Adelle Frank Drupal, genealogy, accessibility, and religion archives geek in Atlanta, Georgia

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ReMIX South 2012 - Twitter highlights

conference logo Unable to attend ReMix South in Atlanta (October 19-20, 2012), but find twitter streams a bit overwhelming, lacking in context, or chronologically confusing?

Your solution: a re-organized, select set of tweets for each of the sessions. Please post comments if I've missed (or completely mis-categorized) any particularly good tweets!

How to send email notifications for comments in Drupal 7 with actions & triggers (or the Rules module)

Rules module logo Do you have a Drupal 7 web site? Do you want to get an email when someone comments, so you don't have to check your site all the time? Don't panic! Here's how you do it.

You don't need to install any new modules to do this in Drupal 7. All that's needed is a little configuring and to copy and paste in a short bit of code.

Update: Both the easiest & most powerful way to get these notification emails (in Drupal 6 or 7) is to install and configure the Rules Module. NodeOne has a great set of video tutorials on their site explaining how to use the Rules module. I've also put example code for a Rules-based email notification in the comments to this post for both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7

Web Design with the Brain in Mind

attention symbolDo you have to design a web site, but you have no graphic design training? Are you a designer, but need evidence-based research to justify your design decisions?  If either of these apply to you, I've got a poster and paper that will help.

Updated: new book recommendation!

How to publish your university catalog and class schedules online using the Cascade Server CMS

faculty bio sketchOver the last 2 years, Emory College has used Cascade Server to publish our academic catalog and semester class schedules to the web. Learn the trials, tribulations, and successes we've encountered along the way with data definitions, indexing, and web services.

Updates: Latest versions of Faculty bio code in August. Notes on further indexing-related changes and print-version styles explained via comment in April. Data definitions and stylesheets in February.

Twitter highlights of THATCamp Southeast 2011

conference logo Were you unable to attend THATCamp SE 2011 in Atlanta (March 4-6)? Find twitter streams a bit overwhelming, lacking in context, or chronologically confusing?

Here is your solution: a re-organized, select set of relevant and/or funny tweets for each of the sessions. Please post comments if I've missed (or completely mis-categorized) any particularly good tweets! There's even a list at the bottom of this post of tweets that I couldn't place (your help is welcome!)

I'll also post links to people's notes, blogs and slides.

How to use & install the Bluefish Text Editor on Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Review)

Bluefish and Windows logoInstead of scouring the internet for hours, as I did, just follow a few simple instructions and you'll be up and running in just a few minutes with the Bluefish Editor on Windows (assuming you have a fast download speed).

I decided to spend a few more minutes evaluating Bluefish from the perspective of a web developer, since I'd already spent two hours figuring out how to install it.

Conclusion: it's okay for a free text editor, but I'm sticking with my affordable and more powerful text editor, OxygenXML.

Twitter highlights of the 2010 Web Directions USA conference

conference logoWere you unable to attend Web Directions USA 2010 in Atlanta (September 23-24)? Find twitter streams a bit overwhelming, lacking in context, or chronologically confusing?

UPDATED: with the latest slides and links from presentations.

Here is your solution: a re-organized, select set of relevant and/or funny tweets for each of the talks given. Please post comments if I've missed any particularly good tweets!

I'll also be posting a few notes, as well as links to the slides and podcasts of these talks when they go live on the Web Directions site. Another blogger has also written more detailed reflections on the sessions he attended.

How to start an ordered list at a specific number in XHTML

W3C LogoTo my horror, XHTML deprecated the start attribute for numbered (ordered) lists, the one that allowed us to start the list at a specific numerical value (other than 1).  Well, scream no more: here's how to do this simple task in XHTML, with a few, short lines of code.

Introduction to Web Development #2 - the many flavors of HTML

stop sign - fun ahead

I know, you thought that there was only plain HTML, like just plain Chinese. But, no, just as Chinese has a number of dialects, so does HTML.

Hold on to your hat and get ready to traverse the maze of HTML dialects, with a stop for fun along the way!

Introduction to Web Development #1 - How you should REALLY get started

laptop and chefHow is the web like dining at a French restaurant? The difference between design and structure. What languages are "spoken" on the web? How REAL web developers learn to code. 

All of these topics are covered in this first installment of my Introduction to Web Development series.