Only major changes will be documented here. For all changes, see commit messages in respective GitHub repositories.
New Chapters for "TYPO3 Explained"¶
Several new chapters were added to "TYPO3 Explained" - Excerpt:
New Chapters for Extbase / Fluid Book¶
Some documentation that was missing but is required for developer certification version 9 was added.
Deprecation of Extbase / Fluid Guide¶
The "TYPO3 Extbase & Fluid Guide" is being deprecated and will soon be deleted.
Please use one of the following resources for information about Extbase / Fluid and extension programming in general.
There is an overview page with resources for developers in the Getting Started Tutorial.
On that same page, there is a section "Fluid / Extbase".
The "Extbase / Fluid Guide" still contains the manually maintained Fluid ViewHelper reference for TYPO3 8.7 and 6.2.
You can find links to all available ViewHelper references on the References page.
The reasons for deprecation:
The "Extbase / Fluid Guide" had not been properly maintained and updated for a while
Several unresolved issues
Having a duplicate guide in addition to the "book" has been confusing people
The current guide had not been a complete walkthrough and was missing some parts
Plan for deprecation:
phase 1: deprecation notice on every page
phase 2: remove and redirect (except ViewHelper reference for 6.2. and 8.7)
phase 3: removal all (ViewHelper refs will be redirected to automatically generated)
docs.typo3.org Gets New Infrastructure¶
The documentation server docs.typo3.org moved to a new infrastructure. Read more ....
Extension authors must migrate their documentation:
Improvements for new TYPO3 users¶
2019-05-09 by Sybille Peters
Some more changes were made to make it easier for people new to TYPO3 to find their way around the documentation:
The tips on the start page used to address advanced documentation contribution. This has now been moved to Writing documentation and more basic tips about TYPO3 and the documentation added, see start page. This includes for example a link to the help page on typo3.org.
The page Welcome to the official TYPO3 Documentation was broken down into categories: for developers, editors, integrators etc. Not all manuals are relevant for each group and this will hopefully make it easier to find relevant material.
Additionally, the page Welcome to the official TYPO3 Documentation points to the subpages under "Next steps" in the "Getting Started Tutorial" for developers, integrators, etc. which contain additional tips on what to read next.
Thanks goes to Sybille Peters
"Getting Started Tutorial" updated for TYPO3 9.5¶
2019-05-09 by Sybille Peters
The TYPO3 - Getting Started Tutorial was updated for TYPO3 9.5.
Additionally, some more improvements were made:
Language improvements for better readability
Updated information in Next steps and added YouTube videos
Formatting for better readability: Sections headlines, bold formatting, lists
Drop-shadow for images
Thanks goes to Sybille Peters and Tom Warwick.
Improvements for Documentation Contributors¶
2019-03-08 by Sybille Peters
If you are not yet familiar with contributing to the documentation at all, we suggest you read the TYPO3 blog article Start Improving Docs Now to Grow TYPO3 for an excellent introduction.
Meanwhile, we discovered that some information about contributing was missing and parts of the information was spread out in too many places. This made it difficult for a contributor to find things or find out which of the information was relevant and up to date.
Because of this, we made several improvements.
These include additional chapters to the manual Writing documentation to help you get started, such as:
Contribute to the TYPO3 documentation : Main entry point for information about contributing and a walkthrough of editing with GitHub.
Workflow #2: "Local editing and rendering with Docker": This is an alternative to editing directly on GitHub for contributors familiar with Git and Docker.
Cheat sheet: reST & Sphinx: Most often used formatting rules and directives, all on one page.
Common pitfalls: There are some traps you can fall into, when getting started with reST & Sphinx. This page shows the most common errors and should help you avoid them.
Troubleshooting local rendering with Docker: When rendering locally with Docker, you might run into errors. This page should help you solve them.
How You Can Help: Contributors can pick from this list if they are looking for something to do.
You can start right away and learn as you go along, but if you are looking for guidelines and best practices, we created an entire chapter Documentation content style guide for that. This includes:
We reduced duplicate information and try to link to one single entry point.
We also made some minor changes to make it easier for you to find things, like:
The channel topic for #typo3-documentation now contains the date of the next Slack call.
All repositories of main manuals now contain a CONTRIBUTING file. GitHub automatically displays a link to this, if you open a new issue or go to the issues tab as new contributor.
We introduced the label "good first issue". This can be assigned to issues which are not very complex and can be solved by new contributors.
All main manuals now contain a README.rst with a link to the rendered documentation.
We hope that these changes will prove useful to you. There is still lots to do. If you have additional suggestions, don't hesitate to write an issue or make the changes yourself.
Or tell us what works for you and what doesn't on Slack.
NEW: Documentation of Locking API¶
2019-03-08 by Sybille Peters
A chapter on the Locking API is now available in "TYPO3 Explained". This chapter has been written by Sybille Peters and reviewed by Markus Klein.
You may have never been aware of the locking API because it works under the hood in the TYPO3 core.
If you develop an extension and use the Caching or have other issues where concurrent access to a resource must be prevented, you should check it out.
As always, you can help to improve the documentation: Create an issue or click the "Edit me on GitHub" button on the top right of any page. Read Contribute to the TYPO3 documentation in "Writing Documentation" to find out more.
NEW: Documentation for rte_ckeditor¶
2019-02-14 by Sybille Peters
Integration of CKEditor was introduced with TYPO3 8 LTS in the system extension rte_ckeditor, thus replacing the previously used "HtmlArea".
Finally, documentation for this system extension was added to the core and is available to be read online.
Thanks goes to Benni Mack for writing the initial version of the documentation, Sybille Peters for converting to reStructuredText and adding additional chapters and Josef Glatz for further enhancing it.
The community is invited to participate in enhancing it: