Changes to Template Files for BuddyPress 2.7

Several improvements to BuddyPress template files are introduced when we release BuddyPress 2.7.0 on October 19 (there will be a Release Candidate 2 on October 12). These include upgrades for accessibility, markup, and template refactoring.

Please remember to test/update your plugins, themes, and sites before the stable release. This is also a friendly reminder that BuddyPress 2.7 will require at least WordPress 4.2.

Following are the changesets for respective files to guide you in your updates. At the bottom of this post, there are links to other views of the file revisions for this dev cycle.

This post will be updated as needed.

Changesets

Reference point: buddypress/bp-templates/bp-legacy/

The following give you an overview of the revisions to individual files. Please note that changesets with accompanying trac ticket numbers, e.g. (See #5757), require that you upgrade installations to at least BP 2.7 RC1 or trunk in order to test the new features.

Activity

buddypress/activity/single/home.php
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/activity/comment.php
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)

buddypress/activity/index.php
* a11y: Add navigation landmarks. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset 1, Changeset 2)

Blogs

buddypress/blogs/create.php
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/blogs/index.php
* Refactor search form for the Sites Directory screen. (Changeset) (See #6844)
* a11y: Add navigation landmarks. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

bp-blogs/bp-blogs-template.php *** Do not change core file. Noted here for possible styling adjustments.
* a11y: Group radio buttons within a fieldset on the Site > Create screen for multisite installations. (Changeset)

Legacy Forums

buddypress/forums/index.php
* Refactor search form for the Forums Directory Screen. (Changeset) (See #6844)
* a11y: Add navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

Groups

buddypress/groups/single/admin/group-settings.php – New file after splitting up groups/single/admin.php in (#7079)
* Show available group types. (Changeset) (See #7210)

buddypress/groups/single/admin/manage-members.php – New file after splitting up groups/single/admin.php in (#7079)
* Change structure, content, and message of member list plus add pagination controls. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset 1, Changeset 2)

buddypress/groups/single/forum/edit.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/forum/topic.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/activity.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/admin.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/admin.php in BP 2.6, now in buddypress/groups/single/admin/manage-members.php for BP 2.7 in (#7079).
* a11y: Bump headings from h4 to h3 for the Groups > Manage > Members screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/admin.php in BP 2.6, now in buddypress/groups/single/admin/group-settings.php for BP 2.7 in (#7079)
* a11y: Group two sets of radio buttons within fieldsets for the Groups > Manage > Settings screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/cover-image-header.php
* a11y: Bump headings for Group Admins and Mods from h4 to h2 for the header template used if group cover image is enabled. (Changeset)
* Show group type in group header under cover image if enabled. (Changeset) (See #7210)
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/forum.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/group-header.php
* a11y: Bump headings for Group Admins and Mods from h4 to h2 for the header template file used if group cover images are disabled. (Changeset)
* Show group type in group header if enabled. (Changesets: 1, 2, 3) (See #7210)
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/home.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/invites-loop.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h4 to h3 for the Group > Send Invites screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/members.php
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)

buddypress/groups/single/request-membership.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/single/send-invites.php
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/create.php
* a11y: Group two sets of radio buttons within fieldsets for the Groups > Create – Step 2. (Changeset)
* Show a list of group types for selection during group creation. (Changeset) (See #7210)
* a11y: Remove navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add headings for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/groups-loop.php
* New template tag to show group directory message. (Changeset) (See #7210)
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/groups/index.php
* Refactor search form for the Groups Directory Screen. (Changeset) (See #6844)
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmarks. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

Members

buddypress/members/single/friends/requests.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/groups/invites.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/messages/compose.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/messages/messages-loop.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/messages/single.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h3 to h2 for the single message screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/notifications/read.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/notifications/unread.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/profile/change-avatar.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h4 to h2 for the Profile > Change Avatar screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/profile/change-cover-image.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h4 to h2 for the Profile > Change Cover Image screen. (Changeset)
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/profile/edit.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h4 to h2 for the Profile > Edit screen. (Changeset)
* Add navigation role for profile field group links. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/profile/profile-loop.php
* a11y: Bump heading from h4 to h2 for Profile > View screen. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/settings/general.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/settings/notifications.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/settings/profile.php
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/activity.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmarks. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/blogs.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/cover-image-header.php
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)

buddypress/members/single/forums.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/friends.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/groups.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/home.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/member-header.php
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/messages.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/notifications.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/plugins.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/profile.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/single/settings.php
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/activate.php
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/index.php
* Refactor search directory in the Members Directory Screen. (Changeset) (See #6844)
* a11y: Clarify navigation landmark. (Changeset)
* a11y: Add heading for screen reader users. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/members-loop.php
* Add data-livestamp attribute. (Changeset) (See #5757)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress/members/register.php
* a11y: Bump headings for sections from h4 to h2 of Registration page. (Changeset)
* a11y: Group radio buttons with a fieldset for multisite installations. (Changeset)
* a11y: Alert screen reader users about new messages. (Changeset)

buddypress-functions.php

buddypress/buddypress-functions.php
* Add search form for Groups > Manage Members screen. (Changeset) (See #6385)
* Renders the group ID hidden input on group admin screens. (Changeset) (See #7079)
* Use new groups_get_group() syntax throughout BP. (Changeset) (See #5451)
* Group join/leave buttons should have group-button class after AJAX request.(Changeset) (See #7229)

CSS

buddypress/css/*
* a11y: Update contrast ratios to meet WCAG 2 AA standards
~ twentysixteen – (.css) (-rtl.css) (.scss)
~ twentyfifteen – (.css) (-rtl.css) (.scss)
~ twentyfourteen – (.css) (-rtl.css) (.scss)
~ twentythirteen – (.css) (-rtl.css) (.scss)
~ twentytwelve – (.css) (-rtl.css) (.scss)
~ buddypress – (.css) (.css) (-rtl.css) (-rtl.css)

JavaScript

buddypress/js/buddypress.js
* Don’t allow a Favorite click when AJAX request is in progress. (Changeset)
* Fix AJAX search after directory form template refactoring. (Changeset)

Additional References

BP Codex – Template Changes for BP 2.7

BP Trac – Complete changeset for bp-legacy/buddypress since BP 2.6.2
(Updated 10/19/2016)

#5451, #6385, #6844, #7079, #7210, #7229