Last updated October 18, 2012.
Spark is an initiative announced by Dries Buytaert at DrupalCon Denver, and focuses on authoring experience improvements for Drupal. We spent the months before DrupalCon Munich prototyping in the Drupal 7 version of the Spark distribution, and now we're focusing on Drupal 8.
We are trying to change the game and ship Drupal 8 core with a default authoring experience at par or better than both open source and proprietary competitors. Join us! Here's what we're working on, and where you can help.
How to get involved?
- We hang out in IRC on #drupal-contribute and #drupal-usability.
- We use the "Spark" issue tag to note the Drupal core issues we're actively working on.
- Team leads are identified below; ping them if you'd like to help with code and/or reviews. If you don't know who to ping, ping webchick. :)
- We work in two-week "scrums." If you want to know what we're working on at any given time, subscribe to this issue for updates.
Meet the team
|King of WYSIWYG||Mobile-licious||Layout-o-rama||Creative Juices||Chief Prototyper||Tester of ALL THE THINGS|
|Wim Leers||jessebeach||Gábor Hojtsy||Kevin "tkoleary" O'Leary||prestonso||Dharmesh "dcmistry" Mistry|
Past focus: Before DrupalCon Munich (Aug. 2012)
From the time the Spark initiative was announced in May 2012 until DrupalCon Munich in August 2012, the Spark team focused on competitive analysis, design, and development of the following content authoring features on Drupal 7, to act as a prototype for D8 core improvements:
- "True" WYSIWYG
- We worked closely with the Aloha Editor team to create a custom build for Drupal in the Aloha module.
- In-place Editing
- The Edit module allows content authors to edit their site's content directly from the front end, without the need to go to the administrative back-end and lose context.
- Responsive Layouts
- The Layout module provides a GUI for building responsive layouts at various breakpoint sizes (mobile, tablet, desktop, custom), as well as a mobile preview bar to see how a site will look at various screen resolutions.
- Mobile-friendly Toolbar
- The Mobile friendly navigation toolbar ("navbar") module provides a navigation menu that works well on desktops and mobile devices alike.
- New admin theme
- Taking the existing core Seven theme as a base, the Ember theme provides a number of nice cosmetic improvements.
These modules are all available to try out in the Spark distribution (both D7 and D8).
Drupal 7 development is largely on hold atm while we focus on making Drupal 8 core the best it can be!
Current focus: Before Feature Freeze (Dec. 1, 2012)
"True" WYSIWYG in Core
This refers to the ability to edit your site's content as it appears on the page, with your site's styling and full site context.
Aloha Editor in Core
Spark's Edit module adds inline editing capability to Drupal, a feature that's growing more and more common in competing products (Symfony CMF, Plone, CQ5, etc.). Once Aloha Editor is in as a base, we hope to introduce this functionality to D8 core.
* : Backbone.js in core would allow us to reduce the custom JS in Edit module quite significantly.
* : And to that end, we've begun porting the Edit module to Backbone.
Additionally, here are some issues we are not actively working on, but are hoping to see get committed before we attempt this feature in D8, since it would streamline our code quite significantly:
* : Need to check access on entities/fields to know if a user should be able to edit them.
* : Necessary for clean inline editing; otherwise we essentially have to duplicate other forms.
* : Necessary for clean inline editing; otherwise we essentially have to duplicate formatters.
* : Currently this information is in the theme layer, and it's tricky because it's two properties displayed together.
* : This would allow us to leverage real dates rather than janky fake dates, like 'Authored by'.
* : This allows for real references and not janky fake references, like 'Author'.
The mobile revolution is here, and Drupal needs to be ready. Below is just a subset of the most critical issues for content authors we're planning to focus on; there are many more under the "mobile" issue tag.
* http://drupal.org/files/drupal-drupal-7-toolbar-on-iphone.png on a mobile device.
* : Makes it possible to administer content (more) easily from a mobile device.
* : Consolidate lots of options under a single dropdown for more consolidation of space. Extra bonus: Helps the Views in Core initiative!
* : Switch between layouts of the toolbar based on media queries.
Things we are not able to actively work on, but nevertheless really want to see happen:
Tag-teaming with the Blocks and Layouts initiative, we are hoping to lay the foundational work required to support layouts in core, using the existing blocks system (later building on the "smart blocks" capability being worked on by EclipseGc).
Plumbing: Dynamic layout support
These issues are being tracked under the Dynamic layouts tag, and include:
Responsive layout builder in core
Spark's Layout module provides a GUI for a responsive layout designer. We are hoping to move this capability into Drupal core once additional clean-up work is done.
*: Backbone.js in core (or similar) would allow us to reduce the custom JS in Layout module quite significantly.
In the meantime, here are some enabling issues we are hoping get into D8 core while we're focused on other features.
Before Code Freeze (Apr. 1, 2013)
- Numerous clean-ups to Aloha Editor, working upstream with Gentics
- Expanding basic Layout UI to incorporate contextual blocks (assuming this gets into core).
- Propose minor cosmetic improvements to the Seven theme that were prototyped in Ember.
Before Release (Sep. 2013)