2. Preview and user experience
Drupal 8 User Experience
Previewing Drupal 8
Work on the next major release of Drupal is well under way and new features have been set. Drupal user is asking what goodies Drupal 8 will bring? Seven major core initiatives have been identified:
Views in core - The most significant enhancement is pulling the popular (many would say, essential) add-on module that allows users to query and display content from the database without having to write SQL into core Drupal.
Support for HTML5 - Drupal's default doctype will switch from XHTML to HTML5; input filters, functions and forms will all accept HTML5 elements.
Configuration management - This initiative is about making site configuration versionable and manageable through code and generally “improving the deployment process for Drupal,” as Moshe Weitzman, longtime Drupalist and current Director of Research and Development at Acquia told me.
Web services - This should result in improving Drupal’s ability to deliver non-HTML output formats, such as XML and JSON, based on REST-style architecture using Symfony components.
Layouts – This initiative is focussed on cleaning up and standardizing the methods for creating output and placing content on a page; it will lead to things like context-aware blocks and allow for nested layouts.
Mobile – With the explosion of tablets and smartphones, this initiative is focusing on making admin screens more usable on mobile devices, via native app integration, HTML5, and responsive design.
Multilingual – Some of the key tools and modules currently used to build multilingual sites will be pulled into core and the interface design will be improved to make it easier to build and support multilingual sites.
3. Release date.
Updated Drupal 8 release schedule
Release Candidate to Release
We release a first Release Candidate when nearly all critical bugs and tasks are fixed, and a Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 upgrade path is functional. We aim to do this at least two months (around July, 2013) before the scheduled release date (around September, 2013).
In addition see: http://www.itworld.com/it-management/32 ... g-drupal-8
In conjunction with this new phase, Buytaert also announced last week that the Drupal 8 Code Freeze has also been pushed out from February 1 to July 1, 2013. The official release date for Drupal 8 has not been given, but given that it was originally scheduled for August 2013 (six months after the original Code Freeze date), it will now presumably be pushed out to January 2014. For most folks, then, Drupal 8 won’t be a consideration until well into 2014.