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Our new features and improvements – 4.31 release summary

We released Invotra 4.31 on Wednesday 24th April 2019

In this release…
 
  • We improved our user experience by focusing on improving widget styles and mobile layout. 
  • We improved accessibility for users, by optimising the location of title text and landmark roles. 
  • We have continued our ongoing work to increase product efficiency by including tasks to fix bugs and make operational improvements.

Widget style improvements

This release included tasks which have added consistency across all of the widget styles, to provide a simpler and clearer user experience.  Updates to the GS16 Widget style

We made visual changes to two of our general style widgets, improving titles and background colours to make them clearer and easier to read.GS15 Widget style updates

We have also updated date and time text for certain widget styles, and removed unnecessary characters on link text to improve consistency and clarity.

Improvements to team widget performance

We have worked to improve the performance of our location pages by making a change to the team count widget, which ensures it delivers a team count without delay. We now store the count of each team directly in Solr (an open source platform for search) which leads to faster page load times. This avoids the need for the widget to search through all teams in a location to get the team count.

Mobile updates

Mobile usability has been improved by various tasks which have focused on the style and appearance of mobile menus, filters and buttons.The appearance of top bar styles on mobiles has been standardised with changes made to shadow, background colour and font in the top bar title text. Additional changes were made to action buttons on mobile to improve alignment on all screen sizes.

akagera mobile before and after

Mobile optimisation for search

We improved the usability of search on mobile devices by adding a menu button with filter options rather than having all of the available filters expanded, saving space and providing a better UX.
 

Updates to search and filter layouts on mobile devices

 

Accessibility

We have improved the accessible experience across the entire product by removing redundant title attributes, which could previously make things confusing for screen readers/accessible software users.
 
In addition, we have made changes to the location of our landmark roles. In order to retain clarity for users accessing the site with accessibility software, landmark roles are not applied directly onto elements which already have semantic information, i.e. input elements.

APIs updated to display the most popular groups by likes or members

Within our Groups app, we have made it possible to pull out  the total number of likes and members per Group via our APIs, to encourage and support increased reporting and analytics. 

Release summary

Here’s a breakdown of the release in numbers:

Bugs squashed: 18

New features and improvements: 12

Security fixes: 1

Internal tasks: 8

Check out the official 4.31 release note for full details of the release.