Version 2.4 (August 2018)

Release Notes tell you what’s new in Academic. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can also file a bug report. Want to update to this version? Refer to the update guide in conjunction with the parameter changes mentioned in the Breaking Changes section below.

See what’s new in Academic!

Welcome to the second August 2018 release of Academic. There are a number of updates in this version that we hope you will like, including:

Breaking changes

Here are some considerations to make when updating Academic from the previous version, v2.3.0:

  • View changes to config.toml - scroll down to the changes for the exampleSite/config.toml file
  • Download to your content/home/ if you wish to enable the new search feature
  • disable_sri parameter has been deprecated
  • Setting highlight_languages is now only supported in config.toml and not on a per page basis

Content Pages

  • Allow a summary to be specified for widget pages (except for the home page which uses the role parameter) (#611)
    • Enable summary = "your page summary" to be set in a widget page’s
    • This metadata will then be used to enrich SEO, social sharing, and Academic’s search engine.
  • Add support for tags containing spaces
  • Fix tag colors when using the dark theme
  • Fix case of highlight style not loading, causing code syntax to be incorrectly highlighted (#614)


  • Add Search widget
  • Add Carousel widget (#622)
  • About widget: Fix avatar sometimes not showing in Hugo v0.45+
  • Talk widget: Add exclude_selected option to front matter of talks widget to hide selected talks (#623)
    • Useful if you are using both the selected talks widget and the recent talks widget


  • Attempt to load local copy of third party JS/CSS assets if available (#489)
    • Allows to create an entirely offline site
    • To use, concatenate vendor JS to static/js/vendor/main.min.js, concatenate vendor CSS to static/css/vendor/main.min.css, and add fonts to static/fonts/
  • Theme version is now stored at themes/academic/data/academic.toml for those who do not use Git to track Academic’s version - this is useful when updating the theme
  • disable_sri parameter has been deprecated


  • Fix example site (deleted content/tag/ folder which was causing Hugo to exit with an error)
  • Metadata: If set, use the summary parameter in content front matter for the description when a user shares a page on social media
  • Setting highlight_languages is now only supported in config.toml and not on a per page basis
  • Exclude all widgets from the sitemap, including those on widget pages other than the home page (#613)
  • Add support for Hugo v0.45

Thank you

Last but certainly not least, a big Thank You to all the folks that helped to make Academic even better.

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