Wikitravel Shared:18 August 2006
 MediaWiki 1.7.1 Upgrade
I've done an upgrade of the MediaWiki upstream code from 1.6.8 to 1.7.1 (see Special:Version). Since MediaWiki has gone on a quarterly release cycle, most of the changes were bug fixes and security fixes.
On the local side, since all language versions of Wikitravel now use the Special:Allmessages format for customizing the user interface, I've stopped patching our local language file changes into the upstream language files. Since this rarely works automatically, it takes me about 4-8 hours of drudgery to copy and paste changes from one file to the other. Since there appears to be little effect, I'm getting out of the language-file-patching business.
As usual (and unrelated to the above), upstream language file changes may cause unexpected changes in the UI. Please use Special:Allmessages to fix them.
Finally, I've tested most of our custom code against the new version, but the difference between a testing and a production environment are more than we programmers are willing to admit to ourselves. If you see something weird or explosive, please list it on Wikitravel Shared:Technical requests. --Evan 11:58, 18 August 2006 (EDT)