Whenever the subject of metadata is discussed, the subject of metadata standards is sure to come up. Should you be using standardized metadata, or define metadata for yourself? Answering this question is no different for metadata than it is for screws or operating systems or paving stones or motor oil: it depends. (more…)
Metadata matters, if you want your content to still be usable in five years.
Every time I talk with someone about metadata, I have the feeling we are talking past each other, at least a little. We are both using the same word, “metadata”, but it often seems like we mean different thing by it. So, what does “metadata” mean? Metadata is simply data about data, or, to put […]
In a recent blog post, Tom Johnson writes on The Importance of Chunking for Sorting. He also acknowledges that finely chunking content can cause problems when you try to retrieve that content with a query: (more…)
Tom Johnson (I’d Rather be Writing) provides an excellent summary of Weinberger’s Everything as Miscellaneous. He says “I have never read a more relevant book for technical communicators than Weinberger’s Everything Is Miscellaneous.” I wholly agree. Weinberger’s book is the seed of my own ideas on Every Page is Page One. Johnson identifies Weinberger’s central thesis, […]