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jhodgdon's picture

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):

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.

Aki Tendo's picture

Static Page Loading - the ultimate cache cause look ma, no PHP!

For a few years I worked for some time trying to setup my own CMS system to handle smaller scale tasks than what Drupal, or even Wordpress is targeted at. While I've moved on after conceding defeat a the enormity of the task (and never really having enough time for it around paying work) there is one concept from it that I feel is ripe from exploration - using a static cache. Not what Drupal does now might you, but a true static cache.

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zfactor's picture

QUESTION: Why aren't fields independent of entities?


I am not sure if this is the proper place to post this question, so please direct me to the correct group if this is not.

I am curious why fields in Drupal cannot be created through the UI without first creating some entity (i.e. a node)? I have seen the ability to do this in other content management systems, which make it easier to setup a content model where fields are being shared across content types. Not saying that is the best way to architect a CMS, but it seems to be a common feature of other systems that also allow for structured content models.

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LewisNyman's picture

Seven Style Guide update

A few months ago in February we proposed a style guide for the Seven theme, we are now well underway. This is a recap and look ahead.

The objectives of the Style Guide are:

  • Identify Drupal core values that we can use to determine the look & feel for the Seven theme.
  • Unify the visual language in Seven and ensure the overall look-and-feel supports the core values.
  • Identify the visual and UI patterns used by Drupal core so that they form a conscious, shared language for us to built upon.
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jenlampton's picture

Twig Sprint (online)

2013-03-22 13:00 - 17:00 America/Los_Angeles
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Come help us convert Drupal 8's theme engine to Twig!

We're nearing the home stretch of Round 1 of the Twig conversion, and it's time to get all hands on deck! If you can create patches, test patches, review patches, convert PHPTemplate to twig, improve documentation, or help us clean up the theme system (there's plenty of non-twig-related work too!) then please, meet us online from 1-5pm on Friday, March 22nd

podarok's picture

Drupal long-term advanced training program - stage 1

2013-09-06 (All day) - 2013-09-07 (All day) Europe/Kiev
Event type: 
Training (free or commercial)

9 sessions - one (2-3 days) per month

Course program



  • Introuduction session (group still opened) (2 days)
  • (group still opened) (2-3 days)
  • Drupal Code of Conduct, Code Style, Core gates + module creation (this and others groups closed) (2-3 days)
  • Core (Release) + module creation (2-3 days)
  • Theming(release) + module creation (2-3 days)
  • Drupal Core (HEAD) + VCS (git..) + code review + core patches + increase learning curve (2-3 days)
  • Contrib + Server + Security (2-3 days)
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    fago's picture

    EntityNG and Typed Data IRC meeting

    2013-01-24 17:00 - 18:00 UTC
    Event type: 
    User group meeting

    Next EntityNG and typed data API IRC meeting.

    Join #drupal-entity on freenode!

    axel.rutz's picture

    A small but important fix to our dataflow

    This is the story about a small but imho important issue i want to expose to some people's eyes before D8 doors close.
    It's about dataflow and the data providers i talk about are the info hooks. Maybe they will die some day but apparently not in D8.
    Think of hook_entity_info(), hook_field_info(), hook_hook_info(), even incognito ones like hook_menu() or hook_permission().
    (It's a good idea to change them to a common naming scheme but that's another story.)

    The problem

    So what's wrong with info hooks? Nothing. They are asked, they provide info. That's their job.

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    swentel's picture

    Drupal 8 Core sprint during BADCamp in Europe, Gent, Belgium

    2012-11-01 09:00 - 2012-11-04 18:00 Europe/Brussels
    Event type: 
    User group meeting

    We are holding a Drupal Core Sprint from the 1st - 4th November in Gent, Belgium. This is during the same days that BADCamp takes place in San Francisco.

    The meeting place for the tour tomorrow is around 10 at 'Het zuid' in Gent (Woodrow Wilson square)

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    tsvenson's picture

    Use overlay/modal when adding/editing and then returning to same page

    A saw EclipseCG's session at DrupalCon Munich where he demonstrated the great improvement work he has done to Blocks and Layout for D8. I am really looking forward to be able to start experimenting with that.

    However, the demo also showed a typical case for where we can greatly improve the usability, and UX feedback for site builders when, as in this demo, adding a new block from the library.

    As it works today:

    1 - Click the "Add block..." link
    2 - The library page replaces the page
    3 - Pick a block and you get to a third page

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    tsvenson's picture

    Hard to do site builder usability testing

    The work being done by Bojhan and others in this group, as well as within the Spark and other initiatives is simply amazing. It will undoubtedly lead to better UX and usability for especially those that will work with content.

    As a site builder I am very eager to be able to get more involved in this work. Personally I am most interested in helping to test the usability and UX when constructing these editing interfaces, and provide feedback on that. Especially since it is those interfaces I as a site builder will be using the most in my work.

