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This file contains information on the current state of RC developments and lists ideas, features, bugs and problems.

Features and ideas

Features in development

Graphical editor: undo button and better versioning of exposition content

Merging of text-based and graphical editors

  • allows authors to define both a graphical 2d layout and a responsive version of the same page content
  • the responsive version of an exposition is the same as text based, now understood as a linear ordering of tools
  • mixing the two formats within one exposition
  • fascilitate migrate pages between the two formats
  • the author decides which layouts are available to the reader

Google fonts (safe fonts)

Archive expositions [ requested ]

Media usage

How much media do users have?
Is it used in any exposition or made public?
Ordering of portals by creation data / or alphabetic

Features to be requested

TODO When user uploads a video with a problematic resolution, show user hint what would work.

TODO add grouping tags for users within portal user list (for organising)

TODO Publication tags for exposition, to separate it from keywords

TODO merge keywords of expositions and media repo

TODO make the media repo github repository public (clean up old state first)

TODO duplicate pages option within editors

TODO fix "add all" button in collaboration message dialog

TODO collaboration notifications removed from messages, should be prompt or notification. State should be live from the current state

TODO Picture tool should use tool default instead of intrensic size

TODO duplicate accounts (automatic detection)

TODO collaboration, finding the right person if you only have an email.

TODO Add "published by" to articles on the frontpage, published by JAR for example.

TODO Send email to NTNU admin when FEIDE student has logged in first time, creating a new account

TODO Media url's in text-based editor, not always translated to live url (https://www.researchcatalogue.net/text-editor/simple-media-resource?research=547070&simple-media=945677)

TODO Snapshot stored when admin changes revision state from "in revision" -> "in review"

TODO add trashcan button for comments on pages that can be seen by the commenter.

Released features

DONE searchbox is missing from front-page in responsive mode

DONE fix default license in text editor (or maybe postpone?)

Better error reporting

Admins can view snapshots that were made on submission.

Implement fix for font-boosting both in text-based and graphical expositions

#container-weave .tool-text { -webkit-text-size-adjust: none; -moz-text-size-adjust: none; -ms-text-size-adjust: none; }

#container-weave .tool-simpletext { -webkit-text-size-adjust: none; -moz-text-size-adjust: none; -ms-text-size-adjust: none; }

fix default license in media repo

Media of sets cannot be selected within tools, this is a problem for slideshow tool.

Media Repository & API

add support for .art domains

Frontpage Redesign

SARA feed on front page

File size limit HTML import (raise to 10gb)

cms for about, terms and other static pages

feide login for ntnu bergen, nmh

terms of use simplification, checkbox online

css of profile page responsiveness

Make exposition version on submit

Objects can now have a negative position but still be edited.


Search box in navigation bar, so you can search in a single exposition. Future: expositions as searchable databases.

Managed expositions, how to make it easier within education to track an exposition and prevent students from making new ones?

Different versions of an exposition, that are somehow linked (show that something is just a newer version of an older exposition)

Internal statistics: Portal admins can view how many "expositions in progress" there are, see who is editing something.

How to stimulate early sharing in general?


Reviewing menu

Order of items (add note should be first option)
Add-note keyboard shortcut
remove all notes action
make impossible notes, impossible (near navigation bar) when clicked, it should come to front?

Even stronger warning on self-publication. Inform user on DOI being created, and that this means that the reference is permanent.

Users to be member of only a portal and not of RC, so they cannot accidentily publish in RC portal.

view media set in exposition, also as replacement for slide show tool

dropbox mode (upload/add but not change) in media repo

Increase audio quality of zencoder (currently, uses pretty low bitrate, filters out everything above 15k)

Search through expositions

Undo button

Markdown in text/html tools

Text tools size warnings, current lack of limits stimulates risky designs.


