Re: CMS solution needed - Feedback wanted

Subject: Re: CMS solution needed - Feedback wanted
From: David Crosswell <davidcrosswell -at- internode -dot- on -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:35:40 +1000

On Thu, 30 May 2013 07:39:45 AM Lee Hunter wrote:
> Hi DaLy


Why not just build a few macros for Lyx and dump that in there, just as a
temporary fix?
Cheers!

David


>
> You mentioned Drupal as one of the candidates. I'm the volunteer Docs Team
> Lead for Drupal (i.e. for the documentation on Drupal.org) so I could
> probably answer any questions you have on that product.
>
> As much as I love Drupal, I think if flawless Word import is a major
> requirement, you might be better off with something like Confluence, which
> claims to have good integration with MS Office (although you might want to
> also consider Alfresco).
>
> Having said that, I should also mention that I'm leading a new initiative
> to develop Drupal into a fairly powerful tool for authoring and managing
> single-sourced technical content. The feature set is far from complete but
> some of the key requirements include:
>
> - DITA compliance (or something very DITA-like)
> - Conditional text
> - Content map tool
> - WYSIWYG authoring tool (i.e. that constrains the author to a DTD and
> that plays nice with conditional text, references etc)
>
> Lots of other handy tech comm features are either already built into Drupal
> or available through standard modules including:
>
> - Taxonomy/metadata
> - PDF output
> - Workflow
> - Global search and replace
> - Versioning
> - Multilingual content management
>
> The idea is that we'd bundle these tools into a package along with Drupal
> core (a 'distribution' in Drupal jargon) so that technical communicators
> have a reasonably useful out-of-the-box solution. It's pretty exciting for
> me because it's something I've been talking about ever since I started
> working with Drupal six years ago. And it's also important for Drupal
> itself, simply because we need a serious toolset to deal with the
> Drupal.org documentation which is now more than 14,000 pages (not including
> the API docs) and currently no ability to do single sourcing etc.
>
> Right now, the big gap is the authoring tool. Although there are some
> excellent WYSIWYG editors available for Drupal, none of them are at all
> useful for working with a DTD. Everything else is either already available
> or close to completion, but without a decent authoring experience it's not
> ready for prime time.
>
> Regards
>
> Lee Hunter
>
> On 29 May 2013 16:26, DaLy <swiggles247 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I have been assigned the task of researching using either a CMS or a
> > CMS/Wiki for our User Portal. I've gone to the matrix, compared features,
> > but what I'm looking for is actual user feedback. I'm told "money is not
> > an issue, what's important is a positive user experience.
> >
> > Currently, all of our docs are in PDF format (source - Word) and are
> > included with each release.
> >
> > Features for me include word import (including images and tables), easy
> > to learn, true WYSIWYG, version control (min. 5 back), good product
> > support team/community, and PDF export for our customers. Features for
> > my boss include easy setup and maintenance (if not hosted).
> >
> > The products that seem to meet these requirements (so far) are:
> >
> > MindTouch (hosted - cloud)Confluence MagnoliaTiki WikiDrupal
> > I look forward to your feedback. Thanks!
> >
> > DaLy
> >
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