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UT Drupal Kit 3.11.0/3.11.1 Release

NOTE: Due to a regression introduced in the 3.11.0 release, the 3.11.1 bugfix release was created prior to the 3.11.0 release announcement.

This serves as the release announcement for both 3.11.0 and 3.11.1. For details about the 3.11.1 bugfix, please see the release notes.

UT Drupal Kit 3.11.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

In addition to the usual mix of bugfixes and visual improvements, there are several notable changes in this release including the update to PHP 8 as the default version of PHP for sites hosted on Pantheon, the update to CKEditor 5, and the addition of an Instagram feed component.

This release also continues to pave the way for the planned update to Drupal 10 in the next scheduled maintenance release. Please see below for a special note about base themes and an action item for site owners using a custom theme that is NOT a subtheme of Forty Acres.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

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Changes in CKEditor 5

The UT Drupal Kit 3.11 release introduces a completely new version of the rich text editor bundled with Drupal, CKEditor.

CKEditor 5 is a complete rewrite from version 4, redesigned from scratch for a more usable and modern editing experience, as well as a more robust and customizable technical architecture. An overview of the changes in CKEditor 5 is available from the CKEditor help center.

This change should be completely transparent to the end users visiting sites powered by the UT Drupal Kit. For content editors, there are a few changes to both the appearance and functionality of the editor in CKEditor 5 that should be easy to navigate.

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UT Drupal Kit’s Roadmap to Drupal 10

See February 2023 Update – UT Drupal Kit’s Roadmap to Drupal 10 for updates to this post.

Summary (TL;DR)

  • Drupal 10 is scheduled to be released in December 2022.
  • Rollout of Drupal 10 to the UT Drupal Kit will be a gradual process over the course of the next four scheduled maintenance releases.
  • Owners of customized UTDK sites have specific responsibilities to ensure that their sites will be ready for the final transition to Drupal 10.
  • Work on these tasks should start immediately.

(This post includes discussion of the Drupal project’s release cycle and version numbers. For more information, see “Drupal core release cycle: major, minor, and patch releases.”)

Drupal 10 is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2022, with a simultaneous release of Drupal 9.5 as the long-term support (LTS) version of Drupal 9. The end of security support for Drupal 9 is scheduled for November 2023.

As it was with the update from Drupal 8 to 9, the UT Drupal Kit will include the Drupal 10 update as part of a standard maintenance release. But due to the large scope of changes involved in Drupal 10, we plan to make the journey from Drupal 9 to 10 through a series of steps spread over six months, to allow site owners sufficient time to prepare.

Here is an overview of the high-level roadmap through the eventual update to Drupal 10, followed by more detailed discussion of each step.

Date UTDK version Planned change
November 2022 3.9.0 Update Drupal Core to 9.4
January 2023 3.10.0 Update Drupal Core to 9.5
March 2023 3.11.0 Update CKEditor to version 5
May 2023 3.12.0 Update Drupal Core to 10.x