Try new Dynamictasklist2 macro in the Fluid wiki?

Allison Bloodworth abloodworth at
Fri Jan 9 17:24:02 UTC 2009

Hi folks,

Since there weren't any objections, I activated the {dynamictasklist2}  
macro in the wiki. You can see it in action at: 

You can see more options for information you can assign to each task  
(e.g. priority and assigned to) by opening the disclosure triangle to  
the left of each task. You do need to use someone's confluence user ID  
when assigning them to a task, but you can use the search  
functionality next to the field to find it.

Erin and I did notice a bug in that task information can disappear  
momentarily if two people are editing the same task. However, if you  
simply refresh the page the task information should return (it was for  
us). I did just upgrade to a newer version of this macro so perhaps  
that problem will go away now. If you run into any major bugs with  
this macro, please let the list know.

I noticed a few other outdated  -- e.g. plugin repository, blogging,  
chart, content formatting, contributors, table, table of contents, web- 
dav, etc. -- Plug-ins in the Plugin Repository and upgraded them too,  
so you may see improved performance in other functionality as well.  
When we upgrade Confluence to a newer version, I will upgrade the  
{dynamictasklist2} macro further.


On Jan 7, 2009, at 9:02 AM, Justin wrote:

> I'd be happy to use an improved version of the task list. I find the  
> current one quite limiting at times.
>  - Justin
> On 7-Jan-09, at 11:45 AM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> Yesterday when Erin and I were creating a task list in Confluence ( 
>> ) to manage some finer grained tasks that we didn't want to put in  
>> JIRA. I noticed that on our list and Jacob's task list ( 
>> ) we are using an older version of the {dynamictasklist} macro,  
>> which unfortunately doesn't have the ability to assign people to  
>> tasks until they complete them (which is a feature we were looking  
>> for).
>> I found information on {dynamictasklist}-2 macro: 
>> , which we actually already have installed. To activate it, we need  
>> to disable the "Dynamic Task List Macros" (which is what is  
>> creating our dynamictasklists now) in the Confluence Plug-in as it  
>> is overriding {dynamictasklist}-2 right now. I tried this last  
>> night and things seemed to work OK, though I did notice a bug in  
>> the {dynamictasklist}-2 at one point (which Daphne & Eli didn't  
>> encounter) where an error message would come up that I couldn't  
>> clear, and ended up having to force-quit Firefox.
>> However, I think {dynamictasklist}-2 is worth trying as it has a  
>> ton of really great features, such as:
>> inline editing of task descriptions
>> ability to assign people to tasks before they complete them
>> drag and drop reordering of tasks
>> ability to assign priority to tasks
>> documentation of the date the task was created
>> ability to lock tasks
>> ability to sort tasks by the taskname, the assignee, the priority  
>> and completed date
>> "One of the benefits of Confluence Dynamic Tasklist 2 over previous  
>> task lists is that all data is stored in the page. Most people will  
>> find it easier to edit the tasklist using the web-interface, but if  
>> you want to edit or even create the tasklist directly, you can do  
>> so by editing the page itself. You can see an example of the  
>> tasklist wiki-markup below."
>> Finally, it is possible to go back and forth from the old  
>> {dynamictasklist} macro to the new one. From the new macro's info  
>> page:
>> "Confluence has shipped with older tasklist macros:  
>> {dynamictasklist1} and {tasklist}, This plugin is designed to  
>> replace those macros. In order for it to work, the older tasklist  
>> macros must be disabled. You can disable the older "Dynamic Plugin  
>> Macros" from the Plugin Manager (Administration -> Plugins). Once  
>> the older tasklists are disabled:
>>     * When someone views a page containing an older version of the  
>> tasklist, the display will show the new format but the page will  
>> not be updated.
>>     * On first edit of the tasklist from the UI, the data will be  
>> converted to the new format.
>> The data in the old format is not harmed. Should you wish to revert  
>> to the older macro, you must 1) renable the old macros, and 2)  
>> revert any page that has been automatically modified (that is, any  
>> page containing a tasklist that has been modified) to the earlier  
>> version."
>> What do folks think--would it be OK to give they new  
>> dynamictasklist2 macro a try and see how it works for us?
>> Cheers,
>> Allison
>> Allison Bloodworth
>> Senior User Interaction Designer
>> Educational Technology Services
>> University of California, Berkeley
>> (415) 377-8243
>> abloodworth at
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Allison Bloodworth
Senior User Interaction Designer
Educational Technology Services
University of California, Berkeley
(415) 377-8243
abloodworth at

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