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[Koha-cvs] CVS: koha/misc/release notes release_notes_223.txt,NONE,1.1.2

From: Paul POULAIN
Subject: [Koha-cvs] CVS: koha/misc/release notes release_notes_223.txt,NONE,
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 15:47:19 -0700

Update of /cvsroot/koha/koha/misc/release notes
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1st 2.2.3 release notes

***** Bogus filespec: notes
--- NEW FILE ---

Koha is the 1st Open-Source Integrated Library System.
Released at first in New zealand, in 2000 januaray, it is maintained by a team 
of volunteers from around the globe, the Koha system is a full catalogue, opac, 
circulation and acquisitions system.

Koha 2.2 is more than 247 000 lines of code, developped by more than 30 
differents developpers (excluding translators).

With the 2.2 version, Koha is now a mature product, with a lot of nice 
features. It's used in more than 50 libraries, from all kinds (public, schools, 
search, religious...), of all size (from 1 to 8 branches, from 1000 to 300 000 

* The librarian interface is tested only with mozilla/firefox. Should work 
(partially) with IE. OPAC should work fine with any navigator.

Diff 2.2.2 => 2.2.3

(This new chapter in release notes will be in all new releases. It point any 
change in the DB. All changes are supposed to be handled by the DB updater, but 
here for your information)

DB structure : none
DB content : none

***** Critical & Minor mixed
        === ACQUISITION ===
        * adding supplier info to basket.pl (for order printing)
        === OPAC ===
        * minor fix in subject link (normal view)
        === CATALOGUE ===
        === CIRCULATION ===
        === BORROWERS ===
        * better management of joining & expiry dates :
                - dates can be manually typed when adding a borrower.
                - Empty fields are automatically calculated (joining = today & 
expiry date calculated from borrower category)
                - Expiry date can be modified
        * checking expiry date when trying to issue a book & forbidding issuing 
when expiry date reached. ** IMPORTANT ** This check was not done before. Thus, 
you may be unable to issue books where you could before. You can update your 
database borrower by borrower or with the following SQL command on the server : 
"update borrowers set expiry='2005-31-12'". You can limit the update to a 
borrower category with "update borrowers set expiry='2005-31-12' where 
categorycode='A'" (all SQL commands must be typed without any ")
        * template improvements & some bugfixes in fines management.

        === PARAMETERS ===
        * in marctagstructure, next & previous button no more loose 
frameworkcode & link to default framework
        === REPORTS ===
        * in "borrowers with no issues" wizard, adding "without issues since" 
        === ALL ===
***** Major
        === CATALOGUE ===
        * There is also a FindDuplicate feature for MARC Authorities

**** Minor

Diff 2.2.1 => 2.2.2

(This new chapter in release notes will be in all new releases. It point any 
change in the DB. All changes are supposed to be handled by the DB updater, but 
here for your information)

DB structure : none
DB content :
* new systempref MIME (OPENOFFICE.ORG or EXCEL) and delimiter (;). They are 
used by the Reports module, when exporting a report to a spreadsheet
* new userflags *management* and *tools* to separate systempreferences in 3 
differents permissions (see below)

***** Critical & Minor mixed
        === ACQUISITION ===
                * 3 bugfixes in suggestions :
                - major : a suggestion was not shown in acquisition except when 
ordered by the suggestor itself.
                - major : the mail to the suggestor was not sent.
                - minor : the name was not shown in accepted by column, in 
                * virtual sheves in OPAC :
                - The user needed to have librarian rights to be able to go to 
the virtual shelf page.
                - Adding a book to an existing virtual shelf did not work
                * when a line was deleted, it was still counted in bookseller 
number of pending line order (in order.pl).
                * a non closed basket could be modified even if the supplier 
was set "inactive"

        === OPAC ===
                * showing marcnotes in opac-detail (bug #920)

        === CATALOGUE ===
                * some fixes in authority search (worked, but could fail to 
return results under certain circumstances)
                * libopac now works : in Koha >> parameters >> biblioframework 
>> modify field or subfield. If you set "opac text" to a different value than 
librarian text, you'll have different headers/text for MARC fields (for example 
: "1st responsability" for librarians, "author" for end users)
                * removed a limit to 255 char in field length in MARC editor 
(the DB can handle much more)
                * tabs in MARC editor : the active tab is now hilighted & in 
biblio modif, empty tabs are not shown (as in biblio add)
                * bugfixes in permissions (some pages required parameters where 
they should require editcatalogue)
                * the z3950daemon was buggy (forgotten to port a bugfix in 2.0 
branch. It works again)

        === CIRCULATION ===
                * renewal date was improperly calculated. Now, returndate is 
calculated from today, not from previous returndate
                * display waiting status only if item has arrived at pickup 
branch.  Setting 'atdestination' variable if so.  Changes are required in the 
template to take advantage of this.
                * in circulation, when clicking on member, the member page is 
opened twice (in main window & in a popup). The popup has been removed.

