In these Icecat release notes, we discuss the results of sprint 109. The main highlights of this Icecat release are that we completed the roll-out of near real-time XML, added three Latin-American locales and a reviews score in brand rank pages, and included Intel embedded specs in more categories. The previous Icecat Release Notes are here
We finished the roll-out of near Real-Time (nRT) XML. All XML users receive now nRT XML. We started the project in December last year. The main advantages of nRT are more timely syndication of product data and more flexibility regarding providing custom XML services.
Chilean Spanish, Peruvian Spanish and Colombian Spanish are now available in Icecat XML, JSON, and on icecat.biz as three new Latin-American locales. The advantage is that country-specific messaging for these locales can be supported now.
We apply a new widget to display a brand’s average review score based on the tens of thousands of product reviews from our reviews aggregator Testseek.com. See for example the average brand review score of HP: https://icecat.biz/en/brand-statistics/hp
The calculation is straightforward: the total of scores per each product / total number of products with a score.
Another change on the brand rank page is that we removed the “International” locale from the “By country” graph legend calculation. As a result, the blue shades provide better differentiation between countries.
A new function for the editorial team is that they can add local specs via the import-export-tool. Before, they could only add the international spec value. To use this feature, a specific locale should be specified in the header of an upload matrix.
We have the possibility to add a brand name to a product family, even when it is duplicating the official brand name associated with a product.For instance, if the Brand is “HP”, and the product’s Family is “Omen by HP”, the auto-generated product Title will start with “HP Omen by HP…”.Our default brand de-duplication logic removes the second “HP” string from the title unless the new check box “Disable brand name deduplication” is activated. Therefore, from now on, we leave it to the brand owner to decide if a duplicated brand name in a product title makes sense or not.
On behalf of Intel, we embed its spec values in products with “Intel Inside”. In this new release, we expanded the number of categories for which this is relevant. Here is the updated list:
We added the deactivation of local product images if it is the same as an international (INT) image, which is not expired and still visible. In summary, we updated image gallery management policies regarding duplicates as follows:
In our editorial PIM, we added a drop-down with the possibility to select products that have a URL and products with an empty Status field.
We fixed a few font office bugs in this Icecat release as well.
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