TYPO3 4.7.0 released
24. April 2012 in Stream
After six month of collaborative work, pitfalls, failures and success a new version of TYPO3 has been released. In an team effort including over 100 people from several countries TYPO3 4.7 "standards and accessibility" came to life.
What to expect from TYPO3 4.7
TYPO3 Version 4.7 is a big step forward to standards compliance and accessibility. Since Version 4.7 TYPO3 easily works with HTML5 and thus allows comfortable integration of recent video and audio standards. Web accessibility is for the first time an integral part of the TYPO3 core. Additional new features and corrections ease the work of developers, integrators and editors.
TYPO3 harmonizes with HTML5
Wherever rich media content (images, audio or video) needs to be integrated on various platforms, HTML5 has established itself as the de facto standard in development of modern websites. Therefore from TYPO3 Version 4.7 on, HTML5 conformity is a core feature. What was possible in earlier versions of TYPO3 only indirectly (via Extensions or custom configurations), is now very easy. In conjunction with the system extension ›CSS Styled Content‹ TYPO3 Version 4.7 now generates clean HTML5 source code that corresponds to the W3C validation guidelines.
Web Accessibility by default
Web Accessibility is not an entirely new concept in TYPO3. The creation of accessible websites with TYPO3 was possible for quite some time already. However the necessary steps and configuration had to be completed again with each new TYPO3 installation. This sometimes time-consuming procedure is now obsolete. Web accessibility is now active by default with TYPO3 Version 4.7 and an integral part of the TYPO3 core. This is a great improvement – and not only for those who maintain more than one TYPO3 website.
›Government Package‹: An increase in accessibility
With TYPO3 Version 4.7 a dedicated ›Government Package‹ is available for authorities and other interested parties for the first time. It is tailored to the specific needs of public authorities websites and was funded by the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food in Germany (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE)). As an IT provider for many government organizations BLE is relying on TYPO3 as Web-CMS. Initially the ›Government Package‹ will be available in German only. An English version is already being planned.
More information about the ›Government Package‹ can be found on the official demo website (German language only): http://government.v4.demo.typo3.org/home.html
Other new features, improvements and bug fixes
TYPO3 integrators and developers will be happy! Among other things about the more flexible cache handling. About the expansion of the stdWrap function. And about several new hooks and TCA-options. And TYPO3 Version 4.7 has become much faster compared to earlier versions. This became possible through the definition of UTF-8 as the only allowed character set, through the optimization of TYPO3s default search engine “indexed_search” and not least by removing lots of outdated code.
Detailed information can be found at the following resources.
General Release Notes Technical Release Notes ChangeLog
Get TYPO3 4.7 now…
You can download the TYPO3 4.7 packages on our download page.
Download TYPO3 4.7
The Core-Documentation already has been updated to match the new possibilities shipped by TYPO3 version 4.7.
- TypoScript Reference (doc_core_tsref)
- TSconfig (doc_core_tsconfig)
- TCA Reference (doc_core_tca)
- TypoScript Syntax and In-depth (doc_core_ts)
Special thanks go to Francois Suter and Christopher Stelmaszyk from the TYPO3 Documentation team for making this happen.
Upgrading Information, technical details and support
Further information about the Release, its new features and important technical information about upgrading and compatibility are collected on the according wiki-page. If you encounter extension compatibility problems feel free to add them to the list within the wiki.
TYPO3 4.7 Wiki-Page
If you have question the community will support you in our Mailinglists "german" and "english" as well as via Twitter.
You encountered an bug? We kindly ask you to report your problems at our bugtracker.
You might want to check inegrity of the downloaded packages against the following MD5 checksums:
TYPO3 is a Content Management System (CMS) without license fees based on the scripting language PHP. With TYPO3 content can easily be created, managed, and extended even for complex websites. New versions of TYPO3 are developed within a six months release cycle. Release Manager of TYPO3 Version 4.7 is Steffen Ritter. The TYPO3 framework is currently maintained and improved by the non-profit TYPO3 Association and an international community of developers. TYPO3 is available in 51 languages and is used for free by companies such as Lufthansa, Daimler, General Electric, the United Nations, Harvard University, and countless universities, governments, agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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