Release Notes

October 2017 – released Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.5 (rev. 171010)

Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA) enables parallel work streams (content, creative design, UX, coding) to not only reduce the time required to produce a website, but also improve the quality by allowing all contributors to validate each other's contributions. SXA provides reusable user experience layouts and components that are fully integrated into the Sitecore editing experience.

New feature/improvements

Description Customer ticket ID (or other) TFS no.
You can apply the presentation, styles, data sources, and rendering variants from a chosen site to the other sites within a tenant. 6154
The UX of the Component styling field has been improved to facilitate easier selection of CSS classes.​ 6923
The Delegated areas feature lets you share pages between multiple content trees through automatic content change and publishing operations​ pushing. 8565
The Wireframe theme has been updated to take advantage of the functionality and maintainability of the Basic 2 theme.​
The scope of the Layout and Style Experience buttons' has been extended to include component behavior fields​. 8355
You can now use environment-dependent site definitions to display sites differently on different servers.​ 8910
The Creative Exchange has been extended for easier management of a large number of styles. A cleanup script has also been added to the Content Editor context menu to automatically organize imported classes into folders. 7948
Support has been added for Sitecore 9.0​​. 7958
You can refine your Page List queries by using Rules Engine rules to filter the results​.​ 7961
The new multi-root tree list field type supports multi-site content. 8263
The Delete Tenant and Delete Site scripts in the Content Editor context menu allow you to easily remove those SXA entities, and their associated assets and templates.​ 8492
This release adds support for the Sitecore Forms 9.0 module. 8621
The Content Editor contains a new theme with a context menu script. This has been automatically added to the site's available compatible themes.​ 8657
SXA can now utilize the SwitchOnRebuild indexing providers by default. 8671, 8831
The Pagination functionality now works with the Event List and File List components​​. 8923
The $name value in a field is now treated as an empty value by the rendering variant that renders the field. This improves field handling after you have created the content. 9264
There is a new custom search index for the SXA Search functionality​. 9265
You can configure the Creative Exchange to ignore defined custom CSS classes within a configuration file.​ 9368

Breaking changes

Description Customer ticket ID (or other) TFS no.
Support for Sitecore 8.1 has been removed​. 7960
Version 8.1 is no longer supported and SXA now uses the 8.2 dependency injector functionality. The old pipeline has been deprecated and will be removed in a future version. 7990

Resolved issues

The following issues have been fixed:

Description Customer ticket ID (or other) TFS no.
The Layout Service JSON output contains all the available fields. 8059
The Sitemap generates with the incorrect priorities​.​ 487190 7929
Creative Exchange should not import the maintenance sxa-ce-exported class back​. 7968
SXA stopped referencing the Microsoft.CodeDom.Providers.DotNetCompilerPlatform.dll file, so projects now utilize the latest version without further conflicts.​ 8063
The Browser title is HTML-encoded 487867 8246
The Language Selector does not respect the languageLocation attribute of the LinkProvider​. 487996 8306
Toolbox is empty if there were no available placeholders on the page. 488569 8349
The Cannot modify cookies error is shown when an MVC Form component is added to a page​. 488557 8350
Using the word "form" in a Partial Design name results in an inability to add components to it​. 488558 8378
A problem with the IFrame component​​​ has been fixed. 8489
Every theme is exported if the Basic2 theme is selected as the site theme 491970 8502
SVG images are broken when the Wireframe theme is selected​​. 489233 8533
Enabling the grid lines preview prevents field editing on components from Partial Design if they are embedded in a Row Splitter. 8624
Search does not show any results if a site is viewed from a domain that doesn't match the site definition.​ 8638
The Description field is absent from the Video rendering​. 8766
SXA Controller renderings are now identified by their full Type name. This prevents name collisions with 3rd party components and solutions. 8827
Creative Exchange may experience problems importing rendering data into languages other than the default​ language. 8848
Creative Exchange can display an error when it reads links with non-web protocols, for example from an email or a mobile device. 490592 8855
Placeholder settings can not be applied to dynamic placeholders inside components, for example in Splitter components. 8864
SXA's compatibility with EXM 3.5+​ has been restored. 8889
SXA sites may cause exceptions in Sitecore and client applications​​. 489215 8925
The incorrect language could be displayed for an item when exporting and importing from Creative Exchange.​ 491220 9142
The Media Library folder of a website is copied twice when cloning the site within an Azure hosted environment​. 9238
The Creative Exchange site import may sometimes result in a Value cannot be null error​. 491253, 492294 9318
Creative Exchange would not import the ID attribute of the body tag.​ 9404
An error may appear when rendering the Twitter component​. 9419
The Content crawler can go into an infinite loop when indexing pages with circular references within page renderings​. 9457
The Layout Service has been updated to version 2.0​. 8414