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January 2017

WCMS update for December 2017

In this issue:

  • Campus-wide standards, procedures and guidelines
  • Need WCMS training ASAP?
  • Co-op student resources
  • Site managers: time to review permissions!

Web Dev Rev wrap-up for December 15, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes, we looked at: the speed of Drupal 8 adoption (with some interesting comments); how to accelerate Drupal 8 development by funding a core committer; a post from the Drupal 8 maintainer about add-ons for Webform; the latest emoji candidates; how often CSS attributes are used across websites; more notes on link accessibility; and finally, an article on how the block formatting context works in CSS.

Web Dev Rev wrap-up for December 8, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week's Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.4.3 was released; introducing the Drupal Association's new community liaison; changing the maximum length of an existing text field in Drupal 8 (link no longer available); paid promotions and the Webform module; Drupal.org sprint plans from December 4 to 17; looking at Workflows, stable as of Drupal 8.4.0; the <wbr> tag; PHP 7.2.0 (link no longer available) is released; a pure CSS Connect 4; it's advent calendar season, and the 24 Ways advent calendar is back, along with an accessibility advent calendar, and many more advent calendars (link no longer available); the web media extension to let Edge support OGG Vorbis and Theora; using the <img> tag with videos; and finally, Chrome's intent to ship the image decoding attribute.

WCMS update for November 2017

In this issue:

  • Waterloo Photos
  • WCMS training for co-op students
  • Join the 'Campus Web' channel on Mattermost
  • Accessibility webinars 

Web Dev Rev wrap-up for November 24, 2017

Web Dev Rev wrap-up for November 3, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

At this week's Web Dev Rev, we looked at a short list of things: the Drupal 8 modules Twitter feed; Drupal's upgrade path and the product approach; Lullabot's effective communication series, part 1 and part 2; the Flexbox Zombies learning game; and the ultimate guide to alt text.

WCMS update for October 2017

In this issue:

  • Working with files in the WCMS
  • Accessibility webinars
  • Survey and voting tools

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for October 27, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

At this week's Web Dev Rev, we started by looking at: Mainspring, a component-driven prototyping tool using Pattern Lab; a TWIG filter for Drupal 8 to show date ranges in as short a format as possible; the plan for contrib modules for Media now that Media Entity API is in Drupal 8 core; a call for help with Media source plugin porting; a note that timestamp fields in Drupal 8 now universally use ISO timestamps; a look at JavaScript-related changes in Drupal 8.4 and beyond; notes on effective use of the drupal.org issue queue (link no longer available); Drupalize.me's full set of Acquia certification exam guides; find conferences using Conference Radar; a collection of design resource sites; a guide to essential image optimization; a look at the fundamentals of responsive images; EFF's Certbot for Let's Encrypt; and finally, some code review etiquette.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for October 13, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, regular Web Dev Rev host Kevin Paxman was on vacation, so in his place, guest host Eric Bremner from the WCMS dev team had these Web Dev Rev notes: Microsoft Edge bugs can be reported by Tweet; Microsoft Edge announced for iOS and Android, and what that really is underneath; how to port commands to Drush 9; a closer look at the Drupal out of the box initiative; what eBay's web font loading strategy (link no longer available) looks like; Drupal's new Creative Commons image library; and finally, how to use Drupal's Queue API.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for October 6, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, Web Dev Rev guest host Tyler Struyk brought forward the following Drupal-related Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.4.0 was released and there are release notes; some notes on how to use the new Media features in Drupal 8.4.0; Dries posts on Drupal looking to adopt React; the proposal to use React for Drupal's administrative UIs; the Drupal business survey results; and finally, the Drupal Community Governance survey results and call to action.

WCMS update for September 2017

In this issue:

  • Benefits of accessible websites
  • Co-op student resources
  • Need WCMS training ASAP?

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for September 29, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

After last week's Web Dev Rev had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties, we have a plethora of Web Dev Rev notes. In the Drupal field: an introduction to the Chatbot API for Drupal 8; thoughts on Drupal certification from the UK's first Drupal 8 "Grand Master"; the top 50 most wanted Drupal 8 contrib modules; what's new on Drupal.org in August; the evolution of Paragraphs; building conditional paths in Pathauto; letting editors choose the view mode of entity references; Dries on Drupal's collective purpose and his state of Drupal presentation; a practical look at powering chatbots with Drupal; and Views in Drupal 8.4.0 can now display computed fields.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for September 1, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

It's another week with lots of notes, since many of the WCMS team just got back from Drupal North. We looked at: the Drupal North group photo; the fact that Drupal North videos were already online; command line accessibility testing with Pa11y; proto-CSS languages from the early days of the web; the CSS text-justify property for controlling how spacing is handled; SVG gotchas; building better background photos; a collection of design resources (at the .party domain!); Smashing Magazine's series of "designing the perfect..." articles for sliders, accordions, date/time pickers, and feature comparison tables; a CSS trick for curved text along a path; a different article on implementing a slider well; new additions to the CSS grid inspector in Firefox Nightly; a wide-reaching collection of cool tools for various functions; some tips on interviewing for web developers (from both sides of the table); all about pair programming; the options for programmatically documenting CSS; renaming a font in CSS (ask for Arial, get Comic Sans!); the final death of Flash; next steps for connection security; Google starts penalizing intrusive interstitials; the CSS :focus-within pseudo-selector; Web Developer for Chrome compromised; simple SASS mixins for CSS grid backwards compatibility; what the web can do today; "above the fold" is a myth (FYI); and finally, an example of the webkitdirectory attribute to allow uploading entire folders at once.

