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15-minute TED-like talks

You’ve all listened, we’re certain, to TED-talk videos. They are short, crisp presentations centered on a great idea that will benefit the listeners. At CIDM Best Practices, these 15-minute short talks are designed to generate discussion, giving people a best practice you have developed, a lesson learned in solving a difficult problem, or a challenge that you’d like help in resolving.

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The Structured Content Revolution

The Structured Content Revolution

Structured content has been around for over a quarter century, but it is only in the past few years that structured content methodologies has come to prominence and started to redefine documentation best practices. There has been a sea change in how documentation is being thought, planned and delivered to users -- it’s nothing short of a revolution! Learn more as presenter Keith Schengili-Roberts illustrates how structured content is leading the way forward in technical communications.

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The Birth of Content

The Birth of Content

Inspired in part by the close proximity of the 2015 Best Practices event to the Salvador Dali Museum, this TED talk will tackle some fundamental questions about the nature of content and about what it really means to manage it efficiently and to leverage it successfully. This talk will combine some big ideas, some careful attention to the definition of concepts, some gritty historical facts, some details from the life and work of Salvador Dali, and possibly a joke or two. The presenter is Joe Gollner, who is relatively well known to BP attendees as a past presenter and as a long-standing practitioner (and possibly as the Content Philosopher under which name he blogs). With a marked increase in progress, he continues to work on a forthcoming book - Engineering Content.

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Collaboration in a Structured Environment - JANA, Inc.

Collaboration in a Structured Environment - JANA, Inc.

For DITA authors, learning the concepts behind the standard is just as important as learning the authoring rules. Joe Storbeck will show you how the training of a few core DITA concepts will help your authoring teams work in concert, and how the application of those same concepts will help to shape the future of your organization.

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Content is ...

Some surprising facts about the rich heritage (and clear portends regarding the future) of technical content development:

Do you know where the precursors to HTML came from? Did you know there are only about 6 different classification systems?

Keep in mind that the Information Business was totally not cool before computers and the web. Think librarian and revenge of the nerds. The most surprising thing is where this is going, based on the past. Making comparisons from Moore's law (demonstrates microelectronic growth trends) and the information industry, we have some answers. The back-water enterprises and general low-prestige of content development is vanishing. Information is power. Information is value. Creating quality, high-value content will beat a path to your door. Web traffic, click counts and the worlds of thousands of marketing buzzwords meet authentic content. Silo busting and a turn from defensive to offensive is the most exciting trend to happen to information development, ever.

"People tend to overestimate what can be done in one year and to underestimate what can be done in five or ten years." Licklider

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A case study of enhanced user assistance in the GUI

A case study of enhanced user assistance in the GUI
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Tooltip Automation – A POC

Tooltip Automation – A POC
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Complex concepts, simple interface.. Crafting a great DITA authoring experience

Complex concepts, simple interface.. Crafting a great DITA authoring experience

UX Designers, Programmers, Content Architects and Authors are jointly crafting an interface, looking for the exact balance between the schema’s complex possibilities and the ease-of-use an author needs.

We design, try and test. We re-design, re-try and re-test. We introduce user interface concepts and remove them again. We find best practices and identify the exceptions to these.. �
In our presentation, Jan Benedictus will show examples of the challenges the team comes across, the solutions we find and the questions that are still unanswered.

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Enabling content contributions from across the enterprise

Enabling content contributions from across the enterprise

This presentation will consider some of the issues