Classic predictions…

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“Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready-made with a mesh of associative trails running through them…” Doesn’t sound so strange if you’ve seen the Wikipedia, but it was written in 1945. See the full text of the article, in which Vannevar Bush outlined a … Read More

Summer is a lovely time for….

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The Alfresco Manifesto Officially, it’s “Alfresco: Why Open Source?” The article describes the company’s approach to open-source content management. Alfresco is interesting for several reasons, not least of which is that the founder, John Newton, was the founder of Documentum. Read his manifesto. If you … Read More

Trouble at STC

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There is now a Yahoo group dedicated to “returning the Society for Technical Communication to an organization that is more OPEN and truly RESPONSIVE to the needs of its members.” It’s not a good sign when a mailing list with this purpose attracts nearly 100 … Read More

Interesting theory

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David Coursey writes about the Metro and Acrylic developments: I don’t believe this is a coordinated Microsoft attack on Adobe. If it were, I think it would be much better-organized. Is Microsoft Gunning for Adobe? I Think Not ( Not the most reassuring thing I’ve … Read More

Was it something Adobe said?

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First, Microsoft announces Metro, the alleged “PDF Killer.” Now, we have Acrylic, which is supposed to take on Photoshop and possibly Illustrator. Early reaction is not too positive: Softpedia news [T]he list of unpleasant surprises continued: difficult menus placed in the strangest locations, the absence … Read More

Problems at Quark?

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I’ve been hearing that Quark is on its last legs since, well, about the same time as when the “FrameMaker is dead” rumor got started. But the news of the “unexpected” departure of the CEO at Quark can’t possibly be good news: Article at

Making Friends with XSL

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I have a pattern of learning things The Hard Way. That is, get a book, dive in, and just do it. Eventually, some order emerges from the chaos, and one day, it all starts to make sense. This approach has failed once or twice — … Read More

The content-data divide

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I often make the point that content is more challenging to structure than data. In this article, you see the same point being made from an IT-centric point of view. Interesting stuff. Intelligent Enterprise Magazine: Content in the Age of XML