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Will Patterson's picture

Getting Line Count (and Length) with JavaScript

JavaScript provides fantastic tools for dealing with HTML element positions, but when it comes to text nodes there are very few options. While determining the length of an individual line of text isn't a herculean task, it does require a little leg work. Because browsers parse the text children of HTML tags as a single text node, in order to calculate positioning within that text we need to split it up.

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Cool Tool Update - Optimizely and A/B testing

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to sit in on a demo of Optimizely, a website optimization software company. We’ve found tools like this to be extremely useful for Echo & Co. clients and wanted to share why.

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Peter Sax's picture

Storytelling With Maps Without Reinventing the Wheel

Project Aware is a global network of scuba divers mobilized to protect our oceans.

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Jesse Littlewood's picture

What Nonprofits Can Learn From the NYT Innovation Report

The leak-slash-release of the New York Times Innovation Report two months ago showed a company struggling to place an adequate focus on digital. Despite its intended focus on journalism, the report holds a number of lessons that nonprofits can apply to their own operations.

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Taking on Mississippi’s Divisions 50 Years Later: Why overcoming persistent inequality will require the internet

Fifty years ago, an exceptional effort gave a voice to African-American Mississippians that were not previously allowed to participate in the political process. Today, it will take online resources to ensure similar voices are better incorporated in Mississippi’s state policy environment.

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Courage, Sound Nerves, Stark Beauty

Ten years ago, in a coffee shop in Burlington, Vermont, we decided to start EchoDitto. At the time, we had no idea what we were doing. I can say without a trace of exaggeration the journey has required personal courage and sound nerves. And it has needed -- desperately -- stark beauty.

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Module Monday: View Modes by View

Here at Echo & Co., we make extensive use of the Display Suite module, which means that we also use a lot of view modes.

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Matt Morse's picture

You Don't Just Need a New Website

Many philanthropic organizations feel lost in the jungle of technology. They realize their technological path has tapered off in its efficacy, but changing digital strategy can seem intimidating or even dangerous.

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Introducing the new avac.org

I tend to be attracted to big causes. Heck, for many years I worked to eradicate the world of nuclear weapons, so big global issues don’t intimidate me. It makes sense then why I was quickly attracted to my client AVAC and their work to rid the world of AIDS.

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Alan Ivey's picture

OS X 10.9 Local Development Environment: Apache, PHP, and MySQL with Homebrew

There's nothing quite like setting up everything on your Mac for Drupal (or other PHP) development in a way that things just work and don't need constant fiddling. This guide will walk you through using Homebrew to install Apache, PHP, and MySQL for a "MAMP" development environment.

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