Recent Blog Posts

By Dylan Shields on 25/02/2013

Jump to SVGs in Inkscape.

Jump to Tables in Scribus.

As a company that focuses most of our attention on developing websites, we haven't done a great job of keeping up with the desktop publishing side of computing. There can be a fair bit of crossover, as far as design approach and content structure, but there are also some major differences between preparing content for online consumption vs a nicely designed hard copy layout for any given document.

I've spent the last...

By Mike Gifford on 13/02/2013

We were happy to see that at the end of 2012, the main website for the Government of Ontario(GoO) moved to Drupal 7.  Their new site demonstrates that it is possible to have a visually interesting site that meets the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).  Many folks reading this blog post will know that the AODA requires a wide range of organizations within Ontario to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA). WCAG is an International standard organized...

By Dylan Shields on 22/01/2013

Check out Part 1 of my adventures in California.
Or, I you have already heard about Day 1, check out Part 2 of the series.

Day 3 at BADCamp started out very much the same as my first two mornings in the Bay Area. I headed out early, made my way East through the waking streets of San Francisco, and hopped aboard the BART Train to Berkely, muffin in hand. I arrived at the now familiar campus of UC Berkeley and made my way to the Pauley Ballroom with a bit of time to spare before...

By Mike Gifford on 21/01/2013

We've been strategizing, evaluating & deploying the Government of Canada's (GoC) Drupal 7 Web eXperience Toolkit (WxT) since it was first released over a year ago.  We've implemented this for government agencies inside & outside the GoC because it is clear that so many agencies need to meet the dual challenge of a site which is both bilingual & accessible. 

The Drupal Variant of the Web eXperience Toolkit is an open platform for web publishing which has a critical mass of...

By Dylan Shields on 07/01/2013

Check out Part 1 of my adventures in California.

Apart from a simpler trip from San Francisco to Berkeley, day 2 of BADCamp started out much the same as day 1. The Mobile Summit was held in the same room as the UI/UX Summit. The morning's sessions were presented by John Albin Wilkins (of Zen fame) and Sam Richard, a front-end developer who currently works for NBC Universal. John's presentation was an update on the status of Drupal 8's Mobile Initiative and an overall perspective on...

By Mike Gifford on 19/12/2012

Happy Holidays!

The team at OpenConcept would like to wish our clients, our suppliers, our partners and contributors all the best in 2013.  

It's been another exciting year for us, as we've continued to engage with the Drupal community, welcomed aboard some new team members and contributed to some very exciting projects, including the Heritage Canada Foundation, Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, Cable Public Affairs Channel, and the City of Ottawa.

This past year, we'...

By Jesse Payne on 19/11/2012

My first Drupal Camp Toronto experience is sadly over. There was a whole lot to absorb and although I found that I did learn a few new things, the most beneficial part of the conference for me was the inspiration I gained from others. I met many kindred spirits and future partners in crime. It was really interesting to learn about some of the initiatives that others are pushing forward. Overall I would say that Drupal Camp Toronto 2012 was a great event and really well organized. I would...

By Dylan Shields on 12/11/2012

In mid-September 2012, we at OC heard about an upcoming Drupal event at the University of California at Berkeley called Bay Area Drupal Camp (or BADCamp). I'd been to the Bay Area the previous summer to attend the wedding of a long-time friend and my wife and I just fell in love with the area, so when the opportunity to travel back to that part of the world arose, I jumped at it. I quickly contacted my friends (who live right in the heart of San Francisco) and offered to buy them dinner....

By Mike Gifford on 06/11/2012

This a really exciting time to be working with government on open source projects.  Yesterday we saw the launch of The Open Source Alliance of Canada (OSACan)  is a Non-Profit established to encourage public sector IT managers, executives and their technology partners to explore, adopt and contribute to open source technologies. 

Today we spent the day talking to government IT professionals and were very encouraged by the interest and knowledge about open source in general &...

By Jesse Payne on 15/10/2012

What can I say? rules are a priceless asset when it comes to customizing the functionality of a Drupal site without having to actually code anything. If you embrace them, you will live happier and stress free. Okay, probably an impossible statement considering our field of work, but I have found that knowing how to take advantage of rules effectively inside and out gives me a huge advantage I didn't feel I had before. I have been able to save time, build complex systems faster, and most of...