Re: XML content management systems

Subject: Re: XML content management systems
From: "Lech Rzedzicki" <xchaotic -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Yaakov Gelber" <yaacovg2007 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 13:50:56 +0100

I wouldn't have suggested that as a solution for anyone near me, but
since you're so tied to M$ products, probably Microsoft Sharepoint is
your best bet.

I wouldn't call it CMS, probably more a repository, but it has a nice,
familiar interface, quite a big installed user base - so you might get
feedback from community on issues. It also has integrated workflow
capabilities which often sit well with management and higher-ups, less
so with actual writers....

Some important questions beg to be answered:

What requirements do you have?
What functionality/savings/process improvements do you expect from the CMS?
What's wrong with the existing system that need to be improved?
Nothing in the description of your system, suggest that you'll be
storing content as XML (other than OOXML being defualt format for new
word? Do you expect some reuse capabilities?

Lech

On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM, Yaakov Gelber <yaacovg2007 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am a returning member of the list with an XML question.
>
> Issue: I am looking/evaluating XML content management systems for my company. Currently, we work in Word and export to pdf via Acrobat and HTML Help via WebWorks. Our current document management system consists of a well structured folder hierarchy (no external links).
> Prerequisites: Content will continue to be written in Word (upgrading to 2007). The system will also be used by non-Word experts (i.e. people other than tech. writers); this means that easy-of-use is a must. The management system should be as transparent to the writer as possible.
> Environment: We will be updating from Office 2003, Windows XP to Office 2007, Vista in the near future.
>
> If you have any recommendations or suggestions, please reply with the details.
>
> Thank you in advance
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