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January 2016

WCMS update for December 2016

In this issue:

  • Refined brand implementation
  • WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017
  • Join the UW Web Slack

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for December 9, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: more advent calendars with the Web Advent Calendar and UXmas (link no longer available); a look at how access to the web varies worldwide; the Firebug extension isn't being developed or maintained any longer; and Eric Meyer's thoughts on when you can use CSS grid.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for December 2, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: a global Drupal UX sprint is happening on December 9th; the flexbox cheatsheet cheatsheet; how @supports will change your life; a visual guide to the most popular CSS properties; how to improve documentation by automating spelling and grammar checks (link no longer available); information on using the Internet Explorer implementation of CSS grid layout (based on the 2011 spec); some experiments with colour fonts; some articles on interview questions for developers, both as an interviewer and an interviewee; and advent calendars 24 ways and Advent of Code.

WCMS update for November 2016

In this issue:

  • WCMS single page sites - available now!
  • WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017
  • New! UW Web Slack
  • Co-op student training for the winter term
  • WCMS developer drop-in labs

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for November 18, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: on Saturday, there is an online Drupal 8 conference; an update on Drupal 8 core initiatives; an introduction to "monkey testing" using gremlins.js; an emoji guide for Git commit messages; how the classic "snake" game for the PHP command line was done; CSS-Tricks on the "box-decoration-break" property; colour web fonts from Adobe; browser-native "copy to clipboard"; and this week's web development reading list from Smashing Magazine, which, amongst other things, points out that Firefox 50 is out and Firefox 51 (link no longer available) is in beta (and will block improperly-served JavaScript), that you can use "update-insecure-requests" in a content security policy to avoid "mixed content" warnings, and how print stylesheets are important.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for November 11, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: we reviewed the plan for media management in Drupal 8; took the HTML quiz (what was your score?); looked at the winners of the 10K Apart contest; started unfolding critical CSS; noted the "ask me anything" about CSS grid layout; got unstuck on position: sticky; dusted off a form linter; started to understand PHP generators; found out about the ultimate list of developer podcasts; and saw the power of the rgba() colour function in CSS.

WCMS update for October 2016

In this issue:

  • Switch to the new responsive design!
  • NEW! WCMS Developer Drop-in Labs
  • Lynda.com IST-WCMS playlist

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for October 7, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 7.51 was released (as was Drupal 8.2.0); as part of the drupal.org redesign, there's a new landing page for Drupal's coding standards; Drupalcon Dublin led to Drupal Snakes and Ladders; 9 underutilized features in CSS; a redesign with CSS shapes (link no longer available); articles, links and tools from An Event Apart Orlando; what's new in Safari 10; and finally, a look at web font optimization.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for September 30, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: the next European DrupalCon will be in Vienna; a drag and drop upload module; Drupal's "angry themer" mortendk has started working on premium Drupal themes, the first of which is a Drupal 8 admin theme; a history of Drupal; the transformation of Drupal 8 for continuous innovation; Drupal code standards: the t() function; twelve fancy Chrome DevTools tips; and finally, CSS mask transitions.

WCMS update for September 2016

In this issue:

  • Co-op student resources
  • Site managers: time to review permissions
  • WCMS responsive websites are being upgraded to 2.1.0
  • Switch to the new responsive design!

  • WCMS courses are now responsive

  • NEW! Lynda.com IST-WCMS playlist

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for September 2, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: upcoming changes to drupal.org's front page; Drupal's documentation overhaul; the Slack to Drupal module to put images posted to a specific Slack channel into Drupal; a Lullabot article on CasperJS, mentioned in last week's Web Dev Rev; Blisk, a web browser for web developers, that shows mobile and desktop side by side; using feature queries in CSS; an incomplete list of mistakes in the design of CSS from the CSS Working Group wiki; the problems you can encounter when you want to type a number into a form; and Pantsuit: the Hillary Clinton UI pattern library.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 26, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.2 beta brings "an outside-in experience"; changes and ongoing proposals to Drupal's coding standards; some thoughts on creating a new core Drupal theme from the creator of the current theme, Bartik; learning how to write tests for Drupal; Drupal Global Training Days are next weekend; the Embed Responsively site gives responsive embed code for a number of sources (handy for non-WCMS projects or adding support to the WCMS); a repo to help you master the command line; Atom's guide to contributing suggests using Emoji to categorize Git commits; how modular content works; the 10k Apart 10kb web site contest; and finally, the CSS Layout News newsletter (link no longer available).

