Acrolinx Release Notes (including subsequent service releases)

Version 2019.03 (7 March 2019) Acrolinx Private Cloud


This release is for Acrolinx Private Cloud customers only. With it, you'll see some new and improved features in the Sidebar, including a dedicated Sidebar tab for discovering new terms. We're also continuing to make it easier for you to get powerful insights from your Analytics -- you now have more control over the Document Reference that keeps track of a document over time.

General Improvements

More Control over the Document Reference

The document reference is what Acrolinx uses to track your content in Analytics. By default, Acrolinx uses the file path as the document reference. However, the file path can change if the document moves or changes name, so it's not a unique identifier.

Now, you can use an XPath expression to decide what Acrolinx uses as the document reference. For example, you can use the title text from within the document or a combination of information stored as metadata in attribute fields. No matter what you define, a flexible document reference gives you more control to accurately track your content.

Filter Text in PowerPoint by Font Type

Want to ignore any text written in Comic Sans? We totally agree! We added a small feature to our PowerPoint Content Profile that allows Content Profile Admins to exclude text from Acrolinx checks based on its font type.

Sidebar Improvements

New Terminology Tab in the Sidebar

You can now review and contribute discovered terms from a separate tab in the Sidebar. Having newly discovered terminology on a separate tab helps writers focus on their tasks, whether writing or contributing new terminology. When you run a check, any discovered terms will automatically appear in this tab. You can then contribute any of these terms to your terminology directly from the Sidebar.

You'll probably want to get a new Guidance Package so Acrolinx always discovers new terms for all of your Guidance Profiles.

Use Sidebar Cards to Delete Unwanted Content

Some Acrolinx guidelines suggest that you delete unnecessary words, but you had to manually delete these words from your content. Now, the Sidebar cards let you remove these unwanted words or phrases from your content with one click.

Bigger Buttons for User Actions

We're paying more attention to accessibility and usability for writers. We've made the user action images bigger so they're clearer and easier to recognize. We hope you like them!

Bug Fixes

Color Logic on the Content Quality Dashboard Didn't Match Analytics

The color of the Content Quality dashboard bar charts looks great if you've selected three or more Content Groups. However, if you've selected two or less, the colors didn't match up with the Analytics results. This meant it was possible to have a green bar even though all content was 20% or more below the given target.

We fixed this error, so the color of the bar always accurately represents the Analytics results, regardless of how many Content Groups you've selected.

Inactive Cards Didn't Appear in the Sidebar

Sometimes Acrolinx will find issues in your text that it can't directly edit or highlight, for example in read-only text. These issues should show up as inactive cards in the Sidebar. You can recognize inactive cards by the padlock icon in the corner, and Content Profile administrators can configure when they should appear.

But Acrolinx wasn't showing inactive cards at all, even if the Content Profile contained the right settings. We've fixed this problem, and now Acrolinx can display inactive cards in the Sidebar again, the way it should.

Term Contribution was Banished from the Sidebar

Once upon a time, it was possible to contribute terms directly from a spelling card in the Sidebar. But sadly, this feature was unfairly banished from the Sidebar during an overzealous purge. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, and the feature resumed its rightful place in the spelling cards. Peace, reason, and term contribution reign once again.

It Wasn't Possible to Define Content Groups Based on Custom Document Fields

When defining criteria for Content Groups, it wasn't possible to select custom fields under Custom Document Information. This was a slight oversight on our part, which we've fixed.

Scorecard Information Wasn't Visible on IE11

It wasn't always possible to view Scorecard Information when using Internet Explorer 11. We've fixed this.

Scorecard Archive Dashboard Wasn't Visible on IE11

It wasn't always possible to view the Scorecard Archive Dashboard when using Internet Explorer 11, either. We've fixed this, too.

"Add Comment" Link in the Acrolinx Term Browser Led You Astray

If your Dashboard and Term Browser languages didn't match, the "Add comment" link in the Term Browser would lead you down a garden path to the term contribution page. This wasn't a tactic to deflect your comments, it was just a bug that we've now fixed.

"Period Start" Column of the "Status Details" Web Report Showed Dates in the Future

The Content Quality dashboard has a web report called "Status Details", which contains the column "period start". Up until now, this column showed the middle of the given period, which turned Acrolinx into a part-time prophet. Since we haven't actually invented a time machine yet, we've changed the column to reflect the actual period start.