Forum OpenACS Development: OpenACS 5.5
Is there a plan to include the layout manager in the 5.5 release (note: I am not talking about it as a replacement for .LRN). I think the question is more, will the layout manager be ready for production use in 5.5 or only later.
The layout manager won't be part of core, of course, but will work with 5.5. An earlier version has already been used by me to build a production site, MGH is about to use it for a project, and I'll be using it to build one or two production sites this fall. At the moment I've only rewritten a handful of .LRN portlets to work with the new scheme (this consists primarily of 1) simplifying the portlet code and 2) fixing bugs and dependencies in packages like calendar which to my great annoyance have include scripts that only work within the package itself or (sigh) .LRN).
Emmanuelle Raffenne is working on a more thorough proposal to break it out into a theme manager practice, and also include things I ignored like paths to directories including icons, named CSS for including high contrast or other custom versions, etc.
The difficulty here will lie to a large extent in not making it break existing customized sites, or at least making upgrading simple.