What’s New in LiveWhale 2.8.2

This patch release includes bug fixes around widget and slideshow formatting, event accordions, and more.

Behavior adjustments

  • When a previously-cached widget template is moved or deleted, LiveWhale now falls back to the cached version and logs an error for the missing template.


  • Fixed an issue where slideshow galleries could sometimes improperly wrap content when rendering.
  • Fixed an issue where occasionally the widget variable in format_widget would be moved on save depending on the HTML around it.
  • Fixed an issue where widgets wouldn’t support results going inside an HTML select dropdown, and restored the ability to override format_widget on the public submission form location and tags selectors.
  • Fixed an issue with the file widget that could cause certain kinds of GET vars to be truncated when including via URL.
  • Improved the exclude_duplicates widget setting to behave more accurately when individual widgets are expired, added, or removed from a group of exclude_duplicates widgets on a page.
  • Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause events to not display when navigating into the past in the frontend calendar.
  • Fixed an issue where accordions inserted into an event wouldn’t always function properly for logged-out users.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause webp images to be generated that were too large in file size.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a JS error when a public submission form contained a form element with no action attribute.
  • LiveWhale CMS/Storyteller (Issues Feature)
    • Apostrophes and colons are now allowed in Issue names.
    • Adjusted the issues manager to offer separate links to the live issue and the preview that includes hidden content.
    • Fixed an issue where an Issues details page could not utilize XPHP vars for custom fields.
    • Added support for the details_share variable (save and share links) on Issue details pages.
  • LiveWhale CMS Only
    • Fixed an issue where customized form submission notification emails could not use individual variables for submitted data.

Developer options

  • Added a list of available XPHP variables in the current request to the LiveWhale debug view.


  • Upgraded npm json5 and http-cache-semantics submodules to resolve security vulnerabilities.

February 24, 2023

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