design for budgets




A target="_blank" alternative for Drupal, or saving users' content by overriding the filter tips link

In Drupal, users can accidentally lose content on node add/edit forms by clicking the "More information about formatting options" link and browsing to a new page. That's not so good.


Twittering and working

Haven't posted to the Dotted i blog in a while, but am hoping to get back to it before long.

Lots of projects afoot. There's some Drupal module work, a huge site underway for my day job (which I hope to cull some write-ups from eventually), and then Twitter.

In the last few months I've gotten into Twitter, and am enjoying making connections with others and tossing off small observations and having info exchanges... You can catch me at


I'm quoted in "Library Technology Reports"

Like in the 1979 Steve Martin comedy "The Jerk," where the main character launches into a joyous, "I'm finally somebody!" when a delivery man drops off a new phone book with his name in it, I've made this post to exclaim I'm quoted in the "Drupal in Libraries" issue of Library Tech Reports!


markItUp is available now...

The markItUp module for Drupal is now available for download, though there is still need for some polish, minor instructions, and for me - or some other interested party - to figure out why the live preview stopped working with the upgrade to the markItUp jQuery plugin version 1.1.


markItUp module for Drupal... almost there

I've been sick these last two weeks, but working as much as my constitution allows, on the markItUp module for Drupal. markItUp is a jQuery based plugin that adds code insertion buttons to affected textareas.


Firefox 3 and

Another of my favorite Firefox plugins, the plugin, is now available for Firefox 3.

Works great.


Firebug and Firefox 3 Beta 5 on Kubuntu Hardy Heron

After a long day of working in the yard, I sat down at my computer after the kids had gone to bed and decided that rather than falling asleep with my finger on the Z key while coding (which somehow leads to buggy code), I'd be better off doing something less involved. I opted to upgrade my Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon install to the newest Kubuntu Hardy Heron release.


Usability improvement applied toward Drupal 7

Just had my first patch towards Drupal 7 committed. It was as simple usability fix that involved nothing more than the deletion of 3 lines of CSS from Garland, but still, it's exciting.


Design coding


Recommended Drupal modules

This is a list of some of our favorite Drupal modules. It will be updated from time to time.

Pathauto - automatic creation of path aliases based on your settings.


BUEditor - add markup to posts via buttons (and you can add your own!)

Imagefield + imagecache

Views - query builder

CCK - content construction kit


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