Just Vision



June 22, 2010

Just Vision is an organization that, through award-winning media, community outreach and an array of educational tools, informs, connects and engages people in Palestinian-Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently.  Screenshot of the Budrus site at Justvision.org

OpenConcept was lucky enough to work with this passionate organization to help them develop a truly unique Drupal-based website. Just Vision had previously implemented another CMS solution and as such, had an existent, complex database that linked interviews from a diverse selection of 'peacebuilders' on a variety of themes. Developing the appropriate taxonomies and linking interviews with themes, footnotes, glossary terms and profiles was challenging but something that Drupal was able to handle well using content types and taxonomies.

You can visit the Just Vision website at http://www.justvision.org

The more challenging aspects of developing the Just Vision site revolved around the Arabic/Hebrew text, which required the use of Tendu(right-to-left Drupal theme). We used the Internationalization module to handle the multilingual content, which worked quite well. However, there were many other areas of the website for which translation proved difficult. Menus, blocks, CCK fields, views, string and taxonomy terms all needed translation and often had different modules for each.

If you are interested in multilingual Drupal development, send us an email and we'd be happy to have a chat! Here is a list of the modules that were used for translation:

  • Block translation
  • CCK translation
  • Content type translation
  • Internationalization
  • Localization client
  • Menu translation
  • String translation
  • Taxonomy translation
  • Translation overview
  • Language sections
  • Select translation
  • Views translation

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.