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Code sprint to improve User experience for Drupal 7 - 22nd & 23rd of August at The Economist, London
The thought came up a couple days ago, during the conversation with Robert Castelo.
We could use our office space in Holborn, Central London. We can have 2 days on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of August.
Let's focus on improving the user experience on Drupal.
There's no agenda yet.
Your thoughts are welcome!Read more
This Wiki page summarizes the UI needs for the D7 Field API, to get the ball rolling on design discussions.
Discussion currently takes place in the comments here - or is there any other place more in line with D7UX habits ?
A good UI for D7 Field API remains to be invented - esp. when considering a couple new features compared to CCK D6.Read more
Currently in Administer>>User Settings you can customize various aspects of user registration, but not, as far as I can see, what the user sees when editing their account information. This would be helpful. Also, depending on the site configuration, there can be a lot of stuff between the top of the page and the "Save" button. Might be nice to have reminders for the user to click "save" when making changes.Read more
Many Drupal sites run by non-profits also use CiviCRM. Many of those have memberships in the organizations managed by CiviCRM. When a user visits a site of a membership organization that uses CiviCRM and goes to the "My Account" page, s/he will see "Member for x years and x months".
I think Drupal should not use the word "member" on this page. This "membership" will likely bear no relation to the user's membership in the organization and is confusing.
I think future Drupal releases should replace the word "member for" with "registered website user for" to be as clear as possible.Read more
As for most of our sites we want to turn revisions on for all content types, a module (or D7 core patch) to do this from somewhere with a single switch (or checkboxes for all content types in one place) would be nice.
* Is there already a module that does this, hiding from my searches?
* Should other per-content-type workflow settings also be centralized?
* Where should centralized settings like this live in the administration menu?
Excuse the hyperbole, but...
I really think the biggest problem from a designer/developer/admin's perspective is:
Not enough module specificity. By which I meant that module's are not specific (ie small) enough.
I'll illustrate by way of example:
I built an online classified web site (www.bandbswapshop.com), and had some difficulties with one particular aspect. I wanted the admin to be able to create a user and a Classified Ad at the same time.
I have trouble finding icons sometimes for my designs. Thought this might be of help...Read more
Last updated by yoroy on Mon, 2011-08-01 22:47
This might be a Zen-theme specific issue, so forgive me if that is the case.
If I want to make the Primary Links block not appear, then I do so from the "Blocks" page. But to make the items in "Primary Links" not appear as tabs at the top of the page, then I do so from the in "Toggle Display" section of the the Administer-->Site Building-->Themes-->Configure page.Read more
The Drupal Design Camp Boston website is launched and we are getting ready for the June 13-14 event at MIT.
The attendee list is growing, and the sponsors are almost as excited as we are!
If you plan to attend, jump in at http://boston.design4drupal.org and sign up before it fills up completely.
Attendees can submit sessions, post to forums, join live chat on IRC, make small financial donations, and check out the latest News.
You can also follow us on twitter at D4DBoston.Read more
The sprint will be held at One Shoe http://www.oneshoe.nl/ in downtown utrecht which is one of the largest Drupal developing companies in holland. We have space for 20+ people in their nice and spacious office. Utrecht has lots of opportunities to go out in the evening, and with the Drupal Jam on Friday, this is bound to rock for all attendants.
Starting time will be at 10:00 in the morning on both days.
All people that care for UX are welcome. We can use: Graphic Designers, Coders, Copy Writers, Themers and CSS Ninjas
Confirmed Participants so far:Read more
Status: Implement multivariate testing API and analysis/dashboard improvements. (June 20 - August 8)
The Usability Testing Suite that I created during SoC 2008 needs additional work in order to make it ready for use. The existing module provides a powerful API that makes writing data collection plug-ins simple, but the user interface needs refinement and a screen recording plug-in would make the module much more helpful. Through this project I intend to finalize the Usability Testing Suite and make it ready for widespread use.
Additional Reading:Read more
There are many Drupal 7 core issues that are tagged as "Needs usability review". It would be awesome to try and keep an eye on this list and review UI changes that are going in to core/7, with the aim of trying not to degrade Drupal usability further with un-monitored changes, as we usually do in Drupal core. The most important ones to review are the ones that are in the review process, marked RTBC or recently committed.Read more
Vertical tabs are finally in Drupal core!
A week ago Angie "webchick" Byron committed a large patch from #323112 Vertical Tabs to Drupal 7 core. This change is quite possibly the most significant usability enhancement to Drupal 7 to date. Two of the three formal usability tests did usability testing with vertical tabs and reported positively.
UPDATE: See other issues about vertical tabs in Drupal core .
What is more interesting about this however, is the process, time and effort that it took to get this change into Drupal core. It all started over a year ago, well before DrupalCon Boston 2008 even before Drupal 6 had a stable release. The discussion around part of that patch goes back as far as November 2007! Along the way countless people have been involved in many discussions, worked on heaps of mockups, lots of prototypes, and loads of code.Read more
Drupal Design Camp Boston is a free, two-day Drupal conference on June 13-14, 2009, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is being organized by members of the Boston Drupal group as part of the growing Design 4 Drupal initiative that launched when designers and themers took DrupalCon DC by storm this past March.
This camp also coincides with the drupal.org redesign sprint at the MIT Media Lab on Friday, June 12. The sprint picks up where the San Francisco redesign sprint left off and participants at the Boston sprint will be learning how to contribute to theming drupal.org as well as implement the redesign.Read more
I have run into a limitation with the processing of menu items. If I enter a URL into the link, such as "about" (where I have a page with URL "about"), then the system replaces this with something like "node/8". That is problematic because I entered a logical reference and ended up with a physical reference (which is always inflexible design). So if I replace my about page later with a fresh one that has a different node number, then I have to go through all the menus looking for items that referenced about, and re-entering "about" or entering the new node number.Read more
Regarding the "Usability Group", how come in the Usability column on the right it's called "Create Discussion, when you create a new discussion it's called "Submit Discussion" and after you submit/create your discussion, it gets put in a column called "Recent Posts"?
This kind of stuff pisses me off and even worse, it pisses my dog off too!
I am very new to Drupal and maybe I just don't get it but
wouldn't it simplify the work flow putting a Take Site Offline
button and an Update Database button on the modules
page instead of having to
- go to the site maintenance page and take the site offline
- go to the modules page and select new modules
- type in the URL to Update the Database
- go back to the site maintenance page and put site back online
They could be nice AJAX windows that mask the background.