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 19, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: making web accessibility great again, an accessibility audit of the US presidential candidates' websites; designing news products with empathy follows up on some themes we saw in a previous Web Dev Rev; the UX bear provides a way to chat - with a bear - about user experience; and finally, following up on the animation theme from another past Web Dev Rev, Disney's practical guide to path tracing.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 12, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: an article about creating landing pages with Drupal 8 and Paragraphs describes a very similar thing to what we are doing in Drupal 7 for single page sites; a guide to "ludicrously fast page loads"; an older A List Apart article about creating intrinsic rations for video; a responsive web design podcast; notes on the CSS ::selection pseudo element, used to change text that has been selected; and finally, 5 free QA webtools.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 5, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: groups like the Drupal Usability team use Slack to communicate, and they anyone can join the Drupal Slack (there are lots of channels on lots of Drupal topics); there's a module for Drupal to allow chatting in Slack with site visitors; the ChromeLens extension that lets you use Chrome to see what a colourblind user would see; the Web Developer toolbar was recently updated - apparently it was very broken; a cheat sheet for photo and image sizes on social media; and Microsoft Edge's HTML engine is being updated in the Windows 10 anniversary update, and it now gets a score of 100% in  HTML5Accessibility’s browser benchmark.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 15, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week's Web Dev Rev notes are as follows: additional information about the Drupal 7.50 release was posted on Drupal.org; critical security updates for 3 contrib modules were released (we updated nearly immediately, and if you control a Drupal server we recommend you do the same - the Coder vulnerability can be exploited even if the module is disabled); DrupalCamp Ottawa is on July 22nd, and sessions were announced; we discovered the Drupal case studies site, and "PGAL" is an interesting recent study; PHP 5.5 is officially no longer supported (link no longer available), and PHP 5.6 active support is finished after this year, though security support lasts until the end of 2018; and we found an interesting article on print stylesheets, which contains lots of useful advice, particularly about using page breaks.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 8, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

Thanks to Drupal North, Canada Day, and some unforeseen circumstances, it's been nearly a month since the last Web Dev Rev, and we're super happy to be back! This week in Web Dev Rev notes: there are new releases for Drupal 7 and 8 (and the update for Drupal 7 is so big that they skipped ahead to version 7.50); a reminder to remove certain things if upgrading Drupal 8 manually; Workbench Moderation is targeted to be an experimental module in Drupal core as of version 8.2; a look at Paragraphs module vs. Entity Construction Kit in Drupal 8; news that the HTML5 recommendation that allowed reusing header levels as long as they were in section elements was never supported by browsers and is now removed from the HTML 5.1 specification; the Resource Cards site, a resource for resources; a primer on everything the writer knows about the script tag; Mozilla's work on Firefox containers to support tabs with different "browsing identities"; and finally, Slack's new message buttons functionality in the Slack API.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for June 3, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.1.2 is out; the "Bolt" tool we mentioned last week has been renamed to BLT; a handy tip for debugging Views; improving web page rendering performance by telling the browser how to optimize; and the book "Designing for Performance" is now available for free online.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for May 20, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week during Web Dev Rev note time, we looked at the proposed sessions for Drupal North, why it's a complex issue to move Drupal to GitHub, the Drupal Association membership drive (with a limited time free certificate), Angie "Webchick" Byron's ultimate guide to Drupal 8, how Drupal can integrate with Amazon's Alexa, and the funeral for Drupal 6 at DrupalCon New Orleans.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for May 13, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: DrupalCon New Orleans just ended, and the location for the next DrupalCon in North America was announced; videos from DrupalCon New Orleans have already been posted; during his DrupalCon keynote, Dries announced the Content Workflow Initiative for Drupal 8; Dries wrote a blog post following up on outside-in editing, talking about how it could work with contexts; a detailed look at contrib module ports to Drupal 8; and another blog post about how comments are important, this time talking about what you should always comment on in your CSS.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for April 29, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: updated Drupal coding standards are under discussion; Google is working on scroll anchoring for Chrome, so your reading position isn't lost when new elements load in; a list of everything that can go into the <head> of a document; and finally, a flexbox patterns site which includes some things similar to what we've been working on recently.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for April 22, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

