News, Updates & Thoughts

Required Alt Text for Images in Drupal

Drupal 7 gives us the option to include an 'alt text' for each image field. The alt text is used by screen readers or when the image file isn't available. For some organizations with lots of authors, it's hard to get everyone actually using this alt text field. So, sometimes you want to make it required.

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Join us for Hands-on Training at DrupalCon Austin

DrupalCon Austin promises to be a great event! The North American DrupalCon is always the biggest Drupal event of the year, which means a lot of content to absorb, people to meet, and ideas to share.

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DrupalCamp NYC at the United Nations - Recap and Photos

This year's DrupalCamp NYC was held at the United Nations. The camp was crammed with summits and useful sessions and included a lot of content about Drupal 8.

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Exposing Your Clipboard Over SSH

I frequently administer remote servers over SSH, and need to copy data to my clipboard. If the text I want to copy all fits on one screen, then I simply select it with my mouse and press CMD-C, which asks relies on my terminal emulator (xterm2) to throw it to the clipboard.

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Drupal - Web Experience Toolkit Webinar Recording

On December 3rd, we hosted a webinar about the Drupal - Web Experience Toolkit distribution, a version of Drupal that is used by many Government of Canada departments and organizations that require a bilingual, accessible website powered by a content management system. The webinar includes an overview of the features and components that make up the distribution. It also covers how to go about customizing the distribution.

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Upgrading to Entity Translation in Drupal 7

If you have a Drupal 7 multilingual website, you've probably heard about the Entity Translation module, a module that allows you to translate fields in Drupal, instead of translating nodes. This means that instead of creating a node, taxonomy term, and user for each language on your site, you can create a single entity and translate the fields on it. The Entity Translation module includes a submodule that helps you upgrade to this new translation method.

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Making Drupal Websites "Retina Ready"

If you've used a device with a Retina display to browse the web or develop a website, you might have noticed that some of the images look a little fuzzy. Retina devices require images that have twice the number of pixels to appear normally on the screen. This is a bit of a pain for front-end developers. It means that if you want to display a 100x100 image on a website, you also need a 200x200 version of that image retina devices, and then you need to scale it down to size when it's displayed.

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Drupal - Web Experience Toolkit Webinar on December 3rd

On December 3rd, we're hosting a free webinar about the Drupal - Web Experience Toolkit distribution. Distributions of Drupal are versions of Drupal that come with a bunch of extra configuration and modules already in place. In the case of the Drupal - Web Experience Toolkit, this is a version of Drupal that is bilingual by default, it comes with a responsive theme that implements the Government of Canada look and feel, and it has lots of extra tools for content authoring and publishing workflow.

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