Force valid HTML with valid_node module

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Fri, 2006-09-29 23:38

Having non-HTML-skilled contributors input content on a Drupal site seems to often lead to invalid HTML tag soup being input. And even with seasoned coders, a HTML input error happens sometimes, which can be a problem until someone fixes the post.

So I figured I'd force valid HTML from user input, and here is the proof-of-concept valid_node module: it will force any node to be saved as a XHTML fragment.

Drupal admin: the importance of the sequence, redux

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Sat, 2006-09-23 22:13

Some months ago, I noticed Arnab's blog note about the importance of the sequence table, albeit in a multisite context.

This table also needs special care when copying a drupal site: logically enough, its rows contain the name of the prefixed tables for which a sequence is maintained. For instance, this means that, if you defined the source site as using, say, oldsite_ as a prefix, the name field on the row for the next nid will look like: oldsite_node_nid.

"nested" : a drupal theme without columns

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Tue, 2006-08-15 22:27

For quite a long time I'd been wishing this blog had an original theme. Not that I dislike Marvin, but I felt it was time to create my own theme, especially after doing work on adding settings to drupal themes.

Since today was bank holiday for the Assumption day, I decided I'd use it to create a theme after one of my pet peeves: white space on web pages.

Dokuwiki vs Google

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Sun, 2006-08-13 15:12

For some months now, I've been noticing that the Audean wiki, which I use as a live documentation site for various aspects of my sites, appeared comparatively rarely in Google search results, although it was referenced in various places and Google cache info (cache:-prefixed queries) showed the site was indexed.

Now, the Audean Wiki is based on Splitbrain's Dokuwiki very convenient Open Source wiki, which often appears in relation with Drupal for documentation purposes, and it appears there are three problems with a default Dokuwiki installation, which prevent effective search engine optimization:

Here's how to overturn these hurdles.

How to add settings to custom Drupal themes

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Thu, 2006-08-10 00:37

One feature I used to find missing in Drupal was the builtin ability to have themes include their own settings, like modules do.

For instance, a theme might allow switching renderings on the fly, without needing activation of specific stylesheets, or CSS or code tweaking, just by choosing parameters in an administration UI. But it was impossible. That is, until tonight.

Since a direct implementation in core seemed unlikely to see the day before 4.8/5.0, I created a proof-of-concept module just for this, called "themesettings".

The details and full source are available as a small demo which adds a "background" setting to a variant of the box_grey PHP theme, to define the background color of all nodes on the fly, just by choosing it from admin/themes/settings2/<chosen theme>. To read and download the code involved... :