        === BORROWERS ===
                * bugfixes in parameters (when modifying a borrower, with 
alternate address)
                * members flags (card lost, debarred, gone no address) are back 
in default template.

        === ALL ===
                * some fixes for date & currency format

***** Major

        === STATS ===
                * The stat module is here !!! In Reports menu, you now have 4 
powerful "wizards" (for catalogue, borrowers, issues and acquisitions). You can 
define 3 things in a report : what you want in columns, what you want in lines, 
and filters you want on datas. For issues & acquisitions, you also can choose 
what you want in each cell (count or amount, or loan length). You can get those 
results in your borwser, or in your spreadsheet (MS-Excel & OpenOffice.org work 
fine). This module will continue to be improved to get the possibility to 
retrieve bulk datas in your spreadsheat. It works quite well, but has still 
some bugs and weaknesses. You also get some nice "top XXX" stats.
        === CATALOGUE ===
                * catalogue, changed the small "search glass" behaviour. It now 
appears only on subfields that have a "link" value. Avoid useless glasses and 
removes nothing. **** WARNING **** : if you don't change you MARC parameters, 
glasses DISAPPEAR, because no subfields have a link value. So you MUST 
"reactivate" them manually. If you want to enable the search glass on field 
225$a (collection in UNIMARC), just put 225a to "link" field (Koha >> 
parameters >> framework >> 225 field >> subfield >> modify $a >> enter 225a in 
link input field (without quotes or anything else)
                * showing item status in result list. The book status is in 
items.notforloan (every non 0 value meaning "book not for loan). The item 
status should be mapped to an item MARC subfield & this subfield should usually 
be connected to an authorised_value list.
                * in authorities search forms, adding a "main entry" field 
($a), to limit the search. The "anywhere" field is still here. An option has 
been added to search "contains" or "start by".
                * item status (opac & librarian interfaces) The item status has 
been improved : It now can be :
                        - on order (= item has been ordered, but not yet 
arrived at the library)
                        - not for loan : if the "notforloan" field is mapped to 
an authorised value list, the right value is shown. Thus, an item can be "lost" 
or "being repaired", or whatever you put in the authorised values list. 
(reminder : the "notforloan" field, when 0 means 'ok, book can be issued', and 
all other values means 'nok, book can't be issued' (whatever the reason, that 
can be in the authorised value table)
                * in catalogue search, the user can now order asc or desc.
                * in catalogue search, the result list now show the itemtype in 
a column
                * in catalogue search, if there is only 1 answer, open it 
directly, don't show a list of results with just 1 line.
                * added an option to duplicate a biblio
                * in search before adding a biblio, the search uses the 
standard Koha API. It means the user don't have to write the title exactly as 
in biblio.title (empty words are now excluded)
                * changed behaviour for long fields : if a field contains more 
than 200 chars, the field will be edited as a textarea, not as a standard 
input. More conveinent.
                * in item MARC editor, the item list is hidden if empty.
                * in item MARC editor, the user can switch easily to the biblio 
                * UNIMARC plugin for 4xx fields. In UNIMARC, 4xx are related to 
links. This plugin works like the authority popup, but search in biblio instead 
of authorities. To set it up, you must :
                        - define a 4xx$9 that will contain the biblio number of 
the linked biblio. In this 4xx$9 subfield, you must fill the "link to" with the 
field/subfield that is connected to biblio.biblionumber (090a by default).
                        - define the subfield you want in the 4xx field. This 
plugins deals "classic link" method (one of the 2 UNIMARC possibilities for 
                        - choose one subfield and set unimarc_field_4xx.pl as 

