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What's New in November 2023 (v1.31)

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OpenCities Product Team

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Search powered by Solr (Limited Release)

  • Improved relevancy in search results with new Solr search engine.
  • Our site search will also match keywords based on phonetics (similar sounding words), synonyms, phases, and compound terms.
  • With this Limited Release, we're introducing the Solr search engine to a limited number of customers on a rolling-basis.
  • Should you be interested in being part of the limited release, please fill out this Expressions of Interest form.

WCAG 2.1 Accessibility Improvements:

  • Accessibility Checker Handles 2.1.4 Character Key Shortcuts
  • Accessibility Checker Handles 1.4.12 Text Spacing
  • OpenCities Complies with WCAG 2.1 2.5.5 Target Size
  • OpenCities Complies with WCAG 2.1 1.3.5 Identify Input Purpose
  • OpenCities Complies with WCAG 2.1 2.5.5 Target Size



OpenCities Changelog

A detailed overview to learn about changes to OpenCities in v1.31


Content types, page components and templates 

  • Fixed an issue where special characters in user name were displaying incorrectly in the staff directory.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect published date was displaying on the search results listing for OC News Article, OC Blog and OC Resource.
  • Fixed an issue where map options may not align correctly on mobile devices.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect event date could display for events filtered within a given date range.
  • Fixed an issue where slideshows were causing the entire web page to flash when loading.
  • Fixed an issue where searching by departments will not display users if they are assigned to a department with special characters in the name.
  • Fixed an issue where the icon and file size would not display for files with special characters in their name.
  • Fixed an issue where file icons where inconsistently displaying across OC templates.

Content Editing and Publishing

  • Fixed an issue where adding an en dash character in the title of a linked document broke the link.
  • Fixed an issue where adding document links to imported pages with exisiting document links, broke the exisiting links.
  • Fixed an issue where adding an anchor link to another internal page, appears as broken link.


  • Fixed an issue where the same id is present for multiple elements on pages where a calendar is displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where aria-labels is not set for OC events displayed on a map.
  • Fixed an issue where homepages with a featured section did not have unique labels for the two navigation landmarks.

Site Administration

  • Fixed an issue where the MyArea ReverseGeocode API was not returning valid results.
  • Fixed an issue where the Insights dashboard was broken for subsites with the same domain as the main site.
  • Fixed an issue where changes to the 'Published on' text snippet was not reflected in site search listing.
  • Fixed an issue where waste schedules could not be saved/created/updated when the ApproximateServiceDate was populated.
  • Fixed an issue where content export was failing for large quantities of pages.
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