Amnesty using Drupal

Rob Purdie just announced that Amnesty International relaunched on Drupal. Check it out at ...

Amnesty international

It looks like Drupal's localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n) features were used to translate the website into 3 languages; an Arabic translation is available as well. (Arabic is written predominantly right-to-left which, frankly, is funny to watch but hard to implement in a CMS.)

Roughly a week ago, Wim Mostrey from CivicActions already gave a sneak preview of the new Amnesty Interational site at Barcamp Brussels. One remarkable fact that I'd would like to learn more about is the integration with Alfresco, an Open Source document management system written in Java.


Zohar (not verified):

Actually the right-to-left implementation is more of a challenge in matters of theming.

When it comes to translation, however, the great power of i18n is revealed. Though not yet 100% satisfying, it is already a gift to developers and content managers, to be able to translate content, menus and terms, and to be able to propose the contents of a site in few languages.

Here in Israel, we have a bunch of spoken languages - Hebrew, English, Arabic, Rusian, Amharic (Ethiopian language)... So the internationalization features are a necessity, and are often used in Drupal sites, or better put - Drupal is chosen more and more as a platform, due to it's capabilities in this area.

December 10, 2007 - 14:27
Rob Purdie (not verified):

Hi Dries!

The Drupal/Alfresco integration is pretty amazing, yes - I should get Sam Lerner of CivicActions and/or Damon Rand of Amnesty to explain how it works and what it's doing.


December 10, 2007 - 21:47
StephTheGeek (not verified):

My husband Chris and I are the themers at CivicActions on this project, and RTL was certainly a new challenge! Even more tricky though was having the site at a fluid width, down to 800x600, IE6 compatibility, working with assets and CiviCRM, etc. RTL felt like the massive obstacle at the beginning, but actually it's not that tough once you get going. Although there were moments I wanted to kill both Safari and IE6....

We'll be writing up a theming-specific case study on the nifty stuff going on behind the scenes here to bring the theme to life. It's a simple looking design at first glance, but there's a lot happening.

The whole team has worked hard for these past months and we're very proud!

December 11, 2007 - 01:02
Anonymous (not verified):

As a theme designer I have always have problem with Drupal because the default theme is just written for left to right and sometimes I must change the html tags which used in core files to change the Behavior.
It would be good if drupal cares more about rtl languages. My language is Persian and its like Arabic language start from right!

December 12, 2007 - 15:52
Wim Mostrey (not verified):

Drupal 6 will offer a great deal of RTL-support in Core. In fact, there are now 2 issues in the critical queue that are RTL-related. Drupal 6 will not see the light before these are fixed. So rest assured that your feedback is taken at heart.

December 12, 2007 - 17:22
Philippe (not verified):

It seems that a site of amnesty belgium also runs on Drupal.

December 13, 2007 - 19:41
Anonymous (not verified):

Wow, this is, by far, the fastest big Drupal-based site I've seen to date. I want to know more about the Alfresco integration as well!

December 19, 2007 - 23:56
Anonymous (not verified):

Yet another here wanting to know as much as possible about the Drupal integration with Alfresco! Is it simply integrated with file attachments or is it a full-on integration of all media assets and other services wrapped around the Alfresco repository?

More info needed desperately!

March 24, 2008 - 16:41
Jan (not verified):

Me too would like to learn/see more about the Drupal/Alfresco integration. Do you have any reference here please ?

April 8, 2008 - 14:12
ASG (not verified):

Another vote for more info on Drupal/Alfresco integration. Please!

May 1, 2008 - 21:25
PaulK (not verified):

Details of your Drupal and Alfresco integration would be very much appreciated.

We need to bridge the gap between the two and despite a handful of Google Summer of Code projects that address the issue(s) of document management, .doc/.docx/.odf/even .pdf conversion to XHTML/XML, and Drupals powerful taxonomy are the killer combination that many of us have been waiting for.

May 12, 2008 - 03:27
bakımlıyız (not verified):

Yet another here wanting to know as much as possible about the Drupal integration with Alfresco! Is it simply integrated with file attachments or is it a full-on integration of all media assets and other services wrapped around the Alfresco repository?

More info needed desperately!

May 17, 2008 - 13:52
dwilson (not verified):

+1 on Drupal/Alfresco integration details!

June 10, 2008 - 01:02
stever (not verified):

Another vote for Drupal/Alfresco integration. As soon as possible please. We're doing RFP for a new portal/cms project.

June 23, 2008 - 21:38
ableeker (not verified):

another one here for the integration - would really be happy to have this integration working soon.

June 24, 2008 - 16:57
LeeHunter (not verified):

Fascinating to see the number of people crying out for a way to integrate Alfresco and Drupal (count me in as well). Sounds like there's an opportunity for someone there.

July 3, 2008 - 21:41
Heimo Laukkanen (not verified):

Yeah, here is another one looking for more info on integration .-D

August 18, 2008 - 18:46
Anonymous (not verified):

++1 on Drupal/Alfresco integration details! ;)

November 4, 2008 - 11:33
Jan (not verified):

Reecently Joomla and Alfresco released a integration based on CMIS. Maybe this is a good thing to look at for a similar way of integration ?

December 17, 2008 - 09:12
Anonymous (not verified):

A new Drupal 6.x module was contributed last week that integrates Alfresco and Drupal. Check it out at:
I'm not involved in it's development, but I'm going to be trying it out!

January 23, 2009 - 05:23

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