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Now available — EndNote Web via ISI Web of Science at Rhodes University News

22/12/2006 Leave a comment

Now available — EndNote Web via ISI Web of Science
This is brilliant – now if only we could do this from connotea or citeulike – who’s going to write a plugin for Word or OpenOffice for these?

Node (key)words | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

Node (key)words | drupal.org
Extremely useful for delivering relevant keywords to search engines. Probably add lists of synonyms into these for accepted names? Also need to work out how to tell google that a name is a synonym (you can search for synonyms in google by adding a tilde (~) as a precursor to your search term.

This module allows you to set some meta tags for each node.
Giving more attention to the important keywords and/or description on some of your nodes allows you to get better search engine positioning (given that you really only provide the keywords which exist in the node body itself, and do not try to lie).

Categories:useful modules

Microformats | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

Microformats | drupal.org
Microformats are one of the trendy new things taking the web by storm and allow users to easily interact with webpages and extract data for their own purposes – eg add events to own calendar.

Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.

This module is similar to the idea of CCK, but rather than allow the creation of custom content types, the module allows the development of set microformats such as hCard and hCalendar, with scope for the addition of other content types.

This project is still currently in an alpha stage, with a design of the database required first. Input will include JS elements such as a pickable calendar, and output will be both in XHTML format for display, as well as XHTML that can be copied and pasted.
Current Working Modules

* MicroID Module – Dynamicly generates a MicroID hash from a node authors email and the URL of the node. This module then generates a meta tag with the MicroID, and using jQuery also add’s the MicroID to the node’s class.

Link | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

Link | drupal.org

Linking to external data

A CCK content field which lets you add a complete link to your content types; including URL, title, and optionally a target attribute.

Requires the content module (CCK).

The link module is a one-stop content link “field” type for CCK. It provides three fields to an authorized user:

* URL (textfield)
* Title (textfield)
* Open New Window (checkbox)
* Add rel=nofollow attribute

“Title” and “Open New Window” can be optionally enabled or disabled when setting up the content field.

If you were to create a field named ‘My New Link’, the default display of the link would be:

where items between # characters would be customized based on the user input.

Categories:useful modules

jRating | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

jRating | drupal.org
Allow ‘peer review’ of the descriptions / data in GrassBase.

This module uses jQuery to produce accessible rating forms for nodes.

With javascript disabled, the rating uses a standard form; with javascript enabled, an image-based (eg star) rating is submitted dynamically.

The current average rating is displayed alongside the rating form and a themed views field allows rating results to be displayed in views.

Development of this module was sponsored by Nature Publishing Group and Jason Bahn.

Internationalization | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

Internationalization | drupal.org

Worth implementing for broad user base

This is a collection of modules to add multi-lingual capabilities to Drupal sites. Provides content translation -nodes and taxonomy-, interface translation for anonymous users -with the locale module- and browser language detection. Includes a block for language selection and manages translation relationships for nodes and taxonomy terms.

Highlight | drupal.org

19/12/2006 Leave a comment

Highlight | drupal.org

Helpful for user experience in GrassBase – find words relevant to search results.

This module allows for the highlighting of terms within a page. It supports highlight from the search results page automatically and allows for the crafting of URLs which have terms for highlighting in them.

Module currently supports 4.7.4, 5.0 support is in the works.

An example url might look like

http://www.example.org/?q=node/34&highlight=first,second

Occurrences of “first” and “second” would be highlighted in the page.