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Development Update, October 17, 2010

Recent functionality and interface updates include:

• Implemented a new “multimenu_text” data format in the Inform module that facilitates gathering multiple data elements in response to a single question, using a format similar to the following:

Multimenu_text data input format

• Upgraded the Statistics menu available to Admin users to optionally display tables providing a listing of total daily registrations, submissions, and review completions.  This enables a more precise indication of relevant trends.

• Added the ability to configure a “maximum” and/or “minimim” value for numeric and currency fields.  Users that provide a number that lies outside the range will be notified of that fact via a popup alert.

• Further enhanced the existing capability of the system to support “conditionality” based on segmentation criteria.  This features enables various questions / data inputs to be flagged as “conditional”, to be displayed only to proposals matching a specified segmentation criterion.  This functionality is useful in situations where it is desireable to customize the data inputs, or the wording of questions, based on whether a proposal fits into a specific category.

• Continued the process of migrating online instructions to a WordPress platform, which enables Admin users to directly edit and maintain online instructions provided to users and reviewers. To support this required configuring the WordPress platform to support both http and https protocols, since some browsers display security warnings when a web page contains both encrypted content, whereas other browsers will not support iframes where the source is https on a different domain

• Fixed issue on registration which under certain circumstances caused an exception for browser locales other than English or French

• Fixed an issue where the Proposal Status page was generating an exception in cases where a Part had not yet been created

• Upgraded the Benchmark Support platform to make automated email responses bilingual

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Development Update, October 3, 2010

Added the ability to display a customized “Login Alert”  on the Introduction page that appears immediately after login.

Login alert

The content of the login alerts is under the direct control of admins.  This functionality could be useful, for instance, to notify users to a change in a submission deadline or other general conditions of a competition.

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Development Update, September 25, 2010

Implemented various interface and functionality improvements, including:

• Added proactive warning if proposal registration not completed

• Added Status page to enable applicants to check the status of all parts in a multi-part proposal, as well as confirm final submission status

• Added timeout warnings on all popups to reduce “unexpected events” notices being generating when loading pages that throw an error on timeout

• Added automating numbering for all questions / data inputs in a proposal

• Fixed issue on modifying Inform data inputs caused by adding a question in the underlying content file that was not previously there

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Development Update, September 14, 2010

Discovered that some versions of Internet Explorer were prone to generating login exceptions, apparently due to cached cookies.  Introduced new code to invalidate session cookies on logout, which forces the browser to generate a new one on login.

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Development Update, September 5, 2010

Implemented additional interface and functionality improvements, including:

• updates to the filter mechanisms to support new question types:  the filters enable admins to selectively view proposals or reviewer matching specific criteria

• added a swtich in service properties to enable displaying all proposals or only eligible proposals in the review management menu

• various improvements made in dashboards that are made available to various categories of specialized users, such as procurement officials who need limited “read” access to monitor progress of a competition

• updated the statistics menu

• major update to email functionality in Admin Utilities to provide admins with more options for emailing all or selected applicants, reviewers, or program stakeholders

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