        === TOOLS ===
                * added a tool in misc/merge_authority.pl to merge 2 
authorities (and modify biblios using them) This script can also be used to 
update biblios that use an authority that has been modified.
                * added a tool in misc/migration_tools/check_marc_definition.pl 
that can be helpful when you migrate your datas. It compare the datas in the DB 
and the setting of MARC structure 
                It show all fields/subfields that are in the MARC DB but NOT in 
any tab (= fields used but not visible) Usually, this means you made an error 
in your MARC editor. Sometimes, this is something normal.
                * Useful for translators only : modified tmpl_process to copy 
files that are not translated (like images, css... previously, they were not 
copied, it had to be done manually. Errors occurs because changes in english 
css or images were not reported to the translation directory giving a buggy 

        === ALL ===
                * added a stylesheet for the printer (useful in acquisition 
basket printing. The doNotPrint style can be used anywhere to remove a part of 
the screen during printing)
                * new permissions : management & tools. You now have 2 new 
permissions :
                        - management : means the user can manage library 
parameters, but NOT system parameters.
                        - parameters : means the user can manage all parameters 
(including system parameters : marc structure, authorised values, system 
preferences. Was the only flag previously existing)
                        - tools : means the user can import/export datas & edit 
                note that for compatibility reasons, a user having "parameters" 
can access everything.
                * new permission scheme. In every template new variables are 
available. They are written CAN_user_permission, with permission being one of 
the permission flag. templates can now show or hidde menu entries depending on 
user permissions. For example, a user with just circ permissions should have 
only the "circulation" button on home page. Templates are NOT updated in this 
version (except for system parameters, as proof of concept), they will be in 
the next ones. But the scheme is ready.

**** Minor
        === OPAC ===
                * added ISSN to simple biblio detail
                * added glasses to OPAC marc view, with same behaviour as in 
librarian interface.
                * overdues items are more visible on opac-user page
                * removed menu at bottom of basket page. They are badly shown 
in some browsers
                * in biblio basket, showing item info (location, callnumber and 
                * if a search give only 1 result, the user reach it directly 
(without a 1 line list)

        === ACQUISITION ===
                * acquisition, module, adding a button to delete a line in 
order (was possible by setting qty to 0, but it's more user-friendly)

        === CATALOGUE ===
                * in authorities, added a "main entry" search field. Will limit 
the search to the main entry of the main field of the authority (the $a of the 
tag_to_report field)

        === BORROWERS ===
                * Show the current borrower in librarian interface, normal view 
of a biblio (with a link to jump to borrower page)
        === CIRCULATION ===
                * in circulation, adding a button to edit the borrower & go 
back to the circ screen directly.

        === TOOLS ===
                * changes in overdue_notice.pl script :
                        - moving all parameters at start of script => easier to 
                        - sending overdues for borrowers without mail to a 
"koha admin mail".
                        - ignoring borrowers with "overduenoticerequired" set 
to 0 (= don't send overduenotice)
                        - removing "print" to have a silent script (ie can be 
put in crontab)

Diff 2.2.0 => 2.2.1

***** Critical
* fix for http://bugs.koha.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=811 : The OPAC 
requires uses to log in to view virtual shelves, but it does not require a user 
with librarian privileges
* multiple biblio subtitles are correctly stored & shown in simple (non-MARC) 
view, even after a biblio modif.
* multiple main authors are now correctly handled in simple (non-MARC) view
* it was possible to create a cardnumber that was already defined

***** Minor
* in serials module >> add subscription >> select biblio : The next / previous 
page were invalid.
* in serials module >> add subscription >> select biblio : impossible to report 
the biblio when there is a quote in it (' was not escaped)
* "waiting" status was often inaccurate for a reserved material (should show 
"in transit" while not in destination branch)
* issn were not stored correctly in non-MARC DB on biblio modification
* in catalogue, modifs were not stored properly the non-MARC item DB. Affect 
only libraries without barcodes.
* in thesaurus structure, deleting a tag delete the tag in each authtype, not 
only in the selected authtype.
* plugin unimarc_225a (seriestitle) did not show the seriestitle list, when 
there was no ISBN
* in authority structure, trying to delete a tag in an authority type, deleted 
the tag in the default authority type.
* in authority structure, trying to define the 400$0 created a "400$@" 
("subfield" for fields <100)
* many bugfixes for a better mod_perl support
* bug in acquisition : the title was also stored as subtitle.

