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Below are all the patches, updates and improvements made to the UBCMS in 2016.



  • List Builder: New "Display as" option, "Links: Grouped by Title," which shows subheadings for the first letter of each title.
  • List Builder: New "Display as" option, "Links: Medium Call to Action," which shows each list item similar to the medium-style Call to Action component.
  • List Builder: New "Display in Columns" advanced option to split the list into 2-4 columns.
  • Collapsible Content Container (new brand only): Titles and icons have been enlarged to match Call to Action title and icon sizes.
  • Page Properties: Image tab: Alt text is now required when uploading an image to the Image tab of Page Properties. This text is used when the image is displayed as a teaser on another page.
  • Carousel (new brand only): Carousels now adjust their height to match the height of each item as it is displayed. There is a minimum height of 4-5 lines of text.
  • Full Width Carousel (new brand only): Updated formatting in desktop and RWD mode, including showing teaser body information. Also, now works in non-full-width columns, and has the choice of gray or white background.
  • Collapsible Grid: Adding a link fragment like "#3" on a link to a page with a Collapsible Grid component will start the grid with that item expanded.
  • Redirects: Redirect pages (and normal pages with a redirect set in page properties) were redirecting with a 302 status code and now use a 301 status code, which is better for SEO and matches what vanity URLs have been doing.
  • Flex Module: "Open in new window" now also affects the "See more" button.
  • Profiles (new brand only): Minor tweaks to profile formatting.
  • Table (new brand only): Links in header cells were are now formatted correctly.
  • Fonts: Sofia Medium Bold has been replaced with a slightly different version of the font.
  • Title (new brand only): Titles used in home page columns are now formatted correctly in RWD.
  • Body Text (new brand only): Body Text used in home page columns is now formatted correctly.
  • Event List (new brand only): Fixed formatting of empty events list message.
  • List Builder (new brand only): Fixed formatting of empty list message.




  • Reports: New "Inbound Link Report" for listing UBCMS pages that link to a given page or URL.
  • Reports: New "Outbound Link Report" for listing everything a page or site links to.
  • Move Tool: Move page tool now blocks use of inappropriate characters -- spaces !@#$%, etc -- as the New Page tool does and as it did in AEM 5.6.
  • Copy Tool: Copy page tool in Sidekick now includes the current page location as the default as it did in AEM 5.6.
  • Text Field (forms): Removed "Date" as a constraint/requirement for validating european-style date formatting. Very few authors using this have been notified. "US Date" is still available to match typical date formats.
  • Forms: "required" marker on forms in new brand mode is now aligned correctly
  • Find and Replace tool (in site admin toolbar): Did not search in directory entry components, but now does.
  • Fat Footer: Divider component in fat footer in new brand mode is now dotted, not dashed.
  • Slidedeck: Horizontal: Fixed slidedeck margin top on home page in new brand.
  • Key tasks: Fixed key tasks top margin on home page in new brand.
  • Body Text: Body text used in right column is now correct font size in new brand.
  • Title: Heading 4 is now correct size in right column in new brand.
  • Launches: Navigation and breadcrumbs now displays correctly in newly created launches.
  • Header: Added <label> to search input for improved accessibility.


  • PHeader (new brand only): Social buttons are now displayed in the RWD menu. Title links are now displayed in RWD. All header styles (gray, white) are now blue in the new brand header. The "Skip to Content" link is re-styled in the new brand.
  • Footer: The "Fat Footer Container" has been renamed "Footer" in the sidekick, and in new brand mode now automatically includes a simple footer below the fat footer. Existing sites have been adjusted to keep consistent with the old behavior.
  • Profiles: Profile images are now square, plus other minor display adjustments and fixes have been made.
  • Breadcrumbs (new brand only): Breadcrumbs were constrained to a single line but now wrap as needed.
  • Image gallery (new brand only): In RWD, the image gallery was always a fixed height, now its height depends on the screen width of the device (fixed aspect ratio).
  • Column Control (new brand only): Content moved to the left to fill in empty columns but now stays in place even if columns are empty.
  • Google XML site map: Checking "Hide in Google XML site map" in page properties did not work, but now hides the page (and children) in the XML site map.
  • YouTube Video: The "Full Screen" button was disabled while playing videos in most browsers, but is now enabled.
  • Key Tasks (new brand only): Spacing has been added above the key tasks component.
  • SlideDeck: Horizontal (new brand only): Spacing has been added above the SlideDeck: Horizontal component.
  • Footer: Links in the copyright section of the footer are now underlined, making them clearer and more accessible.
  • Red "Required" label on form fields was misaligned and is now fixed.
  • Page Layout (new brand only): When changing the screen from wide to narrow items in the left column in some cases would move to the bottom of the page (correct RWD behavior), but would then move back to the right column when the page width was expanded. These items now move back to the left column correctly.
  • Audio Player (new brand only): The audio player component is re-styled for the new brand.
  • Accessibility: The page's <html> tag now has a lang="en" attribute to identify English language content.
  • Accessibility: "alt" and "title" attributes have been added to YouTube video components
  • Flex Module (new brand only): In some list styles when used in a Flex Module in the left column, a strange background pattern was showing that has now been removed.
  • Intro Text (new brand only): Links were not wrapping correctly (display: inline-block) but have been fixed.
  • Title (new brand only): Spacing has been added above "Heading 4" style titles.