After an unexpected week off last week, Web Dev Rev is back! With a 2 week gap, there were lots of notes: Drupal 8.1.0 was released, and with the release there were articles about the new BigPipe experimental module, the Migration update (link no longer available), and how Javascript Testing comes to Drupal 8; we looked at Drupal.org's new design system, an article about HTML and CSS comments, another way to learn Flexbox with a "game", Microsoft's CaptionBot (link no longer available), some layout demos featuring some newer CSS properties, and a debugging thought process from Remy Sharp. Finally, we looked at how there's a way to get an accessibility inspector in Chrome's developer tools, although the article failed to mention that you have to enable the ability to enable experiments in Chrome first.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for April 1, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes, we talked about: the reemergence of the <blink> tag as the perfect way to draw attention to important content; Drupal's experimental new Oculus Rift authoring experience; and the new code standards best practice of centering your comments instead of having them be left aligned.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 18, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: we reminded people about the Waterloo Region Drupal Users Group, which met recently; some interesting modules that came up at the last meeting were the Hook Post Action module, to add post-save hooks, and the Smart IP module, to determine a user's approximate location based on their IP address; the Paragraphs module was the Drupal 8 module of the week – since we've been starting to use it in Drupal 7 that's good to know; and finally, we looked at some Git hot tips.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 11, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: IST is updating Firefox on the University's managed Windows machines, which affects our Graded Browser Support; the Drupal Association looks under the hood of DrupalCon; and finally, the Drush Commands site is an easy way to read Drush documentation.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 5, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.0.5 was released, with another long list of fixes; Drupal was accepted to the Google Summer of Code 2016, and they published a "where to start" document for participants; DrupalCon New Orleans has received a record number of session submissions, and they've published a breakdown; and finally, Flexbox Froggy now has a spiritual sequel, helping you learn Flexbox, called Flexbox Defense.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 26, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 6 end of life was February 24, though it received a final release fixing known vulnerabilities; the same vulnerabilities document is referenced for the new Drupal 7.43 release, which will be on all of our servers by the morning of March 1st; drupal.org is upgrading their PHP to 5.4; drupal.org updated their contributing organizations page, and the University of Waterloo was in the top 50 (we have since slipped to the second page); with that in mind, we wanted to remind people about Drupal's contributor tasks - you can contribute to Drupal without having to necessarily write code (and if you set your drupal.org profile to show you work for the University, we'll get credit for your work); the DrupalCon New Orleans session submission deadline was fast approaching, and while it's unlikely that the WCMS will officially send any attendees, the list of tracks is very interesting; a company called "Howdy" has released a Botkit that is supposed to make building Slack Bots easy; and finally, Flexbugs is an interesting GitHub repo keeping track of issues with FlexBox implementations in various browsers, and ways to work around them.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 19, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week's Web Dev Rev notes are pretty short - maybe everyone that generally works on the sorts of things that make it to the notes was busy prepping for DrupalCon Asia? - but here they are: Drupal introduces a new Community Initiatives Process, and DrupalCon Asia is on now and should start generating videos soon.

Drupal: a quick and dirty guide to creating a field formatter

An example of colourful text.

This guide shows, basically, what is the absolute minimum you need to do to create a field formatter for Drupal 7.

To work with this guide, you'll have to have administrator access to a Drupal site, along with access to the file system to add a custom module.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 12, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: the Drupal 8.1.0 beta and release dates were announced; this month's Drupal core security release window has moved to avoid conflicting with DrupalCon; Drupal founder Dies Buytaert has posted on turning Drupal outside-in; a reminder of the existence of api.drupal.org, for looking up how internal Drupal functions work, and the DrupalContrib API reference, a one-stop source for API functions in contrib modules; the GitHub repo "big list of naughty strings" contains, well, a big list of strings that can cause issues when used as input; "Using the internet as a blind person" is a talk that was considered for Web Dev Rev but we're recommending watching on your own due to inconsistent sound; and a progress report on merging Firebug into Firefox's built in developer tools.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 5, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 7.42 is out (which includes a patch from our own Liam Morland); Drupal 7's co-maintainer has moved on to Drupal 8, so they're looking for a new Drupal 7 co-maintainer; a new A List Apart article is an excerpt from "Git for Humans" titled "The Art of the Commit" (link no longer available); and Microsoft Edge developers discuss 2016 priorities for the browser.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 29, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: discussion is underway for a new release schedule for Drupal 7 core; drupal.org will begin allowing users to "follow" content; Features Builder is a potentially interesting module that could make it easier to build Features; the Drupal fork Backdrop recently released version 1.3; Eric Meyer has a book coming out, "Design for Real Life", which has its foundations in the talk we've been watching; and Firefox ESR 38.6.0 is coming soon to managed UWaterloo PCs, meaning a new minimum Firefox for Graded Browser Support.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 22, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: the Drupal Association posted a Happy Birthday Drupal article with a nifty infographic; we saw that the beta phase for Drupal 8.1.0 is coming soon; Drupal Global Sprint Weekend is next weekend - January 30-31; Wim Leers posted Performance Calendar 2015: "2013 is calling: are CMSes fast by default yet?" (link no longer available); A List Apart asked members of the web design and development communities about what they're planning for the next year; and Microsoft looked back on Edge's year in review.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 15, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: some vulnerabilities around using Drupal were announced, and the Drupal Security Team responded; Drupal turned 15 today; an article about the "hamburger menu" pointed out, amongst other things, that it was first used by Xerox in 1981; and the W3C has won an Emmy® Award for their standards work on accessible video captioning and subtitles.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 8, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

Welcome to a new year of Web Dev Rev! This week in notes: Drupal 8.0.2 was released, offering a boatload of bug fixes; Drupal 8 contrib office hours are now officially a thing; Drupal officially became Drupal (link no longer available) with a commit in late December 2000; documentation on upgrading to Drupal 8 was recently revised; the WAVE toolbar will no longer be available for Firefox, though it remains available for Chrome; how Lullabot came to be; Chrome Canary's dev tools now support CPU throttling to emulate how slower computers will see your website; and Firefox will start supporting some -webkit CSS for compatibility with the de facto web.