Julian Huppert, Ewen MacAskill, and Eric Metcalfe

Notes from the Open Rights Group debate: Surveillance, RIPA reform, and civil liberty

On 5 October I attended a fringe event at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference in Glasgow hosted by Open Rights Group. Entitled “Surveillance: how do we reform RIPA & protect civil liberty?”, the event was part of ORG’s Don’t Spy On Us campaign.

The speakers were -

  • Julian Huppert MP
  • Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian
  • Eric Metcalfe – Barrister, Monckton Chambers
  • Jim Killock, ORG

As I ran late to the event I did not catch the moderator’s name.
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How to colour-code data inputs in the WordPress admin interface

I am developing a CiviCRM database for a client in WordPress. It uses WP as its backbone to deliver the CRM in the admin dashboard.

This database will supplement and hopefully one day replace a paper-based system spread around several thousand file folders. The client uses a colour-coding system in these file folders to note the service users’ medical condition. Over time the colour coding has become subconscious to them in the sense that if the files are in an orange folder, they know what condition they are dealing with.

The client was keen to carry this colour coding over into the CRM. The trick was getting the CRM to use the correct colour code depending on what condition has been selected.

Here’s how I did it.

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