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Welcome to the Localist Feature Log, your stop for learning what new features and enhancements have been made available to your admins and community.

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June 9, 2022

Admin Dashboard Update

Our new dashboard experience aims to make it easier to quickly find your events, or events that might need your attention. You can easily see all events that you created, or are set as the owner for. Simply change the filter on the events dashboard from “All Events” to “My Events”. Our new event dashboard also includes quick links to see events that are Pending, Upcoming, or Recent.
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All Admins
Admin Dashboard

April 20, 2022

Accessibility Upgrades

To ensure Localist meets the WCAG 2.0 AA compliance standard and is accessible to your entire community, we have recently completed a full audit of our Emphasis theme. Your templates have been automatically updated with these changes where possible. However, if you’ve edited a template, you will need to review the template history to apply these updates manually. For access to our template repository, please submit an access request:

Theme Repository Request


Upgrade Summary

Add to Calendar

  • Link does not have href defined
  • Link is not keyboard accessible

Events & Conferences

  • Alert message close button is missing role and accessible name/label
  • Users are able to browse outside modal with screen reader
  • Links must have discernible text
  • Non-Decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements
  • Show / Hide Map & Stream buttons are inaccessible by keyboard
  • Cards: Focus issues

Event Submission

  • Creation: Input errors are not described in text
  • Buttons: pressed state is not conveyed
  • Color alone is used to identify error(s)
  • Group of form controls not associated with group label
  • Label is not persistent
  • Purpose of link is not clear in the context
  • Start time / end time label / form field are not associated

Groups, Departments & Places

  • Pagination arrows do not have meaningful text
  • Pagination links do not have meaningful text
  • Non-decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements

General

  • Previous / Next / Number pagination is missing role and name
  • Trash/delete icons do not have discernible text
  • Usage of Fontawesome icons do not have visible text when CSS is disabled
  • Some form inputs do not have a visual label other than the placeholder
  • Search: Expand/Collapse state of menus is missing or incorrect

Homepage & Channels

  • Users are able to browse outside modal with screen reader
  • Filter Modal: Non-decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements

Modals

  • Lightbox does not have keyboard functionality for the close button
  • Modals need to focus lock and restore focus on close
  • Login: Button text lacks 4.5:1 contrast ratio on hover or focus
  • Login: Keyboard focus not maintained in modal
  • Login: Label is not persistent.
  • Login: Non-Decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements

Register

  • Form field with error not identified
  • Checkout date, quantity, custom question selects need accessible names
  • Keyboard focus is not maintained in the modal
  • Purchase Summary: Group of form controls not associated with group label
  • Purchase Summary: Keyboard focus is not maintained in modal
  • Purchase Summary: Visible group label missing
  • Checkout: Keyboard focus is not maintained in modal

Speakers

  • Card: Image does not have alt text
  • Page: Non-decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements
  • Social links do not have discernible text

Users

  • Manage Friends: Label is not persistent
  • Manage Friends: Non-Decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements
  • Manage Friends: Visual list is not marked up as list
  • Menu: Avatar image does not have alt text
  • My Calendar: Users are able to browse outside modal with screen reader
  • My Calendar: When the modal is closed, focus not returned to trigger
  • Profile: CSS profile check marks have no text alternative
  • Profile: Able to browse outside modal with screen reader
  • Profile: Heading levels are out of order
  • Profile: Links must have discernible text
  • Profile: Modal is closed, focus not returned to trigger
  • Profile: Birthday should be in a <fieldset>
  • Profile: Setting birthday selectors do not have explicit <label> relationship, title, or aria-label
  • Profile & Settings: Navigation “tabs” on user profile and settings do not mark current tab
  • Settings: Hidden or empty element receives focus
  • Settings: Non-Decorative content is inserted using CSS pseudo-elements
  • Settings: Visible label missing
  • Signup: Label is not persistent
  • Settings: Email info circle tooltip does not have aria role and attributes

Widgets

  • Widget Builder & Email Digest: Tooltip elements do not have meaningful text
  • Widget Builder page fails validation with a <script> after </html>

Automatic & Manual
Platform Admin
Emphasis Exclusive

New Resource: Template Repository

When new features and upgrades are made available, you can now easily and quickly review the necessary template changes in our public template repository. As a reminder, your platform will be automatically updated with these changes if no customizations have been made to the corresponding template. However, if you’ve edited a template, you will need to apply these updates manually. For access to our template repository, please submit an access request:

Theme Repository Request


Public
Emphasis + Legacy

Update: Multiple Choice Custom Field

When creating a Custom Field, you can now provide predefined answers with a multiple choice question format. For example, “Is this event a part of our Spirit Week celebrations?” / “Yes” or “No”
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Platform Admin
Emphasis + Legacy

March 1, 2022

Update: Publish Event Permission

Publish Event is an added Event Admin Permission assignment that allows you to choose if your Event Admins can add or edit events via the Admin Event Form and publish them directly to the platform, or if their events should go to the Pending Queue for further moderation:

  • Checked: When checked, Event Admins are able to add, edit, approve, and/or reject events without moderation. This option is checked by default.
  • Unchecked: If unchecked, when an Event Admin adds an event, it will go to the Pending Queue for approval. When an Event Admin edits an event, it will be removed from the live platform and placed in Pending for approval.

