Explicit Type Module



March 19, 2007

Well I got irritated earlier today because when editing nodes, it isn't always easy to see what kind of node type you are editing. I'm not the first person who thought it would be more usable if Drupal showed the node type when editing a node. You get the title nice and clear, but sometimes when troubleshooting it is actually important to be able to quickly see if something is a blog, a page, a story, a category or a container.

In any case, I did what you're supposed to do and submitted a bug report. Got a super quick response back suggesting that I write up a module to do it -- so I did.

It's not quite right, but it certainly demonstrates how quickly one can make some global changes to Drupal's interface.

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.