***** Major
* serial subscriptions : modifs to handdle correctly more than 1 subscription 
of the same biblio. Enter subscription detail in subscription notes (like "for 
branch XX" or "for 2nd floor"). The subscription details are all shown in OPAC.
* serial subscriptions : you can now delete a subscription that is not yet 
active (= has only 1 issue in "waiting" state)
* adding series title and publication year limits in opac-search form.
* improvements and fixes in Nelsonville templates
* adding a brief/detailled display in biblio basket view.

**** Minor
* in biblio basket, adding the possibility to open a biblio (in the main 
window) by clicking on the title
* circulation >> issue : showing borrowernumber code just after the borrower 
* the search on barcodes has been changed to "start" instead of "contains". 
It's more logic
* in ISBD & MARC view, codes like itemtypes, authorized values... are shown in 
complete form, not as code.
* do not show reserve fees if they are not applicable (0)
* show a message for libraries with no reserve possible, when the user clic on 
"request" button.
* adding a "un-debar" button in circulation screen, to unset "debarred" flag 
for a borrower (ported from nelsonville templates)
* adding a link to member page to jump to issues page directly (ported from 
nelsonville templates)
* Adding two print versions of the member details screen (ported from 
nelsonville templates)
- moremember-print.tmpl is a full-page view with information about the patron, 
issues, and reserves
- moremember-receipt.tmpl is a brief view with information about issues, 
designed to be appropriate for a slip printer.
* member detail : adding opac login in main page
* adding notforloan column in admin/itemtypes list
* in unimarc_field_225a plugin (collection chooser), ordering the list 
* in member search, adding an option to order result by name or cardnumber
* added the price in order history

Diff 2.2RC5 => 2.2.0

***** Critical
* rolling back lock_tables_privs = 'Y' during install stage (too many problems) 
The option is shown in bulkmacimport instead.
* bugfix for the search on a MARC detail, when you clic on the magnifying glass 
(caused an internal server error)

***** Minor
* error in authority => biblio 'jumper' that make the jump fail (was a 
remaining ')
* when modifying a biblio, on a repeated field with many subfields, the test to 
show empty subfields in X>1 was wrong : the missing subfields of the 1st field 
were repeated.
Example :
606 has $a$x$z
1st is 606$a (so $x$z empty)
2nd is 606$a$x
The marc editor in the 2nd field showed before this fix :
606 $a a_value
   $x another_value
(the 2nd $x being useless)
* Authorities : Minor changes in summary "exploding" (the 3 digits AFTER the 
subfield were not on the right place).
* partial support of the "linkage" MARC feature : if you enter a "link" on a 
MARC subfield, the magnifying glass won't search on the field, but on the 
linked field. I agree it's a partial support. Will be improved, but I need to 
investigate MARC21 & UNIMARC diffs on this topic.

***** Major
* New systempref parameter : opacstylesheet If this parameter is set to a 
stylesheet URL, this stylesheet will be used instead of the opactheme one. With 
this parameter, you can have your own stylesheet for OPAC, that will be used 
and kept when you update your version of Koha. The systempref must be a 
complete URL (http://www.koha.org/stylesheet/somestylesheet.css for example)
* improvements in shelves management in OPAC (synch'ing with librarian 
interface) : the user can modify a bookshelf, add a book into a bookshelf from 
the biblio, create a bookshelf "on the fly", from the bookshelf popup.
* new directory migration_tools in $KOHA/misc Will store various migration 
tools. bulkmarcimport has been moved here.

**** Minor
* minor change in MARCdetail : when a field is repeated, the field header is 
not repeated but replaced by a nice little empty space.

Diff 2.2RC4 => 2.2RC5


***** Critical
* limiting the number of search term to 8. There was no limit before, but 8 
words seems to be the upper limit mySQL can deal with (in less than a second. 
tested on a DB with 13 000 items) In 2.4, a new DB structure will highly speed 
things and this limit will be removed. FindDuplicate is activated again.
* bugfixes in french translation (that made cataloguing in french impossible)
* set lock_tables_privs = 'Y' during install stage. Note this requires a mysql 
version not too old.

