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Drupalcon Day 1 continued

I made a stab at live blogging with the usability session, but I think it will work better for me just to jot down the random points that particularly strike me at the time, and fill in more thoughts later. Hopefully most if not all sessions will be on video, so there's no need to be a scribe...

Usability

Report from formal Drupal usability testing at the University of Minnesota Libraries

The target for this round of testing was "sub-admins" familiar with other content management systems. They were exposed to Drupal 6 with CCK. Eye-tracking data was gathered, and we saw the animated results - not very pretty.

Cyrve

I'm pleased to announce that I am joining Moshe Weitzman in Cyrve. Our specialty is content migration and transformation - the grunge work of fitting old information into new holes.

Past projects of mine
 

XML -> Mobile-compliant XHTML

I produced a mobile-compatible website for delivering 2008 U.S. Presidential election results to hand-held devices. This involved modifying the Drupal FeedAPI module (at that time still in beta) to read custom fields in addition to standard RSS fields (patch submitted).

As a follow-up project, in two days I created a system to take XML feeds of raw election data and produce mobile-compatible XHTML pages to present the results, for live updates on Super Tuesday. This system included a templating system so the client could easily style it to their own needs (they reported it took half an hour with my delivered system to complete the theming and customization), and has remained in operation through subsequent primary elections.

Relevant links for migration

Just quickly dropping a couple of interesting links here, to check out:

Potential RDF use cases for Drupal

Deployment and Change Management - a Framework

 

Drupal update

Did a good day's work, between the soon-to-be-updated Christ Church Unity site and token module debugging. That'll be the last significant Drupal work until after Drupalcon, however, as I'll be heading off to sunny Arizona on Wednesday...

 

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