Re: Collaborative authoring, production, and CMS?

Subject: Re: Collaborative authoring, production, and CMS?
From: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:18:20 -0600

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> In my latest gig, I'm going to be creating several large technical
> documents
> where some developers (3 or 4 people) will be active participants in the
> documents as well... I own them, but they'll help with structure, they'll
> write some material, review my content, etc.

> A) Wikis. MediaWiki (the wiki behind wikipedia), the latest beta of which
> spits out some fine looking PDFs, seems like the best so far. Revision
> control, topic-oriented, etc. But I'm not sure how that would be for
> organizing the information... can you set up collections of topics
> hierarchically?

Here's an example of a "book" created in MediaWiki, with output to HTML or
PDF, so it can be done:

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