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Event Admins + Publish Event
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February 10, 2022

Update: Concept3d Map Integration Upgrade

Upgrades to the Concept3d map integration in Localist include:

  • Full-Width Display: Previously the Concept3d Maps did not span the full width of page’s body content. Now it matches the width of the page in Emphasis.
  • Interactive Functionality: Click the arrow dropdown within the map component of each location in Localist to see additional information such as photos, a description, or directions that have been added in Concept3d.

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Emphasis Exclusive

January 26, 2022

Update: Email Templates

With Email Templates, Platform Admins can edit content, layout, and styles of notification emails coming from your Localist platform via the Email Customization Editor.
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Platform Admins
Admin Dashboard

Update: Register Attendee Question

When using Localist Register, you can now provide predefined answers with a multiple choice question format.
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Event Admins
Admin Dashboard

October 21, 2021

Feature: Conferences

Conferences are multi-day events that enable you to include scheduled sub-events or sessions. This may also apply to festivals, workshops, trainings and other special series.
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Event Admin
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May 17, 2021

Update: Featured Carousel Play/Pause Controls

The Featured Carousel component now has a play/pause button that starts and stops the slider.
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Troubleshooting

If your Featured Carousel is not displaying the pause/play button as expected, your platform customizations have prevented Localist from automatically applying this feature update. A Platform Admin will need to review the following Theme Editor file and manually put in place the required code. To access this code, you can create an inactive theme with no customizations to review the default code. Alternatively, you can reset these files then re-apply your customizations, but this is only recommended if you have lightly modified the theme file AND a copy of your customized theme file code is saved outside of the platform.

  • Play/Pause Button: Shared Among Multiple Views > _featured_section

May 11, 2021

Event Insights: Post-Event Review Email (Update) & Admin Report (New)

Event Insights replaces our legacy event review system with a flexible survey that helps you understand how each event contributes to your community goals. Gain deeper insights from event attendees about the topic, format, and overall experience of your events to better inform your community event engagement strategy. We’re excited to deliver you the ability to:

  • Build a data-driven business case to calculate your Return-on-Events
  • Identify which events are moving the needle on business outcomes you specify e.g. new community member recruitment, fostering connections, and much more
  • Inform planning around new topics and event formats that will land with your audience

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Event Admins
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April 9, 2021

Update: Batch Rejection

Platform and Event Admins can now batch reject events in the Pending Queue via the Batch Actions dropdown.
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Platform & Event Admins
Admin Dashboard

March 9, 2021

Update: HTML in Feeds & CSV Uploads

The following HTML tags are now supported when included in an event’s description in CSV/ICS/RSS Feeds and CSV bulk uploads: strong, em, b, i, p, code, pre, tt, samp, kbd, var, sub, sup, dfn, cite, big, small, address, hr, br, div, span, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, ul, ol, li, dl, dt, dd, abbr, acronym, a, img, blockquote, del, ins, iframe, u
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Platform Admins
Admin Dashboard

Update: Feed Error Reporting

Errors related to failed Feed imports will now be displayed in the status column on your Feeds management page.
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Platform Admins
Admin Dashboard

February 5, 2021

Feature: “New” Event Label

For events that have been approved within the last 30 days, a “NEW” label will automatically display on the event card. This label will be automatically removed when the event has reached 31 days since approval.
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Troubleshooting

If your event cards are not displaying the “NEW” label as expected, your platform customizations have prevented Localist from automatically applying this new feature. A Platform Admin will need to review the following Theme Editor file(s) and manually put in place the required code. To access this code, you can create an inactive theme with no customizations to review the default code. Alternatively, you can reset these files then re-apply your customizations, but this is only recommended if you have lightly modified the theme file AND a copy of your customized theme file code is saved outside of the platform.

  • Event Card: Shared Among Multiple Views > _event_item

January 11, 2021

Feature: Zoom Integration

When creating Virtual or Hybrid events, you can now connect to your Zoom account to generate meeting details without leaving the Localist event form.
Platform Admin
Event Admins + User Submissions
Emphasis + Legacy

Troubleshooting

If your Public Event Submission Form is not displaying the Zoom fields as expected, your platform customizations have prevented Localist from automatically applying this new feature. A Platform Admin will need to review the following Theme Editor file(s) and manually put in place the required code. To access this code, you can create an inactive theme with no customizations to review the default code. Alternatively, you can reset these files then re-apply your customizations, but this is only recommended if you have lightly modified the theme file AND a copy of your customized theme file code is saved outside of the platform.

  • Submission Form: Events > Public Event Submission Form

January 4, 2021

Update: Personal Payout Accounts

When using Localist Register, Event Admins can now add their own personal Strip payout account so that their event funds are directly deposited to their Stripe account. Previously, Stripe accounts were only added at a global level and managed by Platform Admins.
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Event Admins
Admin Dashboard