Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 47:
• Open to Everyone: Joomla Accessibility Goals
• PLT Names Two New Members
• Leadership Terms, Goals, and Documentation
• David Hurley Named Joomla Community Development Manager
• Joomla! World Conference 2012 and Geeks Gone Wild
• Cyber monday deals abound
• Josetta 1.3.2 released
• Save up to $150 on Joomla add-ons during the 1-day Cyber Monday sale
• The 2012 Joomla World Conference has wrapped up
• K2 v2.6.2 now available
Written by Angie Radtke
The international Joomla conference is behind us. It is always great meeting people face to face. It is at moments like this that things, often discussed at length, can be quickly and effectively brought into focus. In version 3.0, we have accessibility issues in the frontend as well as the backend. The goal should be to fix them step by step. It will not happen overnight.
For this reason, we have established a working group to work in cooperation with the UX working group. The long-term goal is to make Joomla the first CMS that is really compliant with the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines. Through our discussions, two primary approaches have emerged: the development of accessibility guidelines, and the fixing of recognised accessibility issues.
Written by Mark Dexter
The Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Michael Babker and Nick Savov. Michael has been developing using Joomla! since 2010, coming to the Bug Squad shortly after the first 1.6 Beta. In the time since he has gone from being a user of the product with no programming experience to writing code for the CMS and Platform, either in the form of extensions or core contributions. Developing code is a hobby for him.
His day job sees him work in the IT field primarily in help desk and network management roles, skills he brings back to his Joomla contributions while interacting on the tracker or mailing lists. Always seeking a challenge and learning, Michael holds an Associate of Arts in Information Technology with a concentration in Web Design as well as other technical certifications spread throughout the IT field.
Written by Andrea Tarr
At recent joint leadership summits, proposals were made for improving the way that the Production Leadership Team (PLT), the Community Leadership Team (CLT) and the Open Source Matters (OSM) board function. The three leadership teams have established terms and reviews, set up a group to suggest strategy and goals for the project and agreed to document roles, policies and procedures. A governance working group has also been set up.
Establishing Terms and Reviews
Terms for all leadership team members (PLT, CLT & OSM) are for one year. Moving to a new leadership team starts a new term. Terms are renewable, subject to the review and evaluation process below.
Written by Mark Dexter
The Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hurley as our first Community Development Manager. In September we put out the word about this new volunteer position. After reviewing all of the applications, David was our unanimous choice for the job.
David's primary duties in this position will be:
Keep up with current development activity in the Production Working Groups
Help keep the communications channels open among developers and the community. Be a single point of contact for new prospective code contributors.
Conduct active outreach to the third-party development community
Coordinate with Google Summer of Code and other student outreach programs to encourage the recruitment of student volunteers into the Joomla community.
Written by Joe Joomla
I did some really dumb things at the first Joomla! World Conference in San Jose, California. But what’s a big event without memorable stories? First though, this was an excellent conference attended by an International audience of developers, integrators, and users. The speakers were impressive. I was really excited about going to this conference. Many of the people behind the latest innovations in Joomla! were there in person. I felt like a kid on my way to a candy store with a credit card. This was going to be a great weekend.
The venue was eBay’s Town Hall in San Jose, California. Some of the top Joomla! talent is employed at eBay. It’s an inspiring place to meet. Here’s a list of the sessions and the speakers who were at this event. It’s going to take a long time to watch the videos of all the sessions I didn’t get to go to in person.
Written by Anthony Olsen
Even though I've been running an online business for almost five years now, I'm kind of new to the idea of Cyber Monday. So it's kind of exciting to see the awesome number of deals available and not just only for Joomla users. Here are a collection of deals available from us, our friends and some of my favourite purveyors of online goods.
Joomlabamboo - Bamboothanks 25% off.
The bamboothanks coupon can be added to existing coupon codes - jbrenewal and jbrenewal2 to save up to 45% on your new or renewing subscription.
Written by Ron van Schaik
Today we announce the immediate availability of Josetta® 1.3.2 build 448, which is fully compatible with Joomla! 2.5! This is a maintenance release.
Bug fix for the Joomfish importer with new tabbed interface. Recent updates also include a new tabbed translation interface, with all languages together, plus popup access to translation page from anywhere in the backend! It features increased speed for displaying items available for translations, and several updated translations. Also note that K2 now has built in support for Josetta® translation manager!
Written by Victor Drover
Now that Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, Anything Digital is launching their first-ever Cyber Monday sale with lots of savings for Joomla users.
Cyber monday sales on most of our titles
If you’re using the new multilingual features of Joomla 2.5, Josetta® is the perfect addition and today you can save nearly 25% on a 1-year subscription. Or perhaps you’re struggling with the recent changes in the Joomla search feature called Finder.
Advance Site Search gives you the perfect balance of features and power without time-consuming indexing cycles. You can now get Advanced Site Search for just 70% of our regular price. JCal Pro® — the Joomla calendar — is one of our most popular Joomla add-ons and today you can save $20 to $50 on select subscription plans.
Written by Ron van Schaik
The show is over and it has taken a few days to settle back in and reflect. The 2012 Joomla World Conference was a resounding success and Anything Digital would like to thank the organizers for making this another Joomla event we have been very proud to sponsor. There was always some session to meet the needs of any and all the attendees. Session were included from varied topics within the Joomla Community, Designer, Integrator, and Developer streams.
Anything Digital was well represented as Victor Drover, Ron van Schaik and Jeff Channell as well as Yannick Gaultier (lead developer of Josetta® and sh404SEF®) were there to not just to represent but also to present. The Watchful booth was constantly buzzing with excitement which filled us with pride and the adrenaline which along with the constant flow of coffee kept us going.
Written by Fotis Evangelou
K2 version 2.6.2 is now available to download or update. An exciting release as it brings some small but significant improvement to "Extra Fields". Users of version 2.6.0 and 2.6.1 are advised to upgrade as we have addressed lots of minor issues, especially in Joomla! 3.0.
For the impatient, grab the update here: http://getk2.googlecode.com/files/K2_v2.6.2.zip
If you are on Joomla! 1.5, grab the zip file from the link above and install it on top of your existing K2 version. If you are on Joomla! 2.5 or 3.0, go to the Joomla! update manager, purge the update cache, re-check and you'll see the new release available to instantly update. If you are on Joomla! 1.6 or 1.7 then someone probably cut off your internet connection a year ago: upgrade to 2.5 now!