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Testing wmfilter.module

Submitted by admin on Sun, 01/02/2005 - 15:41

The wmfilter module for Drupal allows the use of syntax such as [google:omarzblog] to create links like: [google:omarzblog].

Or [dictionary:syntax] to look up the definition of [Dictionary:syntax]

Moreover, there are tons of other wiki based sites that have already been mapped out there (Interwiki Map). For the hell of it, I decide to try out all of them by using a simple text editor to create these 166 (mostly useless) links to search for "omarzblog"...

... on AbbeNormal >> [AbbeNormal:omarzblog] ingredients: CMS+RSS

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/23/2004 - 10:35

Content Management Systems (CMSs) help create identity, community and collaboration, and Rich Site Summary (RSS) automates and fosters communication within and between these identities and communities. If CMS-based websites are like silos of knowledge on specialised issues, RSS is like the wind that blows between them, cross-polinating all the ideas, people and communities along the way. Aaaaaahh... sounds to me.

Drupal Tip: navigation block for authenticated users only...

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/15/2004 - 12:45

The navigation box in Drupal contains a collection of links that are particularly useful for registered users. When surfing a Drupal site anonymously, there are fewer links and often, when building a web site that is NOT intended for the public to open accounts, the site adminitrators decide to only display this box for internal members team (administrators, editors, etc.). This thread on Drupal describes how to do this. Basically, it involves adding one line to the user_block funtion in the user.module file.

Open user.module in a simple text editor, find the string "user_block", scroll down to where is says "Case 1", and add... "if (!$user->uid) return;" before "if ($menu = theme('menu_tree'))". Save and upload the file.

Drupal Wishlist #2: SMS import/export for Drupal

Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/23/2004 - 15:30

Outside of North America people use SMS (short messaging service) like crazy! In many parts of the world this cell-phone based text-messaging system is the only one that's readily available. There's no question that there's a long list of real world applications just waiting to be developed based on importing and exporting SMS messages to and from cellphones and websites.

I think that Drupal is very well placed to take advantage of this opportunity as a result of both its increasing use in and among advocacy and community-building circles, and the modular nature of the code.

Drupal Wishlist #1: CreativeCommons liscensing integration into Drupal

Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/23/2004 - 11:15

The first item on my Drupal Wishlist is CreativeCommons licensing to be integrated directly into Drupal. Not only would this enable users to select and associate appropriate liscences for and to their works, these liscences would allow content producers to follow the propegation of their works across the internet as they get exported through RSS/XML feeds.

On another level, I have no doubt that this has huge potential to signicantly leverage the credibitily that Drupal has established as a powerful technical tool within advocacy and community building circles.


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