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CKEditor Weekly for May 25, 2015

Here is your weekly dose of CKEditor updates! Last week we were catching up with our community's pull requests on Github. We also managed to launch the preview of CKFinder 3 and Accessibility Checker. Read on for more!

CKEditor in Review

  • We managed to catch up with community’s pull requests on Github and we are happy to see an increasing number of quality pull requests. We really appreciate pull requests that already include tests, otherwise we cannot merge them until tests are added. Whether you are a consistent contributor to CKEditor or a part-time supporter, please make sure that you read our guides on contributing code and our testing environment.
  • New search engine was introduced on CKEditor and CKSource websites last week. It's based on Google Custom Search and not only queries our websites but also other related resources such as our documentation pages. Thanks to this update, our search results are more accurate.

Other Projects

CKFinder 3

Last week was special for CKFinder as the whole team worked on the final preparation for the CKFinder 3 Preview launch. After cleaning up the API, polishing the documentation, the CKFinder 3 Preview website was launched on Thursday.

CKFinder Main Dashboard

CKFinder 3 Image Editor

CKFinder 3 introduced plenty of new features and improvements:

  • Support for cloud/remote storage, including Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP.
  • Compatibility with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
  • New skins, including "Moono" compatible with CKEditor 4.
  • New "compact" display mode with folders being rendered together with files.
  • Brand new image editor allowing to crop, resize and rotate images as well as set brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure and more.
  • User-friendly slider in the settings panel to quickly change the size of thumbnails.
  • Enhanced read-only mode allowing to use CKFinder as a simple gallery/file picker.
  • Developer-friendly API with extensive documentation and sample plugins.

If you are interested in trying out the new CKFinder, check the CKFinder 3 Preview website.

After you get to know CKFinder 3 you are most welcome to share your opinion about it in the survey that we prepared. Your feedback to this survey will shape the future of CKFinder and your help is much appreciated!

Additionally, another way you can help us out is by providing translations for the user interface of CKFinder 3. If you see that your native language version is missing or incomplete, feel free to submit your translation. For translators that significantly improve any of the existing language files or provide a new language version we prepared free licenses for CKFinder with one year of support. You can find full details on how to provide CKFinder localizations in the documentation.

Accessibility Checker

Accessibility Checker Demo

Last week during the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) we have officially revealed our latest brainchild - Accessibility Checker - which is closely integrated with CKEditor. Accessibility Checker is the first tool that enables you to check your content for accessibility issues and fix them before you go live. It is built upon three key elements:

  1. User interface optimized for quick problem solving
  2. Flexibility allowing you to use the accessibility checking engine of your choice
  3. Quick Fix feature allowing you to eliminate common problems fully automatically

You can also learn more about creating accessible websites in a WYSIWYG editor from our latest blog post "5 Tips on How to Improve Accessibility When Creating Your Web Content in a WYSIWYG Editor"

Around the Net

  • The ckeditor gem was updated to version 4.1.2.
  • The Django admin CKEditor integration has been updated. It provides a "RichTextField" and "CKEditorWidget" utilizing CKEditor with image upload and browsing support.
  • The latest Scald release provides support for the new widget functionality of the latest CKEditor library.
  • Line Height - this plugin adds the functionality to set the line-height property of an element similar to the font-size.

That sums up the last week. If you would like to be featured in one of our CKEditor Weeklies, or have an interesting tidbit that relates to CKEditor, leave a comment below or contact us. 

Enjoy the upcoming week!

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