Next week won’t have updates unless there is a critical issue to address as we’ll be attending DrupalCon. The keynote, by Dries the creator of Drupal, is typically streamed online and may be of interest to those who’d like to know what’s coming in the future for the platform. It will be on Tuesday, May 12 from 12-1:15pm ET.
File Uploads in Drupal
Functionality to support uploading multiple files at once is now enabled on the Middlebury and MIIS Drupal sites. Our documentation on Creating File Uploads has been updated to outline the new workflow. In addition to allowing multiple uploads, this greatly simplifies the upload process, removing several dialogs and making the title of the File Upload the name of the file by default. The process for updating existing File Upload contents has not changed.
New WordPress Plugins and Themes
- RokoPhoto Lite: RokoPhoto Lite is an elegant WordPress themes for photographers, writers, and bloggers. This design focuses on your content & is perfect for an elegant blog site.
- Shortcodes in Text Widgets: A plugin that allows shortcodes to work in Text Widgets if not supported already by theme.
- Table of Contents Plus: A powerful yet user friendly plugin that automatically creates a table of contents. Can also output a sitemap listing all pages and categories.
Tweaks and Fixes
- Duplicate article titles on the Health Topics A-Z page have been removed. This was done by adding a feature to the Drupal Views module that allows us to concatenate grouped results from the query, which we may be able to use for other features of the site.
- Drupal Gallery captions now correctly support the UTF-8 character set, including left and right single and double quotes, emdashes, endashes, and ellipses.
- A side effect of last week’s Drupal Webform update is that radio button and checkbox lists that use the “Other” textfield option had a hidden element that could be marked as required, making it difficult to submit the form. These hidden elements are no longer marked as required on the client side, though they will still be checked after the form is submitted to the server.
Drupal Webform Update
We’re now on version 7.x-4.8 of webform for both the Middlebury and MIIS forms sites. Here are the new features in this release:
- Conditionals can now act on more than one component with the same rule.
- Conditionals can now make components required/optional and set component values, in addition to hiding/showing them.
- Tokens may now be used to set the file component upload directory, as well as create a pattern to rename each uploaded file.
- Grid components support a right-side header to create semantic-differential survey questions.
- Result analysis can now be customized with views, including creating exposed filters.
- Email addresses now support long-format names, such as
"First Last" <email@example.com>.
- The confirmation message may now be shown within the webform block, if desired.
- In addition to the first-saved timestamp, webform now tracks the first completed (not draft) and last modified timestamp.
- Submissions may be downloaded by date range, both via the user interface and drush.
- Numeric submission data may now be properly formatted, filtered, and sorted with views.
- The day/month/year may be made optional in date components.
- Time components may have a start and end time, including “over midnight” ranges, such as 10pm-3am.
- Date and time components only show options that fall within the start and end date/times.
- Anonymous users may submit Webforms confidentially, without their IP address being recorded.
- Multi-page drafts are now resumed where the user left off, rather than on page 1.
- The html5 required attribute is used on required components, providing in-browser validation.
Thanks to a suggestion, creation of the dropdown lists, and testing from Bryan Carson, the Library Quick Search feature on the Library site now features a selection of subject and course guides under the “Guides” tab.
Fixes and Tweaks
- The link to the BLWC site on the Middlebury homepage is once again plural in reference to the conferences.
- Elements of the MIIS global design are now rendered via Drupal’s block system, which we’ve been using for the Middlebury site since the upgrade to Drupal 7. This allows us to mix-and-match which elements show up without having to create a new theme and is part of the work we’re doing to port the Course Hubs to Drupal 7.
- A number of programming errors that were preventing the Podcasting and Visual Links WordPress plugins from working on our sites have been corrected.
- The “waveform” feature was not being displayed at the top of the Admissions site, but is now back in place.
- The stylesheeets for the AD Group Manager are now loaded from the central CDN rather than the older “web” server, in preparation of retiring that machine.
- You can now switch themes in the Customizer, making it easier to compare how new themes will look on your site.
- Added Tumblr and Kickstarter to the list of services that can be embedded by just pasting a URL into the editor.
- Extended character support, including native support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters as well as mathematical and musical symbols. Also, emoji 👻
WordPress / Google Calendar support
In the past our sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu WordPress systems have offered a variety of plugins to support embedding Google Calendars in posts and sidebar widgets. Over time the authors of these plugins have moved on and not updated them to work with the latest versions of WordPress, leaving us with broken calendar support.
We are pleased to announce that we have now retired the old plugins and have replaced them with a streamlined pair of plugins, a Google Calendar Shortcode plugin that allows embedding of calendars in posts and pages and a Google Calendar Widget plugin that provides a sidebar widget which displays an “agenda” view of upcoming events from a calendar. These plugins can be enabled and used on any site in our systems.
See the LIS Wiki for instructions and more information on how use these plugins. For users of the old plugins, we will be going through your sites over the next few days and updating them to use the new plugins.
Tweaks and Fixes
- Google claims that the issue with embedded Google Calendars being blank has been fixed. Let us know if you notice this occurring again.
- In Drupal, on the Middlebury site, RSS feeds and forms on pages with blank sidebars will now use the full width of the content region, rather than being confined to 450px. This mirrors an earlier fix for promotional calendars.
