Tag Archives: XML

How Content Producers Get Collaboration Wrong

Content producers often find collaboration a hard slog. This is because they do it wrong. There are two fundamental ways you can collaborate. The first way is to enable everyone to contribute to the project by giving everybody access to everything and a means of communicating freely with everyone else on the team. I’ll call… Read More »

Structured Writing is not Desktop Publishing plus Angle Brackets

What constitutes a “real” XML editor? The question is perennial, but is made topical by Tom Aldous’ surprisingly shrill defense of FrameMaker as an XML editor. It is unusual for a market-leading company to indulge in myth-busting aimed at tiny competitors. It is an approach more common to the small and desperate. But if we… Read More »

Do Structured Writing and Crowdsourcing Mix?

Are structured writing and crowd-sourced content on divergent paths, or can you have both? It’s a pretty hot topic right now. Sarah O’Keefe recently  tweeted: Must push XML and structure out to masses and need better tools for that @boses#lavacon Linda Urban recently tweeted this: Yep! RT @finiteattention: The problems of crowdsourced user assistance: http://xkcd.com/979#ua#techcomm… Read More »

The Importance of Feedback to CMS Health

The transition from DTP to structured writing continues to be a bumpy one, and content management issues continue to plague many implementations. In many cases, the content management strategy depends on writers structuring things properly and they fall apart when writers fail to do so. For instance, reuse of chunks of information ought to make… Read More »