Help system

This group should probably have more organizers. See documentation on this recommendation.

This group is intended to discuss possible improvements to Drupal's Help system, and collaboratively write the documentation(as help topics) for Drupal 7. Feel free to post feature request or initiate a discussion regarding help mechanism in other web software. But the best is to contribute to the documentation task!! :) Ongoing help system issue is over there.

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D8 User Manual proposal

There's a new proposal to create a coherent, internationalized Drupal 8 User Manual, which Joe Shindelar (eojthebrave) discussed at DrupalCon Los Angeles recently. Because we want comments on the proposal, it's posted in the Documentation group (the Core group doesn't allow comments):
https://groups.drupal.org/node/470648

I thought some other groups might be interested, so I'm posting this quick note to let you know. Follow the link for all the details and discussions.

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Documentation Sprint Dev Days Szeged

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2014-03-27 (All day) - 2014-03-29 (All day) UTC
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Sprint

The documentation sprint takes places during the Szeged Drupal Developer Days

We want to focus on the different Multilingual issues.

We need people to check the existing help texts to see what functionality and wording has changed and where necessary rewrite them, as well as writing new texts for new modules and functionalities. We also need people to manually test the texts.

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Core Conversations on documentation at DrupalCon?

Hey all -

DrupalCon Chicago's Core Conversation proposals need to be in by next Friday. Jennifer (jhodgdon) and I have been pondering whether and what might make a good topic or two to pitch.

Please post with ideas and whether you'd be interested in attending a docs focused session, it'll help us gear our proposal towards something everyone will be interested in!

Thanks!

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Specification for our dream (DITA) documentation tool

In February LeeHunter posted his wish list of features for "an awesome technical communication CMS". I've copied his list and processed the comments in the discussion and some of my own, and added our current status implementing these features and ideas of how any missing features could be implemented in the near future.

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A DITA documentation distribution for Drupal

Introduction

A couple of weeks ago we launched Modulecraft an awareness & fund-raising project that aims to rally Drupal professionals around a shared effort to create the ultimate toolset for Drupal business. The first fundraising round has as goal the development of a documentation distribution for Drupal that uses a similar approach as the localization server and that enables a distributed/federated documentation architecture for the Drupal project. As a Drupal user you'll be able to get a set of documentation from the drupal.org docs server imported into your own site. You will than be able to edit it and build subsets of the documentation for your own projects. You'll also be able to submit topics that were edited or created by you on your own infrastructure and add them as suggestions to the Drupal documentation server.

The following is 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. It also contains some proposes a somewhat exotic usage of RDFa, feedback is also very much needed here. In the coming days I'll be adding new sections to the specification here. This is a wiki so be bold! You can add comments either here or at the original posts on the Pronovix blog. I'll be incorporating feedback into this wiki.

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GSoC 2010 proposal: Development of technical communication capabilities

This wiki page is an outgrowth of this discussion. Its purpose is to give us a place to collaborate on the creation of a proposal for Google Summer of Code 2010. Please leave all new feedback here.

We're aiming to put together a proposal that looks something like this. This means we need

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Why this project is needed

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Building an awesome technical communication CMS

In the not too distant future - perhaps soon after D7 work is finished - the Drupal handbooks will move to their own site within Drupal.org and hopefully the doc folks will then have much more control over their tools and templates. While it's very exciting to think that we'll finally be able to address some of our challenges - just adding Views would be amazing - I've been thinking that there's an opportunity here to do something that is WAY more awesome. Something that could return huge dividends to the Drupal docs.

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Drupalversity

There's now a Drupalversity-specific group at http://groups.drupal.org/drupalversity. This wiki page has been copied to http://groups.drupal.org/node/49778 - please edit it there.


This page will contain a few trial Drupalversity courses.

Streams

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Use About or Introduction

As I was adding help pages I noticed that the ones that had already been added were titled About Modulename. I was titling mine Introduction. So 2 questions:

  1. What's better About or Introduction?
  2. I had removed the module name from the title because it will automatically be within the module group. Should we keep the module name or should it go?
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Introduction

The user module allows users to register, login, and log out. Users benefit from being able to sign on because it associates content they create with their account and allows various permissions to be set for their roles. The user module supports user roles which establish fine grained permissions allowing each role to do only what the administrator wants them to. Each user is assigned to one or more roles. By default there are two roles anonymous - a user who has not logged in, and authenticated a user who has signed up and who has been authorized.

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Introduction

The Trigger module provides the ability to trigger actions upon system events, such as when new content is added or when a user logs in.

The combination of actions and triggers can perform many useful tasks, such as e-mailing an administrator if a user account is deleted, or automatically unpublishing comments that contain certain words. By default, there are five "contexts" of events (Comments, Content, Cron, Taxonomy, and Users), but more may be added by additional modules.

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Introduction

The upload module allows users to upload files to the site. The ability to upload files is important for members of a community who want to share work. It is also useful to administrators who want to keep uploaded files connected to posts.

Users with the upload files permission can upload attachments to posts. Uploads may be enabled for specific content types on the content types settings page. Each user role can be customized to limit or control the file size of uploads, or the maximum dimension of image files.

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Introduction

The Update status module periodically checks for new versions of your site's software (including contributed modules and themes), and alerts you to available updates.

The report of available updates will alert you when new releases are available for download. You may configure options for update checking frequency and notifications at the Update status module settings page.

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The tracker module displays the most recently added or updated content on your site, and provides user-level tracking to follow the contributions of particular authors.

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Introduction

The taxonomy module allows you to categorize content using various systems of classification. Free-tagging vocabularies are created by users on the fly when they submit posts (as commonly found in blogs and social bookmarking applications). Controlled vocabularies allow for administrator-defined short lists of terms as well as complex hierarchies with multiple relationships between different terms. These methods can be applied to different content types and combined together to create a powerful and flexible method of classifying and presenting your content.

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Introduction

The syslog module enables Drupal to send messages to the operating system's logging facility.

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Introduction

The statistics module keeps track of numerous site usage statistics, including the number of times, and from where, each of your posts is viewed. These statistics are useful in determining how users are interacting with each other and with your site, and are required for the display of some Drupal blocks.

The statistics module provides:

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Introduction

The SimpleTest module is a framework for running automated unit tests in Drupal. It can be used to verify a working state of Drupal before and after any code changes, or as a means for developers to write and execute tests for their modules.

Visit Administer >> Site building >> SimpleTest to display a list of available tests. For comprehensive testing, select all tests, or individually select tests for more targeted testing. Note that it might take several minutes for all tests to complete.)

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Introduction

The search module adds the ability to search for content by keywords. Search is often the only practical way to find content on a large site, and is useful for finding both users and posts.

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Introduction

The profile module allows custom fields (such as country, full name, or age) to be defined and displayed in the My Account section. This permits users of a site to share more information about themselves, and can help community-based sites organize users around specific information.

The following types of fields can be added to a user profile:

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