  • Make keywords mandatory on publication
  • Have a combination of closed and open vocabularies

versions visible for admins - for later reference/compare changes

exposition metadata export for journals

journal submission as application

application programs

save vs. submit, inform/warn people when deadline is close, message on save that this is not submitting

searchable inbox

object preview images without fixed width/height ratio.

profile page

  • better display of objects without image, "tumblr" page
  • state share status clearly
  • display abstract on/off setting
  • show keywords
  • tagging for profile organization / change group button for item
  • collapse all groups

dates of expositions:

  • remove free "date" field.
  • add automatic creation date
  • publication date will not be altered by unpublish/republished (only last modified)

editor role

  • can we allow this role without needing them to be portal admins
  • list of objects of which they are editors

graphical editor

  • pixel by pixel movement of tools with arrow keys (and pixel number display)
  • linking to a tool instead of a position
  • refresh overview when a tool was deleted
  • alignment
  • adjustments of margins for position links on the right side of the weave-some links currently 'bump' into borders, displaying the wrong position
  • group selection (lasso / box selection)
  • group locking (moving constallation)
  • prototype tool/template
  • copy-paste style tab settings

Archiving function

  • this is an alternative form of publication where it is fixed, but only visible to portal admins.
  • probably needs some extra meta-data like department / context in which the archived exposition was produced.

Sortable list view of expositions on "Recent activity" "Recent publications", "My Profile" and other locations in RC.


footnote like comments {1}
inline comments {<<>>}
{media} tag should be embedded in newlines for proper parsing of markdown paragraphs
we need to rendered html version, one for public preview not displaying comments and one for editing (with comments)


singled shared model for both editors
one list for the entire exposition
type of footnotes (references etc)
footnote edit page
reference counting, footnotes need to know where they are used


clicking tool should no open defaults

empty tools when canceling tool dialogue

Black bars in JWPlayer, which dynamically aplies "object-fit:contain" causing lots o problems. .jwplayer.jw-stretch-uniform video { object-fit: cover !important; } is a solution for now.XS

Line-height in HTML tool can cause issues (there is a tinymce css line that inherits it from parent, but this causes wrong size if there is styling inline the copied html). One solution could be to filter pasted html.

Unpublishing changes publication date when republished (for example

Collaboration tab needs explanation text about what is what.   UI

Supervisor permissions behave weird on publication etc.

No quick way for supervisor to delete/manage all their notes.

Notes list

Private note

No duplicate names for expositions

Common user confusions:

  • Adding a page, not showing up in Table of Contents
  • Work / Exposition
  • Video tool / Video embed
  • PDF tool : Preview / PDF fields mixup
  • Audio tool should not be an empty box, but communicate: "Audio tool: filename"

DONE Preview of text-based exposition does not update quickly enough

background color of text-based editor should not change when body background-color is set (connected to margin issue)

If a footnote reference is copied from one page to the next, the content of the footnote remains in the old page.

Footnotes can be copied from other expositions, which will result in dead links if the original exposition is made private

dragging from media list creates tool with media size (not tool defaults)


Bugs to be reported

?? Footnote issue -> if a label with text across two lines/paragraphs, creating a footnote with all highlighted seems to create two footnotes with different ID. I didn’t test this further, but seems odd.

If an exposition is unpublished and then republished, it cannot be reviewed (reviewer sees an error when they try to view it)

Reviewers added by the reviewer button in Users will not always be added (if they are existing users)

Supervised expositions show up in two places: Research Exposition (collaborated) and Research Expositions.

Background on WORK page is styled incorrectly: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/profile/show-work?work=410001

Video playback in HTML expositions breaks down on mobile.

Controls do not work on mobile
In Safari this may be caused by a bug in Safari itself: https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/safari-csp-media-controls.html

Word import in Graphical Editor doesn't use HTML default tool settings

Scrollbars hhidden on Mac OS

[NO BUG] change of font in CSS is not accepted after the publication of the exposition: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/861875/861876

[CANNOT REPRODUCE] with pseudonyms the link to author's profile does not work

When user hits a "auth required" they do not return to the same page

[CASPER] The SARA unsubscribe menu accessed from the link of the announcement does not work

Problems with svg files in image tool, they are not properly scaled in edit -> options -> position -> size

file type detection should not be done by file ending (can create unusable media)

Menu of expositions in profile and of tools in workspace does not work in Windows 10, version 19041

Reported Bugs

https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/433112/616170 footnote problem (reported by Tero)

Profile > Exposition groups are not saved between sessions for normal users

HTML tool show's page's background color (good), but even as the tool itself has another background color (bad).

