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If we want to make it as easy as possible to edit the DITA documentation we need to make it easier and as fool proof as possible.
We previously implemented a WYSIWYG editor for RDFa in Drupal, which basically made it possible to add custom tags around selected text. The classic WYSIWYG editor however had a couple of downsides when used for this purpose:Limited set of markup that starts being unaccessible once there are more than 10 properties Intuitiveness of what is where in the RDFa subject predicate object model Difficulty to recognize the parent entity to which a property is being added Validation issues
We can make the WYSIWYG editor smarter so that it only let's you add valid markup and we can add a display that gives meta information about where you... Read more
For Drupalcon Copenhagen we are doing a special action for the early bird modulecraft donors. The first 50 donors that donate 30 or more EUR (pick any of the packages except the 10 EUR package) will receive a Mr Fivestar T-shirt on top of their normal reward. If you attend Drupalcon you'll be able to get your hands on part of your reward early. Just come to show me the confirmation of your order from the ubercart shop and I'll give you your T-shirt. If you are not attending, we'll send you your shirt together with the rest of your reward.
Donate here to get your shirt.
The following is a part of a first proposal for the specification of the Documentation system we want to build as part of the modulecraft project. It is by no means complete, and it strongly needs your feedback. This is our first encounter with DITA and our ideas should really be proof checked by technical writers that have extensive experience using DITA. The actual specification is being built as a wiki at groups.drupal.org. comments can be added here or you can edit the wiki directly any feedback will be incorporated into the wiki.Why DITA
Several people from the community have indicated DITA as the ideal architecture for a new redesigned Drupal documentation.
Darwin Information Type Architecture is an open XML standard curated by the Oasis consortium that was... Read more
Now that Drupal 7 is peeping around the corner, it's time to look back with pride at all the great websites we built collectively.
We all know tons of great sites that run on Drupal 6 but we not always know the members of our community that built them. With the "25 most awesome Drupal 6 sites awards" we want to shine a light on these little known facts and put details about the functionality that drives these projects and the names of the organizations or individuals that built them on a Drupal card.
Everyone is free to nominate as many sites as they want. To do so justUpload a screenshot Add a short explanation of who built the site and what is special about it Spread the news about your site's nomination and get people to vote on it
If your site(s) win, it... Read more
Fingerprint is part of ModuleCraft. A project we started to raise awareness and funds for a set of awesome Drupal tools for the community. If you haven't heard about it go check it out.
To show you that we have the determination and the knowledge to go trough with all our promises, we already started developing some of the tools. The first wave was the Cardgame, and now here's the second:
For some time now we have the ability to represent some of Drupal's settings in code with Features. As time goes by, more and more modules integrate the necessary hooks and get all the advantages of being exportable.
We saw in this the ideal tool to make a configuration dump for Drupal, a bit like the crash report with all the settings that you can get from most desktop software.... Read more
Tonight a tweet from Laura Scott lead me to a blogpost by Zack Rosen at Semantic Focus. From the first sentence it seemed a bit odd, it's been more than 12 years since Tim Berners-Lee started working on the Semantic Web and most if not all of the points that followed seemed outdated. Only at the end of the article in the comments it then turned out that this was actually an article from 2006 (later a notice was added).
Anyway, the article made me think about all the ways that Drupal is making the Semantic Web so much more attainable today.Most important of all perhaps is that Drupal is going to make a big dent into the RDF chicken and egg problem: Drupal 7 will come by default with RDFa marked-up output. For most people that start building a new site with Drupal 7, the... Read more
We really liked the concept of the Drupal card game pioneered by NodeOne. It is a great starting point for coaches to teach teams the value of collaboration. If you make an external reward system (e.g. winning team gets a bag of sweets) and you let teams play a couple of games, you can make a meta-game in which teams can experience the difference between different playing styles (and therefore the value of collaboration).
For the Donation+ fundraising we wanted to give something back to our donors that would speak to their Drupal geekpride and that would be fun. We talked with Rustan Håkansson, the developer of the Drupal card game, who warned us that it is difficult to fine tune the rules of a game and that it is especially hard to come up with a game that will... Read more
This week we launched modulecraft.com a fundraising tool that we want to use to raise interest, involvement and money for the development of a series of tools for Drupal professionals. Pure donation systems like chip-in have a pretty bad track record, but a donation/reward system has to our knowledge not yet been tried in the Drupal community. When you donate you will be contributing to the community AND getting something valuable in return.
We launched the platform with Documentation+, our first fundraising effort which primary aim is the development of a Documentation distro for Drupal.
For a couple of years now, people in the documentation team have been wanting to implement a DITA architecture for the documentation. DITA is an open standard managed that was... Read more
Last night I browsed 4chan as usual. Besides the usual Pedobears and Lolcats I found out that the Drupal.org server has been hacked, and someone made a torrent from all of those very expensive modules that are stored in the "contrib" repository.
This is a very serious issue, since the whole thing worth around $189.000 if you buy it in the shop...
Our only luck is that the very Sophisticated SecuROM copy-protection method was not hacked yet, so without it, you cannot install that version (some reports said that the "grep" hacker tool is able to circumvent the protection, but we cannot confirm that).
I'm posting this torrent, so you know you shouldn't download it:
Yesterday I saw this post with a video on the new P2 theme for Wordpress and how Automattic* is using that as a real time microblog like tool for status updates in their company. And it got me thinking...
For some time now we've been using Open Atrium in Pronovix for project management. But until today all of our real time communication takes place through Skype. At some point we tried to replace Skype with XMPP (because Skype didn't properly work on Linux) but once Skype worked again for all the colleagues Jabber got abandoned.
One of the reasons why we were interested in Jabber was to integrate activity updates into our communication tool (e.g. posting comment, case, commit messages). So that we would be able to have a discussion and have a bot post newly... Read more