Week Ending 10 February 2017

The following information summarizes what was released in the edX platform during the week ending 10 February 2017.

The edX engineering wiki Release Pages provide detailed information about every change made to the edx-platform GitHub repository. If you are interested in additional information about every change in a release, create a user account for the wiki and review the dated release pages.


Accessibility Improvements

For screen reader users of the discussion forum, focus is now sent to the correct place after a response/comment is added. (TNL-6170)

The post type options for a new discussion post now use standard radio button visuals so that learners who use high contrast mode can identify which post type is selected. (TNL-6366)

The course tools area used for Notes and Calculator is no longer announced to screen readers when no tools are enabled. (TNL-6349)

The filter control in the wiki now has a visible field label. (TNL-6440)


Search was added to the Insights Courses Page so that course instructors can search by course ID or course name. (AN-7933)

For more information, see Overview of All Courses in the Using edX Insights guide.


Additional screen reader text was added to the learner profile controls to provide screen reader users with more information about available actions. (MA-3131)

In the next iOS version of the edX mobile app (v.2.8), learners will be able to see a clickable video transcript when they view videos in portrait mode. (MA-2899)

Closed captions now correctly render for videos on the mobile app. (MA-2551)

Android mobile app users can now manage their video downloads through Android’s native downloads panel area outside of the edX app. (MA-1961)

For answers to frequently asked questions about the mobile app, see the If You Use the edX Mobile App section in the EdX Learner’s Guide, or, for Open edX installations, see the If You Use the edX Mobile App section in the Open edX Learner’s Guide.

Open edX

An initial version of the web fragments framework was merged. This architectural improvement should enable greater flexibility in changes to the LMS user interface moving forward. As part of this effort a python package was created and a separate repository was set up for the initial release as well. (TNL-6168)