All RPGs and Storygames by Tod Foley are now available at DrivethruRPG and RPGnow. Bring these games to your table!
This project provides an easy integration with Microsoft Azure Storage services (blobs, tables and queues)..
This new version is an important milestone of stability for Drupal 8. It adds under-the-hood improvements to enable stable releases of key contributed modules for layouts, media, and calendaring. Many other core experimental modules have also become stable in this release, including modules for displaying form errors inline and managing workflows.
The release includes several very important fixes for content revision data integrity as well as an update to stop the deletion of orphaned files that was causing data loss for many sites, alongside numerous improvements for site builders and content authors.
Important: If you use Drush to manage Drupal, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before updating Drupal. Updating to Drupal 8.4.0 using Drush 8.1.11 or earlier will fail. (Always test minor version updates carefully before making them live.)Inline Form Errors
The Inline Form Errors module provides a summary of any validation errors at the top of a form and places the individual error messages next to the form elements themselves. This helps users understand which entries need to be fixed, and how. Inline Form Errors was provided as an experimental module from Drupal 8.0.0 on, but it is now stable and polished enough for production use.Datetime Range
The Datetime Range module provides a field type that allows end dates to support contributed modules like Calendar. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the Drupal 8.3.x experimental version and shares a consistent API with other Datetime fields. Future releases may improve Views support, usability, Datetime Range field validation, and REST support.Layout Discovery API
The Layout Discovery module provides an API for modules or themes to register layouts as well as five common layouts. Providing this API in core enables core and contributed layout solutions like Panels and Display Suite to be compatible with each other. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the 8.3.x experimental version and introduces support for per-region attributes.Media API
The new core Media module provides an API for reusable media entities and references. It is based on the contributed Media Entity module.
Since there is a rich ecosystem of Drupal contributed modules built on Media Entity, the top priority for this release is to provide a stable core API and data model for a smoother transition for these modules. Developers and expert site builders can now add Media as a dependency. Work is underway to provide an update path for existing sites' Media Entity data and to port existing contributed modules to the refined core API.
Note that the core Media module is currently marked hidden and will not appear on the 'Extend' (module administration) page. (Enabling a contributed module that depends on the core Media module will also enable Media automatically.) The module will be displayed to site builders normally once once related user experience issues are resolved in a future release.
Similarly, the REST API and normalizations for Media are not final and support for decoupled applications will be improved in a future release.Content authoring and site administration experience improvements
The "Save and keep (un)published" dropbutton has been replaced with a "Published" checkbox and single "Save" button. The "Save and..." dropbutton was a new design in Drupal 8, but users found it confusing, so we have restored a design that is more similar to the user interface for Drupal 7 and earlier.
Both the "Comments" administration page at `/admin/content/comment` and the "Recent log messages" report provided by dblog are now configurable views. This allows site builders to easily customize, replace or clone these screens.Updated migrations
This release adds date and node reference support for Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrations. Core provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data and can be used for migrating Drupal 6 sites to Drupal 8, and the Drupal 6 to 8 migration path is nearing beta stability. Some gaps remain, such as for some internationalization data. The Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration is incomplete but is suitable for developers who would like to help improve the migration and can be used to test upgrades especially for simple Drupal 7 sites. Most high-priority migrations are available.Moderation and workflows
The Workflows module is now also stable, however it only provides a framework for managing workflows and is not directly useful in itself. The experimental Content Moderation module allows workflows to be applied to content and is now at beta stability. Content moderation workflows can now apply to any entity types that support revisions, and numerous usability issues and critical bugs are resolved in this release.Platform features for web services
Drupal 8.4 continues to expand Drupal's support for web services that benefit decoupled sites and applications, including a 15% performance improvement for authenticated REST requests, expanded REST functionality, and developer-facing improvements.
Further details are available about each area in the 8.4.0 release notes.What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners
Update to 8.4.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release (8.4.1) is scheduled for November 1, 2017.
Updating your site from 8.3.7 to 8.4.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.3.6 to 8.3.7. If you use Drush, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before using it to update Drupal 8.3.7 to 8.4.0. Drupal 8.4.0 also has major updates to several dependencies, including Symfony, jQuery, and jQuery UI. Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.Drupal 7 site owners
Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8.
Most high-priority migrations from Drupal 7 to 8 are now available, but the migration path is still not complete, especially for multilingual sites, so you may encounter errors or missing migrations when you try to migrate. That said, since your Drupal 7 site can remain up and running while you test migrating into a new Drupal 8 site, you can help us stabilize the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path! Testing and bug reports from your real-world Drupal 7 sites will help us stabilize this functionality sooner for everyone. (Search the known issues.)Drupal 6 site owners
Drupal 6 is not supported anymore. Create a Drupal 8 site and try migrating your data into it as soon as possible. Your Drupal 6 site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your Drupal 6 data into your new Drupal 8 site. Core now provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data, but the migrations of multilingual functionality in particular are not complete. If you find a new bug not covered by the known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!Translation, module, and theme contributors
Minor releases like Drupal 8.4.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.4.0 release notes for more details on the improvements for developers in this release.
Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.3.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.4.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, and internal APIs (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.4.0 release candidate for more background information.
