Subject: FW: [MgmtSIG] Recommendation on Content Management Tool
Me sniffing around on the STC Mgmt SIG again.
Scott Wolff’s presentation on DITA 101 is a good introduction. Information at this level widely available will go a long way to improving adoption, I think (even we don’t get a mention on the subcommittees).
Our local STC chapter recently had a speaker present on DITA. I missed the presentation myself, but the presentation is available here: http://english.boisestate.edu/willerton/Wolff-DITA-for-STC-031809.pdf
2009/3/27 Donna McManus <email@example.com>
I hate to admit it, but I've heard all kinds of things about DITA but I have nooooooooo clue what it really is. I know the concepts surrounding it: based on XML and that it types information.
Can anyone provide the "elevator introduction" to DITA so we know what it really is? I don't use it, don't know anything about it, and keep hearing about it. I don't even use XML directly...that is generated by my applications! (Word uses it, Robo uses it, and we build many of virtualizations using XML). However, I have never had to write it by hand....
Is DITA a tool, a process or both?
The Documentation and Standards team encourages you to use the Product Release Information Resource Pages.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Ole Andersen
You are right Donna, SharePoint is an excellent platform for this.
The only problem is that it is difficult to do the conditional publishing part in SharePoint. If you want to go that route you should have a close look at what DITA can do for you (DITA allows you to profile your content on a very granular level).
I’ll not turn this response into an ad for DITA Exchange, but our system comes with exactly the features you are asking for – out of the box – provided you have SharePoint 2007 in place…
Have a great weekend,
>< Content Technologies ApS
Ole Rom Andersen
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Almost sounds as if it is an application for SharePoint, depending upon the budgetary constraints you have as well as the user base. SharePoint has all of these functions (web accessible, can provide end-user info, can use email workflows, integrates with authoring tools, etc.)
I don't know much about the costs associated with SharePoint so that aspect will need to be investigated.
I'm sort of re-learning SharePoint after a 2 or 3 year absence away from it...our company just rolled out an intranet based on SharePoint and we are building a custom contract management system for a customer using SharePoint. Am finding it to be a fairly good tool in terms of accessibility and usability and fairly easy to implement. Also is highly customizable.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Doug Davis
I have a client that has asked us to build a huge knowledge base for them. The basic requirements are:
- Must be able to be accessed over the Web.
- Customers should be able to see certain end-user information in the knowledge base, and internal employees need to be able to see certain things. In other words, readers have access to only certain information based on their user profile, but all of the information resides in a central place.
- Needs to have some sort of functionality to assist in authoring content and routing it to various people for review and approval.
- Don't know about budget yet, so I need to look at high and low cost solutions and compare.
I have some thoughts on this, but would love your opinions regarding tools I should be looking at or staying far away from as I put together the strategy for this new project.
Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. Best wishes,
Doug Davis | President/CEO | ProEdit, Inc.
P: 770-886-6255 | F: 770-886-6272
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