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This website is composed of information connected through taxonomy. It is simultaneously a proof-of-concept and a means to allow Agaric to share and store information both within the collective and the world as part of our open documentation philosophy.

Ask Agaric: Starting out theming in Drupal

Totally deprecated, we now generally recommend starting with http://drupal.org/project/zen

Finding out how to theme in Drupal is not as self-explanatory as one might hope. One experienced designer e-mailed us:

So I've been looking around the Drupal site. Just to be sure of the type of coding that I am doing, tell me if I'm on the right track:

The site needs to be coded in HTML using 'div' tags instead of 'table' and CSS.

Totally deprecated, we now generally recommend starting with http://drupal.org/project/zen

Finding out how to theme in Drupal is not as self-explanatory as one might hope. One experienced designer e-mailed us:

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Ask Agaric: Event Module and Node Types

Q: For the record, what's the difference between a plain vanilla Event and an Event-enabled CCK content type?

A: Event can (more or less) work with any node type. A reason for using a CCK node (say, content_event) instead of the event module's default node type would be the ease of adding fields--

Q: For the record, what's the difference between a plain vanilla Event and an Event-enabled CCK content type?

A: Event can (more or less) work with any node type. A reason for using a CCK node (say, content_event) instead of the event module's default node type would be the ease of adding fields--

  • A small box labeled description in place of the large box labeled body
  • A venue field, or a food field
  • Most worthwhile reason to switch: a 'price' or 'price range' field

Amazing Auction Enhancements

Updated to work with E-commerce Version 3 for Drupal 4.7
Files at bottom of post. Sorry about that folks! Module still Amazing Things specific in places, needs to be ported to 5 and cleaned up. Sponsors?

2008 Autumn Auction Season Update

On the Horizon for Agaric Design: Cooler than Web 2.0

As someone wise said (actually, the British actor Michael Caine), "Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath."

So what might be coming up to the surface for Agaric (and perhaps the Internet)?  Here's a few technologies and standards we're getting into:

Nerd Tip of the Month: Mac OS X opendiff command (MergeFiles)

Mac OSX's graphical enhancement of the unix diff command, opendiff (part of the optional free add-on developer tools) can be accessed through terminal like so:

Ebony-697:~/Web Sites Data/LinkLocus/Power2Exchange/css ben$ opendiff style_old.css style_new.css

(You can also grab the files through a graphical interface through [volume]/Developer/Applications/Utilities/FileMerge)

Key, poorly documented commands:

The Little Things in Life: Basic Drupal Site Set-up

Two little extras to make a new Drupal installation that extra little bit better (it's the Agaric way):

  • Put a robots.txt in root.
  • Put favicon.ico in root, even if it's already somewhere else or called something else.

And some contributed (third-party, non-Drupal-core) modules:

Two little extras to make a new Drupal installation that extra little bit better (it's the Agaric way):

  • Put a robots.txt in root.
  • Put favicon.ico in root, even if it's already somewhere else or called something else.

And some contributed (third-party, non-Drupal-core) modules:

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Making a Good First Impression – Quickly

"Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye: Potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds," Michael Hopkin reported in Nature on 2006 January 13.

A study by researchers in Canada has shown that the snap decisions Internet users make about the quality of a web page have a lasting impact on their opinions.

Can the blind see your web site? Don't get sued! Hire Agaric Design

NOTE: The campaign of fear tactics used to gain and hold power by so many rulers, notably in the United States in this poor young millennium, is utterly and completely condemned in all circumstances except with regards to our own financial gain.

Is your web site accessible to the blind and visually-impaired?  You might want to make sure it is after you read this NewStandard In Other News summary:

Would you refer us to a friend?

That's the gold standard we strive for. And the approach is backed by the research of a university with a multi-billion dollar endowment. Excerpt from a Harvard Business Review article (the full thing costs $7) here:

Agaric Does

What can Agaric Design do? Agaric Design can do most anything you can imagine, and more.

Our satisfied clients include nonprofit organizations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, high-tech professionals, musicians, artists, journalists, consultants, activists, and families. Oh, and regular folk who just want a web site of their own!