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    LewisNyman's picture

    Designing Drupal's Mobile Navigation and Beyond

    The short story

    Come and help us perfect and implement the hot new mobile interface design in Drupal 8. Try the prototype on your phone. Also, go to the issue queue.

    The long story

    Over the past six months we've been working on designing the experience of getting to where you want within Drupal's admin interface.

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    donquixote's picture

    The future of procedural and hooks: Namespaces? Pure OOP?

    while the conversion of OOP code to PSR-0 for D8 is making progress, the original requests for namespaces were all about procedural and hooks:

    There have been arguments by the PSR-0 people that this would be a too difficult design task.

    There have been other arguments that it is not worth the trouble, and we should rather move our procedural code to OOP. Imo this is certainly a possibility, but a lot of questions about this are not answered or even discussed.

    Possible directions

    So, what is the future of procedural and hooks?


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    jenlampton's picture

    Twin Cities Drupal Camp - D8 Theme Sprint

    2012-05-20 10:00 - 17:00 America/Chicago
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    There's a great event called DrupalCamp Twin Cities going on May 18-19, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Since the event is one of my favorites, I've signed up to attend and also will be organizing a Drupal 8 Theme Layer sprint on Sunday, May 20th (as well as during the camp of course!). The specific times and location are still TBD but plan on an approximately 10 AM to 5 PM sprint.


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    Noyz's picture

    Information architecture redo

    I want to get serious about redoing the information architecture of Drupal. To be frank, it's a problem. Users don't know what's structure and whats content. Neither do we. I see developers all the time asking where their modules belong.

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    Call for prototypers

    If you have development chops, designers and other contributors of this community need your help bringing designs to life.

    Allow me to paint a picture of the need and skills required...

    The task of creating content has been redesigned (, and has reached a point of consensus. At this point, the design really needs to interactive to flush out how all of the various interactions will work (or don't). Additionally, once made interactive, we validate the direction by testing the prototype with end users.

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    Proposal: Loosen rules regarding patches that may be backported during a stable release (7.x+)

    It's great when we get newly injected energy into usability efforts in Drupal, as happened with the Drupal Usability Study at Google last week. However, these patches always run aground of various "freezes" we put in place in the stable release of Drupal:

    API freeze
    Don't commit patches that break backwards API compatibility within a stable release, for the benefit of contributed module and theme authors.
    String freeze
    Don't change any user-facing text (e.g. anything in a t() function), for the benefit of translation teams.
    UI freeze
    Don't commit patches that affect the user interface, for the benefit of the documentation team, as well as to not invalidate tutorials, screencasts, books, etc.
    Feature freeze
    Don't commit patches that add new features; stick only to bug fixes. Additional functionality gets added in contrib.

    As far as I can tell, these guidelines are not actually written down anywhere, but simply passed down word-of-mouth from core generation to core generation. I want to do two things in this thread:

    1) Create documentation around these guidelines.
    2) Propose that we change these guidelines to make them looser and allow more classes of patches to be backported, particularly minor UI tweaks and string improvements.

    Here's a proposal (co-developed by Dries, Moshe, Alex, and I), with the items in bold being ones that we propose to change, the rest being documented to the best of my current understanding. My hope is that this can both help is iterate faster on the core product, and also provide additional incentive for people helping with Drupal 8 core development, as there'd be a chance of them seeing their changes in a version of Drupal sooner than 18+ months away.

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    LewisNyman's picture

    The Progression of the Drupal Mobile HTML Prototype

    The aim of the Drupal Mobile HTML prototype is to demonstrate the look, feel and thinking behind the design for Drupal’s Mobile Admin interface. It is purely for demonstrative purposes.
    This document references the D8MUX Roadmap and everything in that post also applies here.

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    Jeff Burnz's picture

    Design Initiative IRC Meetups

    2011-12-19 20:00 - 21:00 Europe/Stockholm
    Event type: 
    Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

    Please join us for our 1st bi-weekly meeting to discuss issues and progress related to the Drupal 8 Design initiative. The meeting will be held in #drupal-design in IRC.

    PST: 11:00 AM
    EST: 2:00 PM
    UK: 7:00 PM
    CET: 8:00 PM

    Making learnability a priority in Drupal.

    Drupal is growing up, and with its maturity comes a complexity that is making it harder and harder to learn. We have initiatives that focus on making the user interfaces easier to use, but we have not been paying attention to how improvements to core have affected new contributors, and their ability to learn how to code for Drupal. This wiki is be a place where we can track and discuss how to keep Drupal coding easy to learn.

    (This idea comes out of the Engineering for the 80% talk given at Drupal Camp Colorado, and the Bay Area Drupal Camp in 2011.)

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