With the arrival of Chinese New Year, I decided to make another design based on Zen and called it "Xīnnián." Xīnnián is Chinese for "new year" (新年), which is approximately pronounced "shin'nien" for those unfamiliar with Pinyin. Read on for explanations of various Chinese characters featured in this design.
With the release of Drupal 6 around the horizon, I made a presentation (as part of GHOP) that (attractively) outlines 5 new features in Drupal 6 that I deemed "awesome".
The following features are outlined:
- OpenID support
- Module update status
- Improved usability
- Alias filtering
"There is more than one way to do it." This philosophy isn’t limited to Perl; it generally extends to open source software itself. Likewise, there are four modules that are intended to integrate taxonomy fields into the Content Construction Kit (CCK) for Drupal; these modules have been identified to have similar or overlapping functionality. Below is a list of the 4 modules.
- Content Taxonomy (
- CCK Taxonomy Fields (
- Taxonomy Super Select (
- CCK Taxonomy Super Select Ultra (
This document serves to compare and contrast these modules in order to make it easier for site owners to choose one to suit their site development needs. The following issues are addressed for each module:
- ease of installation and ease of use
- list of any dependencies or companion modules associated with each module (CCK, Taxonomy, Views, API modules, externally hosted code, etc.)
- features and functionality
- pros and cons
- list of access permissions
- evaluation of the documentation/handbook (if any)
- status of the most stable release (development, alpha, beta, official)
- if it is still in development, an evaluation for its potential for successful completion
- a brief examination of the its issue queues for any glaring or recurring problems
On a resize event, it would check the viewport width and height, and, depending on what range it falls in, it would hide or collapse elements accordingly, gracefully degrading the layout. A technique that I dubbed "intelligent switching" was used to determine which range the width and height falls in, elegantly. To me, that means not resorting to a chain of
if statements. I'll talk about intelligent switching in another article, but for now, below is the list of ranges and what happens when the viewport dimensions fall in that range.
|When Width Is Below (px)||This Happens|
|875||Right sidebar disappears.|
|700||Service links disappear.|
|550||Pine trunk on the right collapses. The navigation and breadcrumb bars disappear.|
|When Height Is Below (px)||This Happens|
|500||Breadcrumb bar disappears. Navigation bar shortens and floats to top right. Header region collapses.|
When the viewport dimensions move out of range the changes reverse. Flayout is working right now, live on this site, so try it out and see for yourself how it works. This has been tested and known to work under Firefox, Opera and Safari, and it isn't working under Internet Explorer, yet. I have yet to debug this under Internet Explorer. Someday, I'll do it.
Because we've all seen AJAX abused too many times, Chyrp is made to use it only where it works good. For example, creating a new post uses AJAX, because it's already definite where it's going to end up (the content, with all the other posts [unless you made it a draft, in which case it goes in to "Your Drafts" and tells you so]). However, for creating a page it uses regular old form submitting. This is because pages are meant to be their own section of the website. There's no point in having it fade in to the content or do anything fancy, because you'll end up going to its own page anyway.
Valve recently posted a new video on ApertureScience.com, featuring a "holiday vault" that showed the weighted companion cube wearing a Santa hat sitting beside a cake in front of a fireplace. Since a picture is worth a thousand words - I can go on and on to describe the vault - you should see the screenshot below.
Anyhow, there's enough stuff to let your eyes feast upon in the holiday vault. What really struck my interest was the sign right above the fireplace, where a gnome is also staring into your eyes. Anyone who's played Portal (or seen it) should be familiar of the various signs and logos present in each testing chamber (see right), denoting what puzzles and hazards are in the chamber. The sign above the fireplace is a humorous self-parody of the testing chamber signs and Santa Claus running down the chimney. Because of this, I've decided to recreate the sign in Inkscape, polishing my vector path editing skills along the way.
The SVG source is also available.
There has been several reports mentioning how slow the new Gmail is. In all cases, the problem seems to be cross browser, and of course, cross platform.
Strangely, in my own case, the new Gmail was not slow at all. In fact, it was so fast that I was surprised. It was then when I noticed subtle changes like the custom drop-down list, narrower message rows, the new position of the "Loading..." message, and the "Older Version" link. It even kindly reminded me that Firebug slows Gmail down, and, to fix it, I should disable Firebug for mail.google.com.