Version 4.9 (WIP)

Release Notes tell you what’s new in Academic. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can also file a bug report. Want to update to this version? Refer to the update guide in conjunction with the parameter changes mentioned in the Breaking Changes section below.

This version is currently in development! It corresponds to the latest master branch on GitHub. Check back here for the final notes once it is released.

See what’s new in Academic!

Welcome to the v4.9 release of Academic. There are a number of exciting updates in this version that we hope you will like, including:

  • More intuitive approach for users to choose a light, dark, or automatic (system default) appearance
  • Screen reader support added for featured images
Version 4.9 makes choosing a site appearance even more intuitive with textual labels rather than icons for the light, dark, and auto (system default) modes.

More intuitive appearance selector

Rather than a 3-way icon-based toggle through light, dark, and automatic modes, present the user with a dropdown list of modes displayed in full textual representation. See #1596.

Adds language pack options for translating Light (theme_light), Dark (theme_dark), and Automatic (theme_auto).

An optional alt_text parameter can be added when specifying a featured image in a page’s front matter. Alt text is used to describe the image when the page is read aloud by a screen reader. See #1592.

Additionally, the profile photo alt text has been improved from “avatar” to the person’s name, in alignment with major CMS and social sites.

Breaking changes

  • For non-English sites, add language pack options for translating Light (theme_light), Dark (theme_dark), and Automatic (theme_auto). Refer to the docs on customising the interface language for more info.
  • Fix TypeError: e.replace is not a function error when using Netlify CMS. See #1593.

Fixes

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Kickstart Fixes

Fixes to the Kickstart template include:

  • Fixes TypeError: e.replace is not a function error when using Netlify CMS. See #1593.
    • See Breaking Changes section above to apply the fix

Language Packs

  • i18n: fix Czech translation (#1597)

Misc

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Thank you

Last but certainly not least, a big Thank You to all the folks that helped to make Academic even better.

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