RE: Online documentation platforms

Subject: RE: Online documentation platforms
From: "Ed" <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "'Craig Haiss'" <craighaiss -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:16:39 -0500

A few weeks ago, I attended DrupalCampNYC, which was a conference for the
Drupal ( web framework/content management system. I went to
learn Drupal for web design and development, but someone showed off their
site that used the glossary module (, and
my mind went right to documentation.

There seems to be a huge potential for using web CMS for documentation.

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> Based on my experiences as a blogger, I have a hunch that WordPress or any
> similar blogging/CMS tool would make an excellent content management
> for online documentation.
> Blogging tools have simple publishing interfaces that would allow writers
> focus on content instead of non-essential HATT features. Also, the built
> search present in most blogs gives users the ability to navigate in a
> way. (The use of a TOC or index for online documentation seems to be
> declining.)
> WordPress may lack some of the customization options writers would need
> tasks like single-sourcing (although it might work since many blogging
> turn posts into XML), but often expensive HATTs are filled with features
> writers don't need.
> I'd definitely be willing to give WordPress or another blogging tool a try
> it seemed to fit the job. Compared to the headaches involed in working
with a
> HATT, mastering tricky features, installing updates, etc. it would
probably be
> a relief to work with a simple blogging platform installed on someone
> server.
> Craig Haiss
> Blog:


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