WCMS update for August 2017

In this issue:

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) technique
  • WCMS training for co-op students
  • WCMS migration to responsive

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 18, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, Web Dev Rev guest host Lily Yan brought forward the following Drupal-related Web Dev Rev notes: what's new on Drupal.org for July 2017; Drupal 8.3.7 was released to fix a security issue; an invitation to join the Drupal Community Spotlight Committee; a look at the Drupal out of the box experience initiative; and Drupal 8.4.0-beta1 was released.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for August 11, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

We have a lot of notes this week, since we've had a few weeks off from Web Dev Rev: working on a migration path from Drupal 7's Workbench Moderation to Drupal 8's Content Moderation in core; experimental modules' status towards Drupal 8.4.0 release and the detailed document; an article suggesting Drupal 8 migrators stop using Features; noting that the Bibliography module has an open security issue; what's new on Drupal.org for June 2017; what to expect from Drupal 8.4.0; the Lightning Drupal 8 distribution is intended "to create great authoring experiences and empower editorial teams"; one developer's top 5 lessons learned working with Drupal 8; per Lullabot, three things every Drupal site needs to kick ass; a look at a Drupal 8 admin theme, Eleven (video below); migrating Drupal 7 redirects to Drupal 8; changes to workflow plugins in Drupal 8.4.0; a Drupal modules card matching game; the Coffee module brings quick Spotlight-style keyboard navigation to the admin interface; how Drupal 8 leaves small non-profits behind and how to fix it; Internet Explorer 9 & 10 support dropped from Drupal 8.4.x; an easy way to create a modal in Drupal 8; using Google's Perspective API in Drupal to determine the "toxicity" of content; Better Field Descriptions module provides a way for end users to maintain help text; Rabbit hole module lets you lock down viewing of entities; getting "SEO juice" from JSON LD structured data; dealing with a giant cache_render table in Drupal 8; Mediacurrent's Drupal theme generator; and finally, Drupal 8 activity cards to help you learn Drupal 8.

WCMS update for July 2017

In this issue:

  • The importance of good quality data
  • WCMS training for co-op students
  • Drop-in lab availability for August
  • ​Reminder: WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 21, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, Web Dev Rev guest host Chris Shantz brought forward the following Drupal-related Web Dev Rev notes: Larry Garfield responds to last week's Drupal Association statement; take the Drupal Community Governance Summit survey; and finally, Drupal 8.4.0 release plans.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 14, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

Here's what we have to talk about since the last Web Dev Rev: Drupal core "experimental modules" don't get upgrade paths - and it's affecting something we're planning to use; Drupal Console hits 1 million downloads (link no longer available); Drupal Association and Drupal Project Lead issue statement regarding Larry Garfield; Drupal 8 modules that extend Entity Reference; what's next for CSS; and finally, the "reduced motion" media query.

WCMS update for June 2017

In this issue:

  • Path review report
  • Infrastructure changes affecting WCMS sites
  • Drop-in lab closed July 11
  • Developer 1-on-1s
  • ​Reminder: WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for June 2, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

After a guest week last week, there are plenty of Web Dev Rev notes this week: Drupal creator Dries Buytaert takes on a new role; how Drupal 8 and Composer can be friends; notes on how to write a Drupal 8 installation profile; how Drupal 8 configuration management can work with multi-site; a selection of interesting/potentially useful Drupal 8 modules: Configuration Split, Config Ignore, Config Filter, and Default Content; the Style Guide, Retina Images, and Real-time SEO modules for Drupal 7 and 8; the SiteDiff tool to see differences between two versions of a website; user facing state; the difference between URLs and URIs; Emoji on the web (and how Microsoft Edge is the only browser to support every colour font format); how Chrome won; a case for Firefox; little Git tips; an issue to discuss neat Git tips; a script to visually select Git branches to check out; a love letter to CSS; and finally, some fun tooltip animations.

WCMS update for May 2017

In this issue:

  • Refined brand implementation (Publications theme)
  • UWaterloo Scholar
  • Developer 1-on-1s
  • Need WCMS training ASAP?

