[development] Early Drupal 6 review from Chris Messina

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Sat Nov 10 18:44:47 UTC 2007

On Saturday 10 November 2007, Dries Buytaert wrote:
> > > This review is quite complete, but it's a 'blogger' review, not a
> > > cms.. all the comments are "blog" oriented, and in somehow.. i's far
> >
> > Thanks for saying that. It is exactly how I felt about it, too.
> - A lot of people come to Drupal from a blogging background.
> - A lot of what Chris said is valid for non-blogging contexts.
> Drupal 6 is what will be used in 2008 and possibly part of 2009.  A
> *lot* of people will bump in exactly the issues that Chris
> highlighted. Let's not classify this feedback as irrelevant -- it's
> some of the most valuable usability feedback we've had in months.
> If people with a different background provide us feedback, we should
> also take that into account.

I'd say about a quarter of what he lists is fairly simple usability tweaks 
that should be easy to do.  (String changes, reorder fields, etc.)  Unless 
we're at string freeze, I don't see why we can't do those.

Some comments are only useful in the context of being a WordPress clone (eg, 
enable blogapi and throttle by default); those, honestly, core should ignore 
and leave to a blogging profile.

Some are already in progress.  (Any of the drag-and-drop ordering stuff.)

Some might be worth considering in 7, but it's too late in D6 for it (in-core 
calendar picker).  

Some have a very good reason for being what they are, but honestly the reason 
is too technical to explain in the UI.  (e.g., hyphens aren't allowed in 
internal names because internal names become function names in the code, and 
hyphens can't be function names.)

Overall I think between a third and a half of his comments can and should be 
addressed in D6, if we can focus on them.

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