Fixed Bugs

WILLNOTFIX more users with Windows 10 cannot open the menu of expositions or profiles. (This is a sideeffect of weird virus js inject behaviour kasperski, users should want to turn it off, since it is pretty nasty). https://superuser.com/questions/981959/how-to-disable-kaspersky-antivirus-javascript-injection

DONE public sets are visible also to users that are not logged in.

DONE Fixed problem play tool state not being correct if another video stops the play tool.

DONE Fixed problem with videos in footnotes that continued played when closed

DONE fixed problem in graphical expos' where font sizes where blown up on mobile, causing layout problems

DONE A published exposition in JAR does not appear in the public profile of one of the co-author

DONE Fullscreen does not work in embedded videos. example

DONE Login-as does not work for feide accounts

DONE position of tools can be made negative by mouse, but not edited by number in the style tab. (reporter: JAR, closed but not live)

DONE Fullscreen and Downloads on HTML-import videos (NTNU)

DONE (could not reproduce) Restoring an exposition while it was "in review", the "in review" status is inherited (SAR-1261)

DONE Footnotes -> dissapearing scrollbar problem when opening certain notes (SAR-1262)

DONE date of last change not updated for text-based expositions

DONE exporting JAR expositions caused problems with Safari/Chrome (Aubiome project)

DONE Declining connection request does not have effect (reported)

DONE Mail Link for owner with pseudonym on reviewing page (reported)

DONE restore deleted tools title column

DONE Exposition 849232 throws an error on preview

DONE Video player does not respond if autoplay is blocked.

DONE Issue name is missing from research page. (also ordering is arbitrary, should either be customizable or make sense) (reporter: NMH)

DONE Full screen doesn't work with autoplay

DONE metro js not loaded / Icons are not displayed

DONE Published exposition cannot be connected to

DONE Footnotes in copied expositions are not editable


DONE Research Video Integration

<2019-12-14 Sat> Text-based editor version 2.1.1

Text Editor

Codemirror gets slowed down, when there is lots of video tags used.

Fix issue with old expositions which have a missing "metadata" field in their json

Parsing paragraphs can run into trouble if !{media} tag precedes it directly


Add a special section for reviewers/supervising

How to use notes

How to find an exposition

How to accept invitations / what does "deprecated" mean

How to remove notes

Missing pagesc


We would like to reduce the "font warning" messages, by making sure only fonts are used that RC can host itself. Currently, many of our fonts (Verdana, Terminal), are not available everywhere, and we cannot host them either as far as I understand? This is what Microsoft say about it: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/typography/fonts/font-faq#redistribution-and-extended-rights Correct font is kind of important, and authors are often not aware that the wrong font may be displayed for many of their readers.

The solution we have in mind consists of 3 parts:

  1. Add self-hosted fonts:

We have selected a list of public domain fonts, which the RC can self-host, some of them are metrically based on Arial/Helvetica. These fonts should be added to the HTML/text font dropdown and the .woff served with every exposition:

Sans Serif:



  1. User added fonts:

In the expositions settings (edit metadata, edit research dialog) we would like to add a "Fonts" tab, where the user can can upload (multiple) fonts (.woff or .ttf). There should also be a required name field, under which they will appear in the font dropdown of HTML and text tools. These fonts are local to the exposition and served by RC when the exposition is viewed. We should add a warning that the user is responsible for checking that the license of the font allows using it.

For new expositions, only make available the self-hosted and the user-uploaded fonts. For all older expositions, authors should still be able to use the old fonts (so both the old and new fonts). This includes expositions that have been restored from an old snapshot.

Does this solution make sense to you as well, is it possible?


Media repo integration into graphical editor

Media Tab > Better fix icons for media upload and repo adding

Media Tab > Filters for Tags / Keywords / Type

Media Repo View > Mode where media repo replaces the weave editor, so user can create sets manage tags etc..

Technical > How could state be synced between media lists and repo's ? For example, when user is opening multiple tabs.

Real-time exposition editing (is this possible??)

Graphical editor fixes

Scrollbars on text tools. User controls width, height is left to content.

Layers: editing part of an exposition where all other things are "locked". Currently tools can be locked

Form / block editor / media list would still be visible. drag and drop.

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Author: RC Team

Created: 2021-06-24 Thu 09:29