SMW 1.0RC1

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SMW 1.0RC1
Previous version: SMW 0.7
Next version: SMW 1.0RC2
Current version
SMW 1.9.2

From the RELEASE-NOTES

  • Simplified semantic annotations: just one kind of annotation ("Property").
  • Significant speedup (both server and network load substantially reduced).
  • Prettier and easier to understand interfaces:
    • New tooltips that work on both normal and special pages.
    • Simplified factbox layout, with all properties in alphabetic order.
    • Inline warnings to simplify trouble shooting with annotations.
    • Improved, more helpful and informative warning and error messages.
    • Highlighting for built-in elements. E.g. built-in types are visually distinguished from arbitrary types; useful as visual feedback.
    • Error/warning reporting for (inline) queries.
  • Alias strings for all SMW elements. English labels are allowed in all languages, names of old SMW elements still work as aliases for their replacements.
  • More expressivity for semantic querying:
    • support for subproperties,
    • improved equality resolution (redirects),
    • support for disjunctions,
    • inequality check for datavalues ("[[property::!value]]")
  • New/improved datatypes:
    • Help:Type Page for explicitly specifying properties that are "relations"
    • Help:Type Number as universal replacement for Type:Integer and Type:Float
    • Help:Type URL as universal replacement for old Type:URL and Type:URI
    • Help:Type Geographic coordinate completely rewritten. More input formats supported now (e.g. coordinates without "," separating Lat and Long)
    • special property "allows value" works for all types
    • display units are now easier to select via property "display units"
    • Improved data display: linked URLs and tooltips work for queries and special pages
  • Improved maintenance special pages:
    • Hints and warning for property usage/declaration in Special:Properties
    • Extra information and warnings for types on Special:Types
    • Special:SemanticStatistics as faster replacement for earlier "ExtendedStatistics"
  • New experimental n-ary properties, allowing property values to consist of a list of entries.
  • Ontology import re-enabled (simple annotation import)
  • Dutch translation added (by Siebrand Mazeland)
  • Improved APIs and various new hooks to simplify the life of SMW extension developers.
  • Many bugfixes.

Other changes for the RC1 include:

  • No more support for Help:Type Boolean. Will be re-enabled later.
  • Help:Type Enum became obsolete, since all types now support "allows value", but it remains an alias for Help:Type String.
  • Service links are not working in this Release Candidate yet, especially coordinate values do not link to maps yet. This will reappear before SMW 1.0 final.