Episode 11 "Standout, Stickynote, Format by Content, Modmaker, Collapse Blocks, Recall Ad"

This week on the Drupal Sandbox Podcast, I will highlight seven new modules in the sandbox.

Let's get started with the first one, Standout.

This module uses a google specific link, aptly named <standout>. I blogged about this tag as well.

This project is designed to provide a simple implementation of Google's "standout" link tag; see: http://googlenewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/recognizing-publishers-stando... and http://www.google.com/support/news_pub/bin/answer.py?answer=191283.

From the latter:

If your news organization breaks a big story, or publishes an extraordinary work of journalism, you can indicate this by using the standout tag. When determining whether to use this tag for your own article, consider whether that article meets the following criteria:

Your article is an original source for the story.
Your organization invested significant resources in reporting or producing the article.
The article deserves special recognition.
You haven't used standout on your own articles more than seven times in the past week.

In addition, we strongly recommend citing standout articles from other publishers when your own article draws from that standout piece of journalism. When determining whether to use this tag to cite the work of others, consider the following criteria:

The publisher's article was the original source for the story you are now reporting.
The original source invested significant resources in reporting or producing the article.
You know that the original article deserves special recognition.

If a piece draws on multiple pieces of standout work, you can use the standout tag multiple times in the header of the article. Also, citing standout articles from other publishers does not count against the limit of seven self-citations per week.

If we find sites abusing the standout tag, we may, at our discretion, either ignore that site's tags or remove the site from Google News.

Next up is the Stickynote project.

This module simply creates a block with the ability to add, delete, and edit notes. Notes are stored on a per page basis can be made visible to certain roles like any other block. All of the notes, sitewide, can be viewed from the Manage page at admin/structure/stickynote/manage.

And then Formats by Content Type.

Allows you to set a default text format per content type.

Currently the drupal 7 version of the Better Formats module does not allow the setting of the default format by content or field.

This allows such settings until the Better Formats module includes such functionality.

Depends on Better Formats

Next is Modmaker

Modmaker is intented as a developer tool, allowing developers to quickly create a module skeleton to build from. It create a module fileset from a template.

Modmaker creates a module file set (.module, .install, .info) at a specified location (eg: sites/default/modules). FIles are pre-populated with common Drupal functions like hook_menu(), from a template file set.

The version 7 template fileset contains demonstraition menus (normal, tabbed, callback) and forms (simple, dynamic and ajax). The simple form demonstraites all the common types of elements, and is a great cheet-sheet.

The base template fileset is intended at a template template. A new template set can be created from any existing template set, the base template set containst the minimum amout of code so the developer can build up a template set with their favourite functions, etc.

Our next module is the Collapse Blocks module.

Users can collapse/expand blocks or regions. (e.g. right sidebar...)

We're almost done, but I like the Linked to Node module too.

This module shows all content that references the node that is about to deleted. It only shows a table on the deletion page. This module relies on core search and will not work without it enabled.

Our final module today is the Recall Ad module.

The module adds a page with advert to the site, the advert appears after the set number of page views on the site.

In the backend the following settings (admin/config/content/recall_ad) are available:

Frequency of occurrence settings:

the number of pages viewed on the site, after that a page with advert appears
the time of page displaying before return to the last requested page (in seconds)
Page look settings

a link to the image with the logo
the width and the height of the image
the background colour
the links above and under the advert
the advert code
Compatibility notes

The module is compatible with drupal 7.x



Thanks for joining me today, and as always if you have any modules you would like highlighted, just contact me.