Looking forward to Hotaru 0.9
by, 12-02-2009 at 12:11 PM (1501 Views)
It's still possible that there will be another mini release in the 0.8 series, but right now all attention is on Hotaru 0.9, due before Christmas.
There are two main goals for 0.9. First, full HTML and CSS compliance with W3C standards, and second, compatibility with the relatively new PHP 5.3. Along with 0.9, we'll be releasing a new default theme - something a bit more professional than what is running on the demo site at the moment.
The good thing about upgrading everything to work with PHP 5.3 is that we are uncovering a lot of bugs in the process. Also, as reports come in of problems using Hotaru on other servers, we'll be making changes to fix those.
These changes are scattered throughout Hotaru and its plugins. It's looking very likely that we'll need to do another mass-upgrade of plugins, and if you've customized your theme, you'll almost certainly have to make changes, too, if you want it to be W3C and PHP 5.3 compliant. Fortunately, the group of us now working on Hotaru has grown so there are more hands to deal with the workload. I must blog about our team sometime, 'coz we have a great bunch of people from across the globe communicating with each other as we push Hotaru closer to full release.
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