search form

  • Add field for caption on homepage hero

  • Allow configuring of per item contact forms to go directly to respective object steward

  • Add search term in title of search page

Phase III Fall Sprint 0

December 7th 2017

Infrastructure updates to production servers and new staging environment.

Phase III Summer Sprint 3

October 4th 2017


Changes in this release:

  • Display asset access rules on object page

  • Remove "islandora" from object paths

  • Remove embargo message from search results

  • Fix some minor accessibility errors produced on home page

  • Fix bug with contact form colliding with image viewer

  • Make form field labels not red

Phase III Summer Sprint 2

No release

Phase III Summer Sprint 1


Changes in this release:

  • Make download dialog expand into flow of content instead of overlapping other elements on the page (usability)

  • Truncate item listing teaser text, so it doesn't expand height of items indefinitely

  • Make unstyled fedora collections inaccessible to non-admin users for tidiness

  • Add metadata, breadcrumbs and other page elements to book detail page which were missing

  • Disable scrolling in large image viewer so users don't accidentally zoom the image when they actually want to scroll the page (usability)

  • Fix bug wherein versions prior to Firefox 46 search results thumbnails run into the description text (browser compatibility)

  • Add feature to delete children when compound objects are deleted — skips if child has other parents

  • Show number of collections on institution landing pages

  • In object URLs use a plain colon in the object identifier instead of a percent-encoded version

  • Display user’s system user name instead, if the full name isn’t available from their institution's identity management system

  • Optimize PDF derivative settings to create smaller PDFs for faster load times for end users (this is not byte-streaming of linearized PDFs)

Phase II Release

June 2nd 2017

Initial release of core features

Major features and requirements:

  • Large image object type

  • Basic image object type

  • Generic PDF object type

  • Compound object type (comprising objects of the basic content models above)

  • Collection landing page

  • Basic search with facets, Latin unicode support, stock English stemming, stock stopword list on OCR content

  • Shibboleth login

  • Access permissions

  • Per item contact forms

  • All collections browse (rudimentary alphabetical listing)

  • Institution landing pages

  • Home page with listing of featured collections

  • Basic web content page

  • Look and feel and theming

  • Sitemap.xml for Google indexing

  • WCAG 2.0 AA compliance

  • Cross browser support for latest browsers

  • Responsive layout, but with limited mobile testing and support