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Benjamin Melançon

Slick top-level-domain style URLs for your local development sites on Ubuntu (and Mac OS X running Ubuntu in a VM)

In order for the cool myprojectname.dev style addresses for sites you are developing locally (rather than 127.0.0.1/myprojectname) from my Mac OS X environment as well as Ubuntu running in a virtual machine, this method uses the IP address available locally that you can find out by typing ifconfig in a shell terminal. It's what follows the text "inet". With luck that is a stable IP address, running in bridged mode (i think) with VMWare Fusion this seems to be working so far. The problem with bridged mode is that it only works with your own internet connection.

Add a subsection class to Drupal page body for theming Views and other parts of a site that can be defined by parts of the path

I had wanted to add the name of the view with its display to the body classes (Views apparently provides everything but that combination, and not all browsers we need to support deal with matching on two sibling classes). Looked in Zen for how to do it first though and as a consequence saw a way to add new sub-section body class with the first two parts of each URL.

This goes in your zen subtheme's implementation of preprocess page:

Customize breadcrumbs (for node_gallery module, using custom_breadcrumbs module)

Here is how i customized the breadcrumbs for galleries to remove the username, building on the documentation at http://drupal.org/node/544748#breadcrumbs and contributing back to that page what you see below:

Mysterious insertion of paragraph tag (in DOM only, not in code) inside span

.section-aboutus .date-display-single {
  color:#2d95c1;
}

.section-aboutus .date-display-single p { margin:0px; padding:0px; }

Can that second CSS rule call the p tag into being?

Definitely one of the freakiest things I've seen. The source code contained no p tag within the span. The code shown by Firebug and Safari's inspector both had the the paragraph tag.

Actual source code:

<p>Tri Star Pictures <span class="date-display-single">2009</span></p>

Make modifications to a sidebar block menu that primarily mirrors top-level drop-down menu

Using the magic of menu block (dev) and menu attributes.

theming menus
drupal menu theming

Another great reason to use Menu Block - the menu block alter function.

JavaScript Bookmarklet to open a web site's path in a new window with a different base URL

This is useful when manually checking each page on a site to the corresponding page on a replacement site, as the final check before taking the new site live.

Starting with the basic Drupal.org documentation-style JavaScript, and hacked at it:

Check for duplicate titles of a node with AJAX to warn immediately before entering more data or submitting

Attached is a custom module that piggybacks on Unique Field and steals most of its other code from username_checkUsername Check.

Commit message: "Working Unique Field AJAX enhancement for node titles. Pretty sweet. It doesn't take away the duplicate warning when you change the title to not be duplicate, but it does change to a green checkmark (courtesy of the username_check module from which I also stole most of the code)."

Below, tales from

See all path aliases for a node

Now a module! http://drupal.org/project/showaliases

drupal show all paths
drupal show all paths for a node
show alias
aliases
paths
drupal module list aliases

Show path aliases to nodes in other languages
http://groups.drupal.org/node/24171

Clean up and rationalize Drupal core Taxonomy Term Add and Edit form

I can't believe no one has done this!

Simplify the taxonomy interface for administrators by removing the taxonomy related terms box...

drupal taxonomy hide related terms
drupal form tweaks remove related terms

The commit message upon completion...

"Clean taxonomy term add / edit form by removing related terms and moving parents from the closed advanced fieldset to the open identification fieldset if the vocabulary has already been made hierarchical."

And the code:

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