- Also on the Middlebury Drupal site, Facebook buttons and boxes in sidebars won’t have a dotted line border around or beneath them any more.
- Choosing to hide one field in a profile on the Middlebury Drupal site, such as fax number, will no longer also cause the photo to be hidden.
New WordPress themes available
The following themes are now available in sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu.
- WordPress plugin updates:
- WPtouch Mobile
- Schedule Posts Calendar
- Resize Image After Upload
- Post Types Order
- NextGen Gallery
- MailPoet Newsletters
- Email Users
- CM Tooltip Glossary
- Blog ID In Site Admin Menu
- We’ve been noticing periodic stability issues with the web-server that hosts the GO application. We anticipate that these issues will be resolved by an upcoming system update.
Tweaks and Fixes
Fixed a broken view that was preventing
Multi-File Uploads in Drupal
Thanks to some assistance from our colleagues at Amherst, we’re almost ready to allow multiple files to be uploaded into a File Upload content type in Drupal again. Please try out this feature on our development copy of the site and let us know if you run into any issues. It works just like uploading files does now, except that you can select multiple files when you click the Browse button. We hope to have this feature enabled in production this month.
Files on ‘user’ Pages
Back in 2009-2010, while we were still setting up the Middlebury site and getting used to Drupal, it was possible to upload files to your personal “user” page, rather than your site’s hidden File Uploads page. We’re removing the otherwise unused “user” pages, which aren’t used for anything else and take up a lot of space in the database. There were still about 170 files on those pages, so we moved those files to the appropriate department or office site. If you see a sub-page of your site’s File Uploads page with someone’s name on it, that’s where that came from.
Tweaks and Fixes
- The Email share button on thewip.net was not working because we needed to add that domain to the allowed domains list for MIIS’s reCAPTCHA API key. If there are other WordPress domains that desire to use the Email share button aside from middlebury.edu, miis.edu, or thewip.net, please let us know.
- Images in File Upload nodes where the Link URL field was not blank in the Carousel were hidden. We’ve fixed this so that the images are shown.
- We have removed photos from the MIIS header, except on the homepage, and constrained the header width to 960px. This is part of an ongoing effort to do some work refreshing elements of that site’s design.
- We have improved the performance of permissions-saving and deleting in Drupal. If you noticed problems with these in the past, they should now be resolved.
We’re starting this feature again to let you know about the changes that we’ve made recently to our web systems. This will appear each Monday in the Library & Information Technology Services blog.
- Drupal Instagram: You can now add lists of images from one or more Instagram users to your pages. This works well as a sidebar widget.
- Drupal Slideshow: Allows you to put a rotating image slideshow on a page.
- The Language Schools and Schools Abroad sites have had their headers redesigned. Additionally, there is now a fullwidth page theme for the Language Schools.
- We now support embedding content from ExpOsure in Drupal using the video shortcode, as you would with YouTube or Vimeo. Here’s an example of it in practice.
We’re working on improving our documentation and have cleaned up the content types section of the Editing in Drupal page. The Drupal File Upload documentation has been revised to incorporate the changes in that system with Drupal 7, and we’ve added a page about Drupal Email Newsletters, which are created differently in Drupal now, though the process for sending them through List Manager is the same.
The new Instagram and Slideshow content types are also documented and there is a page with the pixel dimensions of each region on our site, which is helpful when creating new Instagram and Slideshow content.
Tweaks and Fixes
- Images in the Drupal File Upload content are now wrapped in a link to the full-sized image. Note that the “Clicking on this image shows it full-size” checkbox when embedding an image is still not working.
- The comment form on Drupal News items on the Middlebury site now includes a comment policy and the unnecessary Subject field has been removed to improve the display of comments.
- Drupal Promotional Calendars on pages with empty sidebars now take up the full width of the content region, rather than being confined to 450px.
- The Middlebury 404 page is no longer showing extraneous navigation elements and has the correct margins on the text that is shown.
- Related videos are no longer shown for any YouTube embeds in Drupal.
- The Google Analytics code on the Middlebury Drupal site has been updated to allow links to “securelb.imodules.com” (the online giving form) to track as though they were hosted on our domain.
- Google Analytics on the MIIS forms site will now track clicks on form page buttons as discrete events, showing “Page 1 of 3”, for example, when a user clicks on the first page button on a multi-page form.
- WordPress video embeds from MiddMedia now support files containing sequential en-dash characters, ‘-‘. WordPress had been translating this into em-dash characters ‘–‘, breaking urls.
Since 2011 instructors have been able to view class rosters in the Course Hub, a feature many have used to help learn students’ names or quickly look up contact, Commons, or advisor information.
Web view of the course roster.
One thing we had not anticipated at the time is that instructors might print the roster to have a reference with them in class. Unfortunately, the rosters weren’t laid out with printing in mind and often flowed across pages in a not-very-compact way. Today, we are pleased to announce that class rosters now have improved styling that will lay-out the roster in a more compact grid when printing.
Old class roster print view.
New class roster print view
As web technology in general is not optimized for print, it is possible you still might encounter quirks when printing. We recommend using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari and avoiding Internet Explorer when printing rosters as some IE versions have a quirk that can cause pages to break across photos.