Try new Dynamictasklist2 macro in the Fluid wiki?

Eli Cochran eli at
Fri Jan 9 19:35:18 UTC 2009

I have a concern with this feature. When Allison, Daphne and I were  
playing around with it a couple of days ago, it appeared that it was  
very easy to delete a task by a slip of the mouse. I haven't had time  
to look into it further and it maybe that the features are worth the  

And again, I played with it for all of 2 minutes so I may be mistaken.

- Eli

On Jan 9, 2009, at 11:16 AM, Justin wrote:

> Hello, I have updated the 
>  page to use the new version of the task list macro. I am noticing  
> that you sometimes have to refresh the page a couple of times before  
> the most recent set of tasklists is displayed.
>  A handy feature that I have noticed is that you can drag a task  
> from one list to another.
> - Justin
> On 9-Jan-09, at 12:24 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> Since there weren't any objections, I activated the  
>> {dynamictasklist2} macro in the wiki. You can see it in action at: 
>>  and 
>> +Tasks.
>> 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 I did just upgrade to a newer version of this macro so  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 I noticed a few other outdated  -- e.g. plugin repository,  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.
>> Cheers,
>> Allison
>> 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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Eli Cochran
user interaction developer
ETS, UC Berkeley

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