#mahara-dev: 66th Mahara developer meeting

Meeting started by anitsirk at 08:35:07 UTC (full logs).

Meeting summary

    1. anitsirk - Kristina Hoeppner, Catalyst NZ, Wellington, NZ (anitsirk, 08:35:16)
    2. Ghada El-Zoghbi, Catalyst AU, Sydney (anitsirk, 08:35:17)
    3. Ruslan Kabalin, Lancaster University, UK (anitsirk, 08:35:17)
    4. cecilia - Cecilia Vela Gurovic, Catalyst NZ, Wellington, NZ (anitsirk, 08:35:27)
    5. robertl_ is Robert Lyon, Catalyst in Wellington, NZ (anitsirk, 08:35:28)
    6. Gregor Anželj, Ljubljana, Slovenia, developer and translator (anitsirk, 08:35:28)
    7. Dmitrii Metelkin, Catatalyst AU, Melbourne, Australia (anitsirk, 08:35:28)
    8. beccab: Rebecca Blundell @ Catalyst IT in Wellington (anitsirk, 08:35:28)
    9. Gregor Pirker, Danube University Krems, Austria (anitsirk, 08:35:28)

  1. Web conferencing tool (anitsirk, 08:35:29)
    1. We've tried a couple of options and are giving our Catalyst Jitsi instance a go. The audio chat via Matrix is not yet robust, and Google hangouts only works for those who have a hangouts account. We'll see how today goes and whether we'll try something different next time. (anitsirk, 08:35:29)

  2. Upcoming features (anitsirk, 08:35:30)
    1. We are working on Mahara 18.10, which will have a number of new features, and has already received a few. (anitsirk, 08:35:30)
    2. The running record is available at https://bugs.launchpad.net/mahara/+bugs?field.milestone%3Alist=85083&field.tag=nominatedfeature (anitsirk, 08:35:37)
    3. Gregor Anzelj is working on isolated institutions. We still need to review the bulk of it and then there will most likely be some adjustments. (anitsirk, 08:35:37)
    4. The Catalyst team in the UK is working on institution tags, which will make it possible for institutions to define a set of "official" tags that the members of that institution can use. (anitsirk, 08:35:37)
    5. At Catalyst NZ we are also working on enhancing the tagging functionality. This seems to be a theme right now. :-) Blocks that are not tied to artefacts will be able to be tagged, and then it'll be possible to put all tagged content into a page based on one or more tags. This is pretty exciting because it flips the portfolio page creation around and allows you to put all content on a page and then remove it if you don't (anitsirk, 08:35:47)
    6. Not quite yet in the development stage, but the proposal stage is to figure out a way to make pages available outside of a collection and also make one page available across multiple collections. It's a tricky problem to solve, but thanks to funding from PHBern, we are investigating how to accomplish that and will then know more about what would be involved to make it happen. (anitsirk, 08:35:47)
    7. Cecilia is upgrading jQuery, which is a huge project in its own. (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    8. Rebecca is looking into fixing issues with PHP 7.2 so we can support it in 18.10. (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    9. Lots going on and that is besides the usual security updates, but fixing, forum replies etc. :-) (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    10. IDEA: Gridstack could replace our current page layouts and make them easier to handle (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    11. http://gridstackjs.com/ - There is a demo directly on that page. (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    12. Currently, Gridstack is not accessible. So we would need to find a way to provide an accessible version to the drag and drop option. That could potentially be some pre-made template layouts people can use. (anitsirk, 08:35:54)
    13. Is Gridstack compatible with Bootstrap 4? (anitsirk, 08:36:02)
    14. https://github.com/gridstack/gridstack.js/issues/390 (anitsirk, 08:36:02)
    15. At the above it says that Gridstack is Bootstrap friendly and third-party libraries can be created. (anitsirk, 08:36:02)

  3. Upgrade to Bootstrap 4 (anitsirk, 08:36:02)
    1. Liam in the Catalyst NZ team has started on the upgrade to Bootstrap 4. That is a huge undertaking. (anitsirk, 08:36:02)
    2. Is the progress for Bootstrap 4 visible? (anitsirk, 08:36:02)
    3. Yes, it is. Liam's changes are available at https://reviews.mahara.org/#/q/owner:liam.sharpe%2540catalyst.net.nz+status:open and you can check them out. Please beware though that they are very much in progress. If you'd like to help with moving to Bootstrap 4, please get in touch with me. (anitsirk, 08:36:03)

  4. Q&A (anitsirk, 08:36:08)
    1. Are we going to stay on the hamburger navigation or make the old navigation available again? (anitsirk, 08:36:09)
    2. Some people don't like the hamburger navigation just having switched from the horizontal navigation. (anitsirk, 08:36:09)
    3. At this stage, there are no plans to introduce a second type of navigation as it is hard to maintain two different ways to navigate within Mahara. Institutions can change their own navigation around though as long as they are cognizant of template updates that are made in Mahara core and apply them accordingly to their own. (anitsirk, 08:36:09)
    4. Gregor, are you going to update some of your plugins to be compatible with Mahara 18.04? (anitsirk, 08:36:09)
    5. Yes, he is, but not quite yet as school is still in session. ;-) The priorities have not yet been fully set, but most likely Cloud and Europass at first and then the others as he has time besides the isolated institutons work (and hopefully also enjoying a bit of summer vacation :-) ). (anitsirk, 08:36:09)
    6. What is the Catalyst Australia team doing? (anitsirk, 08:36:18)
    7. The team is doing some bug fixing, and one of them is for the objectfs plugin and functionality in core Mahara: https://reviews.mahara.org/#/c/8950/ (anitsirk, 08:36:18)
    8. Are you aware of institutions in the EU scrambling to upgrade to comply with the GDPR? (anitsirk, 08:36:18)
    9. The institutions our European meeting participants are at are going to upgrade over the summer to Mahara 18.04, but it's not a mad dash. (anitsirk, 08:36:18)
    10. How was this meeting with the audio? (anitsirk, 08:36:18)
    11. Everyone liked it. The ones who had microphone issues will try to fix them before the meeting o be able to participate more easily than through the chat. However, everybody could hear, which was already a big plus. :-) (anitsirk, 08:36:19)
    12. Some people were easier to understand, for others there was a fair amount of background noise that made it a bit hard. (anitsirk, 08:36:19)
    13. We'll continue to trial it during the next meeting. (anitsirk, 08:36:20)

  5. Next meeting and chair (anitsirk, 08:36:20)
    1. The next meeting will take place on 8 August 2018 at 7:00 UTC. Rebecca volunteered to be the chair. (anitsirk, 08:36:21)
    2. https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20180808T07&p1=1440 (anitsirk, 08:36:21)

Meeting ended at 08:36:23 UTC (full logs).

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