Hey all,

I am proud to announce the first beta release of Semantic MediaWiki 1.7.

This beta release is meant to give you a chance to test 1.7 and try out the new features. You should not run it on production wikis.

I'd like to thank all the people that contributed to this release, without you this release would not have been possible :)

== What's new ==

* Added native "internal objects" that can be set using #setobject.
* Added support for selecting a default graph when using RDF stores,
  configuration called $smwgSparqlDefaultGraph
* Use of native MediaWiki sortable tables for the table formats.
* Added value distribution functionality that can be used by result formats.
* Added validation and manipulation of the format paremeter using Validator.
* Added 'class' parameter to the 'table' format, which allows setting the CSS
* Added automatically-generated CSS classes for rows and cells in 'table' format.
* Added alpha version of native SMW Ask API with modules 'ask' and 'askargs'.
* Added setting to choose which optional special properties are enabled ($smwgPageSpecialProperties).
* Added creation date special property (disabled by default) (bug 32165).
* Added support for altitudes in geographic coordinates (bug 32698).
* Added definitions for missing params (sort, order, searchlabel) to the base query printer.
* Added automatic invocation of the SMW_setup maintenance script when running
  update.php (for MW >= 1.17).
* Added support for the Page Schemas extension.

== Compatibility changes ==

* Dropped compatibility with MediaWiki 1.15.x (and earlier).
* Dropped compatibility with old-style (SMW < 1.6) query printers.
  This means that older versions of extensions that add result formats,
  such as Semantic Result Formats, will no longer work with SMW 1.7.
  More recent versions will of course work properly.

== Bug fixes ==

This release comes with a load of bug fixes, of which some are listed below:

* Fixed separator and filename parameters for the DSV format.
* Fixed display of properties of type URL (bug 30912).
* Fixed hide query functionality on Special:Ask (bug 30768).
* Fixed display of internal SMW helper constants in certain queries (bug 30969).
* Fixed some issues with the category result format (including bug 30761).
* Fixed email validation issue (bug 32295).
* Fixed incorrect handling of sort and order parameters on Special:Ask (bug 32706).

== Download ==

You can get this beta release from

* SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/semediawiki/files/semediawiki/Semantic%20MediaWiki%201.7%20beta%201/SemanticMediaWiki1.7beta1.zip/download
* SVN: http://svn.wikimedia.org/svnroot/mediawiki/tags/extensions/SemanticMediaWiki/REL_1_7beta1/

== Installation / Upgrading ==

You can install or upgrade as usual. You will need to run the table update script via Special:SMWAdmin or update.php (which will run maintenance/SMW_setup.php). This maintenance script will now only work on MW >= 1.17. If you are still on 1.16.x, you can use maintenance/SMW_setup_1.16.php.

Further instructions and documentation will be placed on the SMW wiki later on.

== Testing and reporting issues ==

If you find any issues with this beta release, please report them on bugzilla ( https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/ ) under extensions/SemanticMediaWiki, or here on the list (bugzilla is preferred), so they can be addressed before the actual release.

Jeroen De Dauw
Don't panic. Don't be evil.