Drupal Case Study Project: Promotional Documentation Development

I'd like to announce a multi case study project taking place in my Business Writing class here at Purdue, which aims to develop a formal promotional report for Drupal. This project is part of the OSDDP project at Purdue (see Charlie's post at http://drupal.org/node/11553 ).

This project will produce a detailed profile / case study document about each of the six profile types of Drupal websites (at http://drupal.org/cases ) and to produce a formal report, including recommendations of the use of Drupal to potential clients.

Drupal 4.5.0 released

The Drupal team is proud to announce the final release of Drupal 4.5.0! Some of the key changes since Drupal 4.4.2 include:

  • Tab based user interface
  • Configurable menus
  • Multiple roles per user
  • Document/image uploads
  • Node-level permissions
  • Improved locale support
  • Anonymous comments
  • Theme system improvements
  • Customizable user profiles
  • Usability improvements
  • Configurable input formats
  • Performance improvements

For a complete list of the major changes, please consult the CHANGELOG.

Drupal.org gets a make-over

For Drupal 4.5 one of our action points was improving the Drupal.org site itself. As well as making information easier to find for users, we wanted to make the site friendlier for people who are new to Drupal. As part of this, a new look was designed for Drupal.org. The style, called Bluebeach, was inspired by the Bluemarine Xtemplate and was designed by me, Steven Wittens.

In order to keep Bluebeach as a unique style for Drupal.org, the theme will not be made available for download.

OSDDP: A New Drupal Site and Open Content Project

I'd like to announce a new Drupal community and documentation project, Purdue University's Open Source Development and Documentation Project (OSDDP). Sponsored by the Professional Writing Program at Purdue, OSDDP is a community of almost 200 instructors and students from business and professional writing classes working together on a variety of projects:

Drupal 4.6 battle plans

With Drupal 4.5 around the corner, it is time to start talking about Drupal 4.6. If you plan to work on something, or to contribute to Drupal in one way or another, please share your personal battle plan in the comments. We are merely interested in what you plan to contribute, rather than what you'd like other people to work on. So please do not post personal wishlists and read on for more information.

Drupal translation made easy

One of the many new features of the upcoming Drupal 4.5.0 release is an improved localization system (locale.module). It provides an easy-to-use interface to upload translated strings into Drupal's user interface using the popular GNU gettext PO format. This will enable users to share their translations and distribute the effort of translating Drupal.

Information on what PO files are and how to use them is provided in the newly created Translator's guide section of the Drupal handbook.


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