Fle4 development was restarted after a long pause, and during spring 2013 we’ve made significant progress. Of most importance is the new map view or 2D view, where each discussion entry flows freely in a two-dimensional space. This has been envisioned already in the 1990s, but it took this long for web technologies to be mature enough.
You can try out the 2D view below this post, by participating in the discussion.
I updated from 3.1.1 to 3.4.2. It works. I updated the compatibility information, but made no other changes, since everything works as it should.
It seems I’ve succeeded in my goal of making a minimal plugin that interferes with WordPress operations as little as possible.
Version 3.1.1 of WordPress had a subtle change in the page DOM, which broke the way AJAX calls were made from the KB plugin. Made a quick fix, seems to work on both 2.8.4 and 3.1.1. Upgrade to version 0.5.5 will bring you the fix.
No functional changes, just a heads-up that WP 3.0 is supported. Also, check out David Groos’s excellent instructions for tackling Fle4 issues.
WordPress 2.9 will be released in just a few days. Fle4 is now tested to work correctly with 2.9. And the oldest version Fle4 supports is 2.7.
Fle4 also now has comment sorting, so KB comments can be sorted according to author, knowledge type, or date. This is still a bit hacky, and gets quite slow when you have like a hundred comments in the thread, but it’s there to play with.
The WordPress plugin now supports Knowledge Building typesets exported from Fle3. Scaffolding is also functional, so colors, phrase starters, check lists and detailed descriptions of KB types are now visible when writing a comment to a KB-enabled blog post.
Here you can test out the Six Hat Thinking knowledge typeset.
The WordPress plugin now supports Knowledge type sets exported from Fle3. There are several sets available at the Fle3 downloads section. At this point you need to unzip them, rename the “fledom.xml” file to something that describes the set, and place it into the kbsets subfolder of the plugin. After that the set will show up in the administration screens (Settings, Knowledge Building).
We’ve now started doing mockups of the UI, and implementing the core features of KB for WP.
This blog post is enabled with knowledge building tools. Specifically, this post uses the Progressive Inquiry KB typeset. Feel free to experiment. The comments that contain this KB discussion aren’t a good example of KB, but rather demonstrate the functionality of the Knowledge Building plugin for WordPress.