***** Minor
* during update, if the user enter a different directory for backup than the 
default one, the updater does not obey and stores in default directory anyway !
* minor (spelling) fix for adding an organization
* member search (bug 851) : stripping out comma and apostrophe from search terms
* various methods to split subjects (depending on OS, a <CR> / <CR><LF> problem)


***** Major
* circulation / issue : adding a button to cancel an issue when a confirmation 
is required (bug #858)
* circulation / issue : adding a checkbox to confirm reserve cancel when a 
reserved book is issued by someone else (bug #858)
* virtual shelves : adding feature to create a virtual shelf on the fly, when 
adding a biblio, and feature to modify a virtual shelf name/status
* catalogue : adding a systempref to define default view in OPAC (either 
normal, MARC or ISBD). Created automatically during install or update. Check 
that you have a Koha >> parameters >> systempreferences >> BiblioDefaultView, 
Variable type : Choice, Variable options : normal|marc|isbd

**** Minor
* an improvement has been done in DB calls that needs a new index. It's 
automatically added in fresh installs, but for updates, run the following SQL 
command :
ALTER TABLE `marc_subfield_structure` ADD INDEX ( `kohafield` ) 
* adding a systempref to define default view in OPAC (either normal, MARC or 
ISBD). Created automatically during install or update. Check that you have a 
Koha >> parameters >> systempreferences >> BiblioDefaultView, Variable type : 
Choice, Variable options : normal|marc|isbd
* the list of authorities types is now ordered by authtypetext. Thus you can 
use the "space trick" : if you add a space before an authtype text, it's shown 
first. Useful when you have an authority type that you use more often than 
* authoritiy list shown in authtypetext order (so authtypetext with a space 
appear first, hint used everywhere else for lists)
* some minor html changes (like changing "images" numbers in "text" numbers for 
result list page numbers.

Diff 2.2RC3 => 2.2RC4

***** Critical
1 CRITICAL bug in acquisition (another one...) : when MARC=ON, and an order 
line is created from an existing biblio (to buy another item), the MARC biblio 
is lost and replaced by the non marc one (that has a lot less informations...). 
To solve the problem, the biblio can no more be modified after the order has 
been placed. Less feature, but more reliable ! (not simple solution to solve 
this problem. Would imply to rewrite the MARC biblio from the non marc datas, 
and no API is provided for this yet)
2 CRITICAL bugfix in Biblio.pm, removing &branches declaration (was due to an 
untested cvs rollback, opac-search.pl was crashing)
3 CRITICAL bugfix in Biblio.pm when MARC=OFF. subjects were stored and 
immediatly deleted. And not stored correctly in MARC part of the biblio. 
(thanks to Waylon Robertson)

***** Minor
1 bugfix in updatedatabase (auth_header creation table). Don't affect previous 
install of 2.2, only upgrades 2.0 => 2.2
2 reading rec : Fixing link to toggle between full and limited display
3 bugfix for moremember.pl that no longer outputed item type for issues
4 defaulting actual cost to estimated cost (was 0 by default)
5 bugfix : in biblio search, - and other signs where not properly managed. 
Leroy-Beaulieu could not be found
6 the popup of the 210c plugin closes when a collection is choosed
7 bugfix : could not select a biblio in subscription creation if the book was 
not for loan
8 minor fixes in spelling in subscription
9 adding acquisition in default userflags. This flag can be set for librarians 
that have access to acquisition
10 in subscription enddate calculation, bugfix when subscription based on 
number of issues (worked when based on subscription length)
11 in subscription next issue date calculation, bugfix when subscription 
frequency is 1/quarter.
12 datelastseen is updated when the book is returned
13 moredetail.pl shows incorrect date, incorrectly formatted (bug #689)
14 DuplicateFinder has been disabled : sometimes goes into a looonnnggg lasting 
15 when a query returns only one result, adding it to basket did not work.
16 deletion of a suggestion was buggy. Now fixed
17 for installation of Koha under Windows there is a bug with subject 
splitting. Now fixed. (thanks to Waylon Robertson)

***** Major
1 a lot in book shelves
2 Submitting with no barcode in issues should clear for next patron (bug #865)
3 screen added to see late issues from a given bookseller
4 Koha should now work under mod_perl (Release Manager don't use mod_perl. 
fixes comes from A. Tarallo, Argentina, that ensure Koha works fine with 
mod_perl with the patches applied)

