How to Succeed in the Transition to Content Management

Tonight the Toronto STC are holding their monthly meeting at North York Centre. Steve Manning will be on hand to tell us how to convert a company’s technical documentation from ad-hoc content to managed content. Content includes writings, logos, diagrams, marketing materials, procedures, and the information that makes a company more than just a collection of people at desks. Content management implies having consistent, controlled content that has been vetted for accuracy, divided into manageable chunks, and analyzed for re-use. Here’s the blurb:

At our last meeting Michael Priestly told you what you can do with Darwin Information Typing Architecture. This month Steve Manning of The Rockley Group will show you what people have already done. At The Rockley Group, Steve Manning participates in implementing DITA for a number of clients. His clients range from government departments to hardware & software companies. Some companies had content management systems, some did not. Some used DITA “out of the box”, others created specializations.

For this meeting, Steve will talk about these projects and what these companies experienced: unexpected issues, positive surprises, technology challenges, writer responses, and the measurement of success.

Steve Manning

  • is a Principal with The Rockley Group who has over 19 years of experience in documentation
  • is a skilled developer of online documentation in many formats
  • uses key online tools to create single-source production methodologies
  • has wide experience in project management and has managed a number of multiple-media, single-source projects
  • teaches “Enterprise Content Management” at the University of Toronto
  • s a frequent speaker at conferences about XML, DITA and Content Management
  • is a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee.


With Ann Rockley and Pamela Kostur, Steve is also a co-author of Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy.

Quoting Charles Darwin

“When we no longer look at an organic being as a savage looks at a ship, as at something wholly beyond his comprehension; when we regard every production of nature as one which has had a history; when we contemplate every complex structure and instinct as the summing up of many contrivances, each useful to the possessor, nearly in the same way as when we look at any great mechanical invention as the summing up of the labour, the experience, the reason, and even the blunders of numerous workmen; when we thus view each organic being, how far more interesting, I speak from experience, will the study of natural history become!”
—Charles Darwin

Great ape ancestor may have walked upright

In “Red Ape Stroll,” Bruce Bower says:

New field observations of these animals, conducted by anthropologist Susannah K.S. Thorpe of the University of Birmingham in England and her colleagues, show that orangutans, unlike knuckle-walking chimpanzees and gorillas, at times walk upright much as people do. This suggests to the researchers that two-legged walking, or bipedalism, evolved in a common ancestor of all living apes at least 20 million years ago.

Devonian Times

The Devonian Times highlights the fossils, both plants and animals, of the Red Hill Devonian deposits in Pennsylvania, U.S.

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