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  • ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit - How to Report Issues

    Now that we, DevExpress, have started to maintain the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, the question about support needs to be addressed.

    Open Source

    The ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit is and will remain Open Source Software (OSS). It will not become a DevExpress product, and so we will not provide support through our usual support channels. After all, those channels are for customers who have paid for their product subscriptions and the support is provided as part of that.

    So, like most open-source projects, the support for the AJAX Control Toolkit will be a community-driven effort. We'd like to encourage you to get involved with the project and provide feedback, pull requests, possible fixes, etc.

    Report Issues

    We accept that not everyone will be able to debug and analyze and fix bugs, so there must be a way for interested developers to report issues. To do so, please register or sign-in to GitHub and create an issue ticket using this link:

    ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit - Issues

    Create an issue

    Features/Fixes/Improvements

    This list of issues will also become the major source of suggestions that our team will use to help improve the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. For suggestions, we will be updating the status of such items on this list.

    You can download the latest release here:

    ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

    Click the download button above and the get the latest bits.

    Learn about latest release here.

    We hope that, as users of the AJAX Control Toolkit, you will participate in this community-driven effort to help drive the Toolkit forward. Thanks!


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  • Time to drop IE7 support in v15.1?

    In the next major release of DevExpress (v15.1), we are going to drop support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).

    Here's why...

    Legacy browsers like IE7 are a headache for web developers to support. This includes control and framework developers like DevExpress. The older browsers prevent us from moving forward.

    We have a lot of code that supports IE7 and IE7 only, be that code HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or C#. Dropping support for IE7 means that we no longer have to carry that code forward and we no longer have to provide support for that browser version in the new controls and features we will be releasing this year.

    And there are other reasons to drop IE7 now...

    Less than 1% Usage

    Worldwide usage of IE7 is less than 1%.

    For less than 1 in 100 browsers, providing support is no longer cost-effective, whether that is DevExpress maintaining support for its range of older and newer controls, or you as developer of a web application.




    How long will Microsoft support IE7?

    ZDNet reports that Microsoft is about to drastically limit which IE versions it will support in its operating systems. In essence, only the latest browser version for a given OS version:

    Starting January 12, 2016, Microsoft is changing its list of supported Windows configurations. Effective that date, the company said in an announcement today, “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” - Ed Bott, ZDNet

    Feedback

    I would love to hear your feedback on this decision. How will this affect you?

    Are you still supporting IE7? If you still have to for the indefinite future, you can use v14.2 of our ASP.NET controls, but my advice is to move forward. Once IE security updates are no longer available, your risk window will start to expand.

    Leave me a comment below or email me directly: mharry@devexpress.com

    Thanks!


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  • ASP.NET - Create Full-width Submenu (like devexpress.com - v14.2)

    With the v14.2 release, you can now create a menu that behaves like the one at devexpress.com:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Web Menu - Full Width Browser

    This slick new feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET Menu control is called 'full-width submenu'. And yes, the feature was inspired by the devexpress.com main menu.

    Benefits

    A full-width menu can be very useful and provides benefits like:

    1. A large popover (overlay) menu that spans the whole browser width. Great way to get the user's attention.
    2. The full-width spans to different browser sizes.
    3. It's great for menus that have many options.

    ASP.NET & MVC

    The new full-width submenu feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET Menu control is available for both ASP.NET WebForms and MVC.

    Semantic Markup

    Another great feature of the DevExpress ASP.NET Menu is that uses semantic lightweight markup! I described in an earlier post about our menu control providing semantic markup. And the great thing is that you don't even need to use the 'RenderMode' property anymore.

    The DevExpress ASP.NET Menu control provides semantic markup by default.

    Try Online Demo

    DEMO - ASP.NET Menu - Full-width Submenu


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