  • Profiles: improved display in list and profile views


  • UB Alert header: adjusted for new brand.
  • SlideDeck: Vertical: adjusted for new brand. 
  • Fix for task nav in mobile menu crowding together in new brand.
  • Fix for left flex module title and related links underline on hover color not matching text color in new brand.
  • Fix for call-to-action with no link not showing any text in new brand.
  • Allow "-" in formstack domain names.
  • Fix for top nav hover animation in safari in new brand.

NB. From 6:20 AM to 6:54 AM, requests for non-cached published Web pages received a "502" or "503" error page.



  • New Brand (pilots only): adjustments to profiles and profile report.
  • Authenticated Published Pages: This is a partial fix for “-pw” pages broken since November. Also, after this change, short user and group names can be used in the page properties box “Authenticated Published Pages” list of users and groups.


  • New Brand (pilots only): a few fixes to the new brand look and feel.
  • New Brand (pilots only): the old tabs component now works again in the new brand. The look is updated to match the new tabs. There is a warning when in author mode to upgrade to the new tabs component. The old tabs will remain available in the new brand mode until all profile migrations are complete.
  • Profiles: There is a new profile report available for users of the new profile shared content system.


  • New Brand (pilots only): many fixes and features for new brand look and feel and profiles.
  • New Brand (pilots only): The separate "New" Slidedeck: Horizontal component for new brand is no longer necessary; the normal Slidedeck: Horizontal will adjust its display to the new one when in new brand mode. Any use of the "new" slidedeck since it was created last week will not be disrupted.
  • Column Control: Two new "experimental" layouts are available in 9-column pages (e.g. Two Column - Wide on Right) and shared content. These layouts are experimental because they use non-standard widths and not all components have been tested with them.
  • Shared Content Reference: A bug was preventing the same content from being included in different reference components twice on the same page. This has been fixed.


  • New Brand (pilots only): fixes and features for new brand look and feel and profiles.
  • Social Button component: wordpress, instagram, snapchat and pinterest are now available (new and old brand).


  • New Brand (pilots only): more progress implementing the new brand will be visible in preview mode, including header buttons, social link icons, key tasks, new horizontal slidedeck, and new fonts.



  • New Brand (pilots only): more progress implementing the new brand will be visible in preview mode, including more header options, completion of audience nav and search in top nav, and updates to the full width carousel, normal carousel, and collapsible grid.


  • New Brand (pilots only): more progress implementing the new brand will be visible in preview mode, including buttons, shared content, print styles, and RWD (mobile). Many things are still not finished, such as info for/about/search/buttons in the header and top nav, full-width carousel, slidedecks, key tasks, and collapsible grid.


  • Dynamic List: using a malformed path like “/content//shared” as the list path caused problems on the server. This is now fixed.
  • DAM Assets: assets with multiple pages or slides were triggering thumbnails to be generated on every page, in some cases overwhelming the server. This has been disabled. One thumbnail per asset is still created.
  • New Brand (pilots only): many more components are implemented and adjusted in the new brand preview mode, including navigation, text, teasers and callouts. Many things are still in progress (buttons, top nav elements, slideshows, RWD and more).



  • Move pages tool: The 'Republish' column of the Move page tool is now unchecked by default. Authors are advised to only re-publish pages they are sure are safe to re-publish (i.e. do not have unfinished changes in progress). More communication on this will follow.
  • Code in several places has been adjusted to more carefully close repository session (i.e. database connections). This is not expected to have any noticeable changes, but should end the problems necessitating weekly restarts and thus occasional backed-up activation queue statuses.


  • Tabs and Key Tasks components: These components were in testing and are now fully released and available under the “More Components” section of the sidekick.
  • Photo component: The alt text field in the dialog box will no longer allow only whitespace (spaces, returns) as valid alt text. If your image does not need alt text please check the box confirming this.
  • Tabs component: added reference editor link (“Go to source of…”) and fixed bug when switching tabs on a host page.
  • Slideshow: Alt tags are provided in more cases.
  • DAM admin metadata editor: A field has been added specifically for alt text for images. This is currently used as the alt text in the Photo Slideshow (or the title is used if this is blank). This may be used in more cases in the future.