We would like to provide you with an update on our ongoing project to update website libraries. Some of the items completed have been replacing the editor within modules. We are now shifting our attention to moving page content and CivicSend to the new editor. Moving this project along will allow for a variety of enhancements such as bulk actions in the Image Repository.
If your content has already been migrated and/or you do not have CivicSend, this will not affect your site. If you are unsure if your editor is updated, here is a look at the updated editor. Any new pages created or content added since April 2021 will be in the new editor.
Previously, as we began testing the migration of content, some concerns were raised about the appearance of the content and a change to the way it was being presented. After further investigation, testing, and discussion, we have been assured that this will make your content more accessible to your site visitors.
Once your content has been migrated, you will not see any differences on your pages until you edit your content. This is when the new editor will appear and content appearance may slightly change.
We do know that these two editors are different, and your sites may have custom styles used so it is impossible to predict and account for all scenarios of the transfer of content. We know the appearance of the content may change, but the majority of changes will be additional spacing between headers and paragraphs.
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The reason behind the change is that the Legacy Editor did not use a <p> paragraph tag and only contained <span> spans for markup. Span is non-semantic, and therefore has no meaning, and serves merely as an element for cosmetic effects. <span> is used to apply a CSS style and/or class(es) to an arbitrary section of text and inline elements.
The New Editor uses <p> tags, which have semantic meanings. They tell a machine (like a browser or a screen reader) that the content they encapsulate is a block of text and has the same meaning as a paragraph of text in a book. Semantically, you use <p> tags to indicate paragraphs.
Please Note: The update of CivicSend editors has been delayed. After the release and testing of a few fixes, we will migrate all customers that have been scheduled up to that point. We will be targeting December 11, 2022, for this release and update of the editors in CivicSend.
For those using CivicSend, we want to call out that whole templates may not be reusable or may require you to fix sections within. Fixes would need to be made after the new editor is enabled for your site. During testing, it was found that some elements, mainly a right-justified image, caused a break in those sections within the template. Due to the differences in the editors, there is no way for our developers to resolve this. We want to apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
What Happens Now?
The schedule posted below outlines when you can expect your State to be in the migration phase. Nothing needs to be done on your part at this time. Migration will occur overnight to reduce any chance of interruption. We do not expect any site downtime.
After the first wave of migration, we will take a short pause to gather feedback and ensure the transition is going as planned. We will be looking for feedback on anything that breaks a page or drastically alters content. This can be reported to our Support team if you are not able to resolve this yourself.
Note: Additional spacing in content and the inability to reuse CivicSend templates without fixing specific sections is expected and will not be addressed by Support.
Tips for the New Editor
- When you access the editor of newly migrated page content, you will see the updated editor and be asked to save your page changes at that time
- Enter will create a <p> tag with additional spacing
- Shift + Enter will create a <br> tag and not move to the next paragraph.
- If you see large spaces in content, look at HTML (code) view and remove any empty lines of <br> surrounded by <p> tags
How do I know what pages will be affected on my site?
It is possible that all pages will be affected. After the conversion, there will be no apparent changes to your content until you click into an editor. At that time, the new editor appears and you can save changes, cancel or update your content in the editor.
Will I be receiving a report of the affected pages?
There will not be a report on the pages containing the legacy editor as changes can be addressed on a page-by-page basis while editing content.
Will there be additional training provided?
Training is not needed as the new editor has been released and used since April 2021.
The schedule for each state is as follows. Please note that if the schedule needs to change for any reason it will be communicated via updates to this article. Please follow this article to receive these updates via email.
Week of October 10, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
- American Samoa
- Rhode Island
Week of October 17, 2022
- Pause for retrospective
Week of October 24, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
Week of October 31, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
- New Mexico
- New York
Week of November 7, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
Week of November 14, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
- New Jersey
Week of November 21, 2022 (Complete Except for CivicSend)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Week of November 28, 2022 (Completed Except for CivicSend)
Week of December 5, 2022 (In Progress)
- District of Columbia
- South Carolina
Week of December 12, 2022
- British Columbia
Week of December 19, 2022