BADCamp is back and Hook 42 is embracing all the magical goodness! This year we are not only a proud sponsor of the largest free Drupal Camp, but we also have the awesome opportunity to share our expertise across several platforms. Join us at our Supercharged SEO & Accessibility training, the DevOps Summit, and four sessions.
This module is for connecting via OAuth to the Blackbaud SKY API
Once the client I built this for upgrades to D8, I will make a version then. Unless someone else wants to do it in the interim!
Today, we’re excited to announce the first stable version of our new Component Theming tool, Mannequin. We’ve been working on this for months now, and couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made.
Three days of sessions, discussions and meetings, one day for community, businesses, publishers and practices, and another day of code sprints - Drupalcon Vienna was a blast! It was very special experience for all our team members to have Drupalcon in town and we are proud to be among the supports of the event.
Here is a summary of our take-aways of the con:Headless Drupal
As an example of how such a modern infrastructure could look like, kurier.at gave an insight of their system.
Adam Zielinski (CTO Telekurier Online Medien GmbH), © Amazee Labs
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Andrew Macpherson, Théodore Biadala and Kristen Pol are part of the core accessibility team and it's always interesting to see what Drupal has achieved in all those years adressing persons with disabilities. The team briefly talked about some components of accessibility and the recent core accessibility improvements and what challenges they are facing. They gave half of their time room for discussions, which was very enlighning and informative. For instance automated testing can only cover around 40% of all accessibility issues. To get reliable test results many testss need to be done by real persons.
Another highly interesting, mind opening talk by Everett Zufelt was about how even little changes to the code can have a huge impact on a site's accessibility. Bringing in just a little more structure and semantic by using a wide variety of the available HTML5 tags, instead of just using <div> and <span>, is a big step forward for people depending on screen readers. The presentation also featured a list of good and bad examples which obstacles can be found and how most of them can be easiliy eliminated.
Andrew Macpherson, Théodore Biadala, Kristen Pol, © Amazee Labs
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Session: Core Accessibility: How are we doing, and what can we do better?
NYPL Design Toolkit
Manuel Matuzovic: Writing CSS with Accessibility in Mind
The current administration theme in Drupal 8 looks nearly the same as in Drupal 7. No large improvements have been made in Drupal 8. Although there is an initiative starting on developing a new administration them (with React) this approach will take some time before it will be part of Drupal core. However, there is already a modern administration theme on the way: eleven.
The eleven Administration Theme should be a modern way of how an administration should look like and behave with CSS variables, CSS grid and other CSS techniques supported in most modern browsers. As this is not intended for a wider audience and addresses solely administrators and editors backward compatibility with older browsers is not implemented.
There is also an own subchannel in the Drupal slack channel for the eleven theme.
Morten Birch, © Amazee Labs
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With UI Patterns it should be easy to get rid of the templates folder in the theme and connect the display of a field to a template in the administration backend directly. Advantages are a better overview and less Twig files.
The Thunder team organized a BoF about "Landing Pages and Layouts" which lead to an interesting discussion on how layouts can be implemented in Drupal, as well as the tools & modules needed for editors to be able to have the necessary "content blocks" available for building good landing pages.
During the keynote, Dries has shown a demo of the new Layout Builder, which is currently worked on for inclusion in Drupal 8.5. As Tim Plunkett noted there will be an upgrade path of panelizer to the new layout builder in core, so panelizer can be considered a future-proof solution for layouts right now.
Driesnote at DrupalCon Vienna 2017, © Amazee Labs
Amazee.io demo-ed lagoon, their fully open-source docker production system. It's powered by docker compose, kubernetes and openshift and nice CLI and UI tools are planned for it. This and the branch-ed based auto-creation of new environments make it an interesting development that could be the base for the next version of our in-house docker CI system, which is able to create test-sites per feature-branch including initialized content. Amazing stuff! ;)
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Introducing Lagoon, amazee.io’s fully open source Docker in Production system
Recently I was lucky enough to catch a workshop by Brian Sinclair entitled 'Accessibility: The Basics and Beyond'. The workshop was part of the DinosaurJS conference in Denver CO.
Pricing tables play a crucial role in helping your website’s visitors visualize and compare the different features your pricing plans offer. Online shoppers are pickier than real-life ones and they do more research before making a purchase. With this in mind, you need to make use of every possible advantage to make your profits grow. Pricing Table apps are an extra incentive to make buyers act, so choosing the right one can generate improved conversion rates.
The Pagerer module provides additional preset styles for Drupal standard pages and Views. It is a very simple module with styling options for everyone.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a pager to a View with Pagerer. Let's get started.
The Layout Config Block module use the layout system to produce a block that contains other blocks using a layout.
This module provides Appreciation Engine Widget support for social signup.
Drupal 8.4 is out now, and it contains new media handling features.
For many years, Drupal has shipped with almost no media handling. This was the most commonly requested feature whenever we did Drupal training.
If you missed it, here's our overview of everything new in Drupal 8.4. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to use Drupal's new media options.
Pseudo Title creates a pseudo field that can be used to move up and down the content of the title in the same administration page where the display of other fields are managed.
The problem that this module addresses is that Drupal 8 doesn't show the Title field in the /admin/structure/types/manage/[CONTENT_TYPE]/display page. Therefore; if your page layout requires that the title of a node in full-view be placed after the output of other fields, then you have to do it by other means.