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for May 26, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, Web Dev Rev guest host Liam Morland brought forward the following Drupal-related Web Dev Rev notes: things that are new on Drupal.org in April; insight into Drupal Association financials; and finally, an update from the April 26th Drupal Association board meeting.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for May 19, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for May 5, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.3.2 was released; the evolution of Drupal's Community Governance; "BigPipe" moves from experimental to stable in Drupal 8.3.0; a comparison of node/entity ordering modules for Drupal; a periodic table of Drupal 8 modules (link no longer available); Composer and Drupal are still strange bedfellows; the vitally important Drupal logos with hats; what's coming in Firefox 53; JavaScript has a battery status API; an accessibility style guide; the good, the bad, and the ugly of code commenting 9link no longer available); creating ordered lists using Unicode symbols; Microsoft's plans to update their Edge browser more frequently; things to follow to keep track of what's happening in CSS; a look at CSS ruleset terminology; and finally, interview questions and exercises about CSS, some of which we tried to answer live.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for April 28, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week, Web Dev Rev guest host Eric Bremner brought forward these Web Dev Rev notes: DrupalCon Baltimore has just ended; the next North American DrupalCon will be in Nashville; a look at what's coming in Chrome 58; a look at how early Nintendo programming worked without a keyboard; a post about the myth of software time estimations that got its author fired; and finally, a look at what programming languages are used late at night.

WCMS update for April 2017

In this issue:

  • WCMS Training for co-op students
  • Co-op student resources
  • Site managers: time to review permissions!
  • Reminder: WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for April 7, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 8.3.0 is out, and a blog post looks at the big changes; the controversy in the Drupal world has lead to talk of a Drupal fork; the question "Does CSS Grid replace Flexbox" is answered; a trick for hassle-free full bleed in CSS; Microsoft Edge starts working on their Grid implementation, and fulfills a years-old promise; the CSS Grid Garden is a fun way to learn some basics about CSS Grid; and finally, the Emojipedia can help with all your Emoji-finding needs.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 31, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: the "schoolboy error" that can prevent Drupal's hook_uninstall from running; Eric Meyer talks about how he added grid to his existing design; Microsoft Edge is implementing CSS custom properties (similar to SASS); Google's landing page for open source projects (link no longer available); and finally, Microsoft announces free Microsoft Edge testing through BrowserStack.

WCMS update for March 2017

In this issue:

  • UWaterloo Scholar - available now!

  • Developer 1-on-1s

  • Reminder: WCMS migration to responsive cut-off date – August 31, 2017

  • Refined brand implementation update

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 24, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal revamps the project applications process, meaning goodbye project applications, hello security advisory opt-in; searching the Drupal issue queue for issues tagged against PHP 7; the sideways dictionary defines tech terms using analogies; 7 solutions for more accessible SVGs; and about the generator-unable-to-provide-required-alt attribute for images, and when you'd use it.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 17, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal logos taking part in outdoor activities; Eric Meyer had some problems with Chrome's grid implementation that later seemed to be traced to extensions; how code reviews are worth their weight in gold; Animista, a site for for CSS animations on demand (link no longer available); getting started with CSS grid; how the next step for responsive design is designing for virtual reality; Google's new JPG compression method reduces file sizes/improves quality; and finally, changes introduced in Firefox 52 include the new grid inspector.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for March 3, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: a collection of Drupal tests at TestDrupal; sessions for DrupalCon Baltimore were announced; Firefox 52 is coming soon (update: shipped March 7th) and there are changes developers should know about, including "CSS grids are implemented"; a reason to be excited about CSS grids; and a reason why JavaScript might not work that should be considered.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 24, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 17, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: a review of the Drupal status page redesign; drupal.org's new industry pages; the drupal.org industry page for education (which unfortunately seems vendor-focused); why Drupal's multi-site functionality is great for university sites (link no longer available); SVGs can be XSS vectors; an introduction to the reduced motion media query; a variable font that takes variability to the next level; and finally, an HTML reference guide.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 10, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: a video about the power of Drupal; a response from the Drupal Association about the future of DrupalCons; the new status report page in Drupal 8.3; a browser tweak that saved 60% of requests to Facebook - link no longer available (and a new "immutable" header); a look at accessible UI components; how CSS's calc() works; and a look at CSS exclusions, which are currently only available in Microsoft browsers.

WCMS update for January 2017

In this issue:

  • Need WCMS training ASAP?
  • Co-op student resources
  • Site managers: time to review permissions!

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 20, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

We started off with some fun - a list of Drupal songs and Drupal Lyrics. Then we moved on to the proper Web Dev Rev notes: experimental module changes coming in Drupal 8.3; Drupal 8 Migrate API is in beta; another access control module, Monster Menus; the Devel Node Access module to help debug access control; some cache primer modules - Cache Warmer, Drush Entity Cache Loader, XMLRPC Page Load, and HTTPRL Spider; design elements that front-end developers hate; colour emoji by default coming to Edge; people's names that break websites; and a look at browser support for every possible list-style-type (look at that link in various browsers to see what support there is and how unsupported types are handled).

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 13, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: a blog post from Dries about moving the Drupal 8 workflow initiative along; another content access module and a look at restricting access to content in Drupal 8; a post about conference experiences; notes about how the rendering engine for Firefox is being replaced on the fly; how display:flow-root is coming and is the first step towards getting rid of clearfix hacks; notes on designing for "show scroll bars"; a look at Etsy's evolving icon system; useful info about gradients and "transparent black"; one person's look at what front-end developers should do in 2017; and an article on evergreen websites and browser support, with a great quote.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for January 6, 2017

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week's Web Dev Rev notes are more exhaustive than usual, thanks to the cancelled session and the December break, so we'll break from convention and give them a few paragraphs.