January 27-28-29 I'm organizing a follow up of the Drupal CXO days in Amsterdam. The event will again be sponsored by Microsoft (special thanks go to Michaela Kraft who organized the venue and the budget for the meetup).
This meetup aims to facilitate peer-to-peer learning about business processes between leadership of Drupal shops. What are the best practices? What kind of processes do you need? How do you grow from a entrepreneur centered culture to a process driven culture?
I'm really excited about this meetup and I think that the focus on processes should give us ample opportunity to explore more in depth some of the biggest questions many of us are facing. We already have 26 people signed up for a total of 60 places so if you would like to participate be quick!... Read more
On 7 & 8 November I'll be attending DITA Europe in Prague. At the conference I'll be giving a talk on Strategies to Implement an Enterprise Social Platform with DITA Content.
On the evening of the 8th I'll be doing a try-out of the talk I submitted for Drupalcon Denver: What we can learn from single sourcing in a multi-device world at a local Drupal User Group.
And last but not least we are organizing a Drupal-DITA code sprint as part of the first openDITA code sprint on the 9th of November. If you are interested in documentation in Drupal, want to work with the enterprise standard for technical documentation, want to do stuff with Drupal and DITA or live not far from Prague and want to be part of a cool codesprint, you should definitely fill in the registration form... Read more
In the past months I've been including QR codes in my presentations to make it easier for the people watching my presentations to tweet about them.
It's fairly easy to prepare such a QR code:Encode your Twitter message so that it's safe for usage in URL's, I've been using http://www.albionresearch.com/misc/urlencode.php Prepend it with: http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?source=webclient&text Use a URL shortener (to make the code compacter) Encode that URL in a QR code
I've been using Google's shortener since it has the QR encoder built in: simply take your shortened URL and add ".qr" to it, goo.gl/M5g0t.... Read more
Pronovix has been working on a functionality set for Drupal that makes it easier to build single sourced documentation platforms. Our work has sufficiently advanced to serve as the basis for bespoke built sites and we are actively looking for product owners or technical writers that would like to build a documentation collaboration site for their communities.
We've created a platform where we can generate demo sites that demonstrate the work we've done so far. To get access to your own demo site, fill in this questionnaire. We'll use your answers to do some basic configurations to make the demo site better fit your requirements and we'll contact you for a walk through.
This survey should take about 10-15 minutes, after your submission we'll contact you with your login... Read more
Last week I attended Content Management Strategies/DITA N-America, afaik the leading conference in the DITA community. The conference with 300 participants reminded me a lot of my first Drupalcon in Brussels, there are some obvious differences (e.g. most attendees are not programmers but technical writers, the food was as good as the food we got on the Drupal Gov Days) but if you look closer you'll see that the DITA community has a sharing culture much like our own.
On Tuesday I attended an informal meetup where we could ask questions to the members of the DITA Oasis committee in which it was brought up that we need to get more people involved in the development of the DITA Open Toolkit. I suggested to organize a code sprint and it seems that already now some of the practices in... Read more
This is a presentation that I gave at the Drupal Developer Days, on 6 February 2011. It's meant as an introduction to single sourcing. It contains the results of the documentation questionnaire we ran.
What would the ideal documentation system for a community driven project like Drupal look like?
From the outside Drupal is perceived as a well documented project, and several people choose to work with Drupal because of this. On the inside however, a lot of people complain about the documentation. What's the reason and the meaning of these differences in perception?
In this session I want to present the results of a survey that I'll do in preparation for Drupal Dev Days to investigate the general level of satisfaction with the Drupal documentation system and the main... Read more
Help us improve the documentation tools in Drupal and get to own a Mr. Fivestar T-shirt
This weekend at the Drupal Developer Days in Brussels, I'm giving a presentation about documentation systems for/in Drupal. The main focus of the presentation will be different new technologies that we've been working on to improve Drupal's documentation technology stack. We believe that these could revolutionize the way we do documentation for Drupal projects and at the same time open up a new market for our favorite CMS.
To test the relevancy of my recommendations for the community, I've put... Read more
This is a crosspost of the wiki I create at http://groups.drupal.org/node/109119
In February LeeHunter posted his wish list of features for "an awesome technical communication CMS". I've copied his list and processed the comments in the discussion and some of my own, and added our current status implementing these features and ideas of how any missing features could be implemented in the near future.
I'm very much aware that in the coming months most documentation efforts will probably go into getting the documentation updated for Drupal 7, and it's strategically a bad idea to at the same time change from a freeform format to a structured documentation format, rebuild the infrastructure and do a mayor content update.
Nothing prevents us however from dreaming up... Read more
We've published the first version of our DITA Integration module which allows to handle DITA documentations with Drupal. It's still being developed and we would not suggest to use on a live site, but as a proof of concept, it's ready for testing! For now, we have the following features:You can upload dita tasks/concepts/documents. You can use graphmind to build a DITA map from your uploaded topics. You can convert your dita documentations into xhtml or pdf2, or you can download them in tar.gz You can schedule your conversions, and have them run on cron, or run them immediately with a simple command in command line. Create relation tables in the map with Drupal's taxonomy With the Simple Dita Forms submodule, you can build simple tasks and concepts with a form. With the DITA feeds... Read more