EdStep Release Notes, June 07, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • Miscellaneous Safari-specific bug fixes related to the sign-up process and Content Explorer and Content Author.
  • Fixed the Go back links in the sign-up flow: before, when clicking on these links a non-meaningful error (“Whoops, looks like something went wrong“) was displayed.
  • Fixed the authentication bug that caused the authentication dialog to be displayed when trying to interact with H5P content in a course that had been configured to not require the learners to authenticate.


  • Admin/backend users signup report from the Authentication service.


  • Roll-out of load-balanced Apache Tomcat servers. Up until now, we were following a weekly release cycle with EdStep due to the underlying technology that required downtime when deploying new features. With the before-mentioned deployment of load-balanced Apache Tomcat servers we now have zero downtime with Java-based components in place making a continuous deployment process more feasible in the future.
  • Sign-up flow cleanup
    1. Simplification of the sign-up flow (part 1 of, at least, 3) leading up to the eventual removal of the following steps in the sign-up process:
      1. Requirement to provide a separate username.
      2. The verification dialog in which the user was expected to paste a code that was sent to them in the initial signup confirmation email. In addition, the accompanying signup confirmation email has been cleaned up to provide only one option to confirm the signup: clicking on the link in the email.
      3. The dialog in which the user was prompted to separately connect to third-party authentication providers.
    2. Removing Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy links from the authentication’s service sign-up and sign-in screens. Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy are application-specific and do not belong to the authentication service. What’s more, the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy pages contained lorum ipsum placeholder text that was never replaced.
  • Improved (HTML) email design.
  • Removal of the separate business page (and accompanying redirect to the main page) on EdStep‘s landing page.
  • Clean-up of generated HTML5 to ensure that EdStep’s HTML is valid HTML.
  • cookies warning (that is, a message informing the user that the EdStep website uses cookies for tracking purposes) is displayed on the landing page until the user acknowledges the warning by explicitly closing it.

More to come. Stay tuned.