Internationalisation of documentation links

As the various localisations of CiviCRM get traction, the first localised versions of documentation pages begin to show up – and this brings us to the issue of how to internationalise these of the CiviCRM strings (texts) that contain links to documentation pages so that when a given string is translated to, say, German, it also refers to the German version of the documentation page (if such is present).

Mailing list subscription forms in Drupal blocks

The idea of creating a Drupal block containing a subscription form for a specific CiviMail mailing list (or for all of them) comes regularly on the forum, so I decided to try out how much work would it be to create one. It turns out this task is fairly simple, if one knows the proper URLs for CiviMail subscription pages. The URLs are of the form …civicrm/mailing/subscribe?reset=1 (for all mailing lists) and …civicrm/mailing/subscribe?reset=1&gid=X (for a mailing list with group id of X). For example, these two URLs point to subscription pages on our Drupal demo installation: (all mailing lists), (the Newsletter Subscribers list). If having a separate page is not really the best outcome, there’s a possibility of creating similar Drupal blocks. The simplest(?) way of doing this is to look at the sources of the above pages, strip them down as much as necessary and then create an HTML Dupal block from the resulting code.

CiviMail: PHP return channel solution coming in CiviCRM 2.2

I’m happy to report a PHP counterpart to imap2soap is coming in CiviCRM 2.2, so the handling of CiviMail’s return channel should be much easier in the future (ideally as simple as setting up a cronjob).

There are also other CiviMail improvements and changes in 2.2 (kudos to U.S. PIRG for their sponsorship!) which I plan to unveil in upcoming post(s), but let’s concentrate on the return channel for now.

CiviCamp Day Two

Today was the second (and, unfortunately, last) day of the SF CiviCamp.

The day started with Rob Thorne’s presentation on using CiviCRM 1.x contacts as CCK fields and his work on CiviNode. Given that in the meantime all of CiviCRM, CCK and Views released version 2s, the outcome of the discussion was that it’s best to rewrite this code from scratch.

Possible CiviCRM sessions on BADCamp 2008 – this October!

As most of the core CiviCRM team will be in San Francisco for this year’s Bay Area Drupal Camp, we’ve proposed two CiviCRM sessions: an introductory session on CiviCRM and its components for end-users, evaluators and administrators, and an advanced developer session on CiviCRM’s internal architecture, the use of APIs and general code overview of the project for developers.

Your input required for shaping up CiviCRM 2.1’s multilingual support

As my Google Summer of Code project went past its midterm evaluations, I’m happy to report that the core of the multilingualisation mechanism will be a part of the upcoming CiviCRM 2.1 release.

For CiviCRM 2.1, the multilingual support will be rather basic, but still quite usable. You’ll be able to add language switching to you CiviCRM install, and once you switch from one language to another, certain fields will be able to have different values.