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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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Jesse Littlewood's picture

Scaling Up Social Change

Is there a secret of scale?

Most organizations want to grow larger, become more powerful, and have a bigger impact on policy and social issues. Yet only some do. How have the most successful civic organizations grown to scale?

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

3 Reasons to Attend The Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC

When you are in the trenches doing this work inside an organization, it often feels like you are the only one in the world who speaks the language. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are hundreds if not thousands of people out there struggling with institutional structure and paralysis, or budget woes, or wearing multiple hats, or identifying effective strategies and tools.

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

Building Your Engagement Team

As the digital and social spaces have reached maturity, we’re finally seeing organizations invest significant time and money in their digital teams. At the heart of what makes all efforts undertaken by digital teams effective is engagement. If you want your team to be successful, you need to be thinking about building an Engagement Team. We’ve put together some thoughts from our last year of working on building these teams with our clients.

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Miles Blackwood's picture

Middleweight Content Management with Barley

It's no secret that in the market for complex web applications and projects, Drupal has become a staple CMS amongst developers.

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Liz Schwartz's picture

Ringing In the New (Web): 2013 at EchoDitto

2013 was an exciting year at EchoDitto.

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Tony Guzmán's picture

Responsive web design is 90% technical, the other half is content strategy

Yogi Berra quote homage aside, the biggest recent revelation I’ve had in doing responsive web design projects is how much content strategy plays a part.

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Joshua Wachs's picture

Bitcoins Now Accepted at EchoDitto. (or: Why Nerds Like Cryptocurrency)

We here at EchoDitto enjoy exploring the new and cool ways technology is reshaping our world.Bitcoin

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

5 Things Digital Teams Can Do To Harness External Innovation

I recently met with a former colleague who never fails to inspire me with the projects he's working on. For the most part, these projects are not digital in nature, but instead involve bringing real world communities together in the face of sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges. He loves his work so much that his passion is absolutely infectious and pushes people and structures beyond their comfort zone. He is what I like to call an “innovation agent”.

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More than a drop in the bucket -- Drupal 8, Nginx, and Microcaching

The LEMP stack (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP) is something I learned early on in web development. It's modern, scalable, and most of all -- simple. You can get up and running in a matter of minutes with powerful tools to let you focus on writing code and not pretending to be a sysadmin.

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Michelle Edwards's picture

VictoryKit: the Legacy of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was, by all accounts, a brilliant and passionate mind. He dropped out of high school to begin changing the world at 14, was a dotcom millionaire by 21, was indicted on federal charges at 24, and committed suicide at 26.

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