**** Minor
1 show also item tags into marc list of fields (in librarian search interface)
2 email sent basket : the sender can give it's name, in case the basket is sent 
to a friend, not to itself
3 removing useless string in isbd view
4 cataloguing, in isbnsearch, after searching a title/ISBN, the librarian can 
choose the framework (+ it's a cataloguing screen, not an acquisition one)
5 serials : in issues management, the waited/late issues bloc is before the 
collection state bloc.
6 serials : the intranet note has been removed, it's useless
7 after an authority is added/modified, go to this fresh authority (instead of 
8 search option in auth-top
9 in OPAC, the itemcallnumber search is a "start by" search (was a contains)
10 opac note is defaulted to '' (was 0, that means nothing)
11 adding blank to relshiploop (altrelationship) loop (Bug ???)
12 when deleting an itemtype, don't check issuingrules, but delete them too
13 For MARC=OFF installation, Waylon submitted a script to rebuild MARC part of 
the catalogue. It's in misc/updatemarc_subjects.pl (thanks to Waylon Robertson)

Diff 2.2RC2 => 2.2RC3
* CRITICAL bug in acquisition : biblio badly stored in MARC part of Koha, 
deleting another biblio...
* CRITICAL problem : the duplicate finder (when adding a biblio) has 
performances problems under certains circumstances.
* bug #862 fixed : Upgrade does not work (from 2.2RC1 to 2.2RC2)
* bugfix in acquisition, when a line is modified, aqorderbreakdown was 
duplicated. (Seems it was a mysql return value depending on mysql version)
* bugfix in setting user permissions (they were stored, but not shown correctly 
* bugfix in translation error for basket sent in OPAC
* bugfix in 225a plugin (editor chooser)
* adding itemcallnumber entry in systempreferences during install
* error in biblio detail showing when MARC=ON (bug from RC2, did not exist 
* bug in acceptorreject OPAC suggestion (bug from RC2, did not exist before)
* Not really a bug but : stopword must not be empty. If it's empty, the search 
* During install, the user can load french and english stopwords if he want.
* French librarian interface seems OK
* addbook (1st page when MARC=ON) is a catalogue screen, not an acquisition one
* The barcode is shown in the list of books issued by a borrower in opac-user 

Diff 2.2RC1 => 2.2RC2
* bugfix for import in reservoir : title and isbn where not extracted.
* bugfix in OPAC : it was possible to reserve books that where "notforloan"
* bugfix in circulation : no warning when a reserve was made on a book that you 
try to issue to someone else. 
* bugfix & improvement for catalogue management behaviour when MARC=OFF
* bugfix in bookshelves (in CVS, probably not in official tar.gz)
* bugfix in online help (in CVS, probably not in official tar.gz)

* Download the package
* tar xvfz koha-version.tar.gz
* cd koha-version
* ./installer.pl
* READ and FOLLOW the instructions

READING what is on screen during installation is VERY important. Some decisions 
you make during install stage are very hard to reproduce after.

UPGRADE from previous 2.0.0preX or RCx version
* Download the package
* tar xvfz koha-version.tar.gz
* cd koha-version
* ./koha.upgrade
* Follow the instructions

UPGRADE from previous 1.2.x version :
UPGRADE TO A 2.0.0 version before upgrading

UPGRADE from a 2.1.x version is NOT AVAILABLE. Don't install 2.2 on a 2.1.x 
test database. A lot of DB changes have been done since 2.1.x & cannot be 
handled by the DB updater.

Koha 2.2 has, of course, all the previous features from Koha (acquisition, 
cataloguing, circulation, members modules, OPAC, complete MARC support...) plus 
the following new ones :

General :
* (almost) complete rewrite of librarian GUI : now Koha uses CSS, and is easier 
to use. However, users of Koha 2.0.0 won't be lost, as the general organisation 
of the product has not changed.
* Online Help : an online help is available everywhere in the librarian 
interface. It's complete in the parameters section of Koha and for new 
features. It will be completed for the rest of the product.
* Better LDAP suport : Koha 2.2 can be "connected" to a LDAP server and get all 
borrower informations from there (including borrower category where 
applicable). However, to avoid problems for libraries without LDAP server, the 
LDAP features have been stored in modules/C4/Auth_with_ldap.pm file. The 
standard Auth.pm don't use it. If you want LDAP, just perldoc Auth_with_ldap.pm 
and manually tune your Auth package !
* Auto installer : if you install koha with ./install -i 
/path/to/auto_install_file, then Koha will be installed almost without 
question. A very usefull feature for developpers that want to install/uninstall 
Koha quite often. A sample of auto_install_file is provided in 
* Uninstaller : run misc/uninstall.pl, provide the mysql root password. that's 
all. Koha is completely deleted and can be reinstalled. With the previous 
feature, it's a very nice solution for test platform.
* mod_perl : Koha should now work under mod_perl, that gives a big performance 
boost (Release Manager don't use mod_perl. fixes comes from A. Tarallo, 
Argentina, that ensure Koha works fine with mod_perl with the patches applied)
* Nelsonville have shared their templates. They are available as NPL theme.
* Language : in this version, only english and french versions are fully 
functionnal. Spanish and chinese are provided, but not fully functionnal. 
Polish, German, Arabic, Hebrew, and many other languages have volunteers and 
should be here in a future 2.2.x

