The Flavors of CM: LCMS and LMS

A lot of the systems we tend to talk about are focused on either technical publications or on generalized publishing. But there’s another focus area for content management that we haven’t talked about a lot that should be talked about: Learning materials, aka training materials. Enter Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems […]

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The Flavors of CM: Content Management vs Document Management

There are many different perspectives around on what content management is and isn’t and what a Content Management system needs to do. According to that font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, “A content management system (CMS) is computer software used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion. CMSs are frequently used […]

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What about OpenXML?

Every now and again, we’re asked a question like, “We’ve decided to move to XML. Can we use OpenXML instead of something like DocBook or DITA?” The question comes up because Open XML gets a lot of press. Open XML (or Office Open XML if you are going by its formal name) is an Ecma […]

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DITA Backlash?

Did I catch your attention with my deliberatelyLe but de poker on line. provocative title? Is there a DITA Backlash? I don’t think so. Not at all, really. But I have seen a couple of blog postings lately that underscore the statement that DITA is not for everyone or for every situation. (more…)

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Is XSL holding us back?

In looking at technology to support DITA, it’s easy to see that there have been some great advances in the functionality of XML editors. The vendors have added specialized functions and capabilities to make it easy to create topics and DITA maps. Content management systems have kept pace … pretty much every CM system that […]

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Wikis for Documentation?

In catching up on my Blog reading, I came across this article Wikis For Documentation? Anne Gentle Provides Some Examples on The Content Wrangler site. While I am certainly not an expert on Web 2.0 – what it is, what it’s good for – I have to admit that I am a bit of a […]

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