The following information summarizes what is new in the edX platform this week.
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A problem with the method used to sort discussion posts in web browsers is now fixed. Previously, when a learner sorted discussion posts by recent activity in a web browser, the discussion posts were sorted by creation date rather than last activity date. Discussion posts are now sorted correctly. (TNL-3818)
When course teams add a course update in Studio, the system now validates the value entered as the date of the update. Previously, course teams could enter any value in the Date field, including text strings or null values. However, the LMS could not successfully display an update unless it had a valid date. Learners received an error message on the course Home page instead of the update.
Now, when a course team member saves an update, Studio verifies that the Date field contains a valid date. (TNL-4115)
You can now choose whether to use querystring authentication for assets served
from AWS S3. To disable querystring authentication, you define two new
settings. You set
AWS_QUERYSTRING_AUTH to False, and then set
AWS_S3_CUSTOM_DOMAIN to your S3 domain value. If you disable querystring
authentication, the URLs for course assets no longer include the S3 query
strings, and are significantly reduced in length.