BE CAREFUL with uninstaller : 
1- This script does not ask for confirmation after mysql root password.
2- This script uses /etc/koha.conf. If you have more than 1 koha on your 
server, use /etc/koha.conf for a "deletable-test" one.

Acquisition :
* suggestion : borrowers can suggest items to buy in OPAC. Then, the librarian 
can manage (accept or refuse) and order them.
* possibility to close a basket, he can't be modified then
* order a basket by publisher or by bookfund/publisher
* search order history

Cataloguing :
* Cataloguing frameworks : you can define as many frameworks as you want. A 
framework describes how a material is catalogued (which fields, subfields, 
which constraints on them...)
* MARC authorities : Koha now supports authorities in MARC. You can define the 
MARC structure for authorities like for biblios.
* New contraints can be set for subfields :
  - subfield is hidden : appears in MARC editor, but not in OPAC.
  - subfield is an URL : the field can be cliqued
  - related fields : a search made on a subfield also uses other subfields 
automatically. Using this feature, a search on "title" can search title, but 
also subtitle, uniform title,...
* Item location can now be done on 3 levels : the branch, the location (room), 
the callnumber.
* The callnumber can now be calculated from the LC, the dewey, or be freely 
(and manually) entered.
* Duplicate finder : this powerful feature help your cataloguers avoiding 
duplicate biblios.
* ISBD view : in librarian interface as well as in OPAC biblios can be shown in 
standard (default) presentation, in MARC (human readable) or ISBD. The ISBD 
view can be tuned by the librarian team. There is also a systempref to define 
default view in OPAC (either normal, MARC or ISBD). Created automatically 
during install or update. Check that you have a Koha >> parameters >> 
systempreferences >> BiblioDefaultView, Variable type : Choice, Variable 
options : normal|marc|isbd
* UNIMARC plugin for every 1xx fields : ESNMP have developped all the plugins 
for UNIMARC fields 1xx. Those fields are coded fields.

Serial cataloguing :
Koha 2.2 manage serial subscriptions and issuing of those subscriptions. (Only 
a few words to describe a very important & complete module !)

Catalogue search :
* Search in OPAC and librarian interface has been improved. They now are 
exactly the same.
* Spelling suggestion : before sending a request, the user can ask for spelling 
suggestion. This shows other forms of words entered that would give results. 
Give poor results for instance, the Koha team is thinking to a true 
* The user can select the order of the results and the number of results shown.

Members :
* The borrowernote field is shown on issue and transfer.
* The textmessaging field appears in OPAC when the user logs in.

Circulation :
* New issuing rules : Issuing can be set for branch / borrower type / item 
category, by number of days and number of items available.
* "joker" issuing rules : the library can set issuing rules for "any branch" or 
"any borrower type", or "any item category".
Both issuing rules are cumulative : a library can set issuing rules to 10 
books, 5 CD, but 12 total (books or CD).

In Koha 2.2, koha has :
* baskets. A basket can be printed or sent by mail to the borrower
* virtual shelves : a virtual shelf can be created and filled by any logged 
borrower. A given virtual shelf can be private or public. Or even free-for-all.
* language chooser : the borrower can change the language on the fly. The 
default language being still choosen by the library
* complete CSS definition. With a new systempref parameter : opacstylesheet. If 
this parameter is set to a stylesheet URL, this stylesheet will be used instead 
of the opactheme one. With this parameter, you can have your own stylesheet for 
OPAC, that will be used and kept when you update your version of Koha. The 
systempref must be a complete URL 
(http://www.koha.org/stylesheet/somestylesheet.css for example)

Barcode printing :
A new module has been added to the parameters section : barcode printing. It 
requires the PDF::Api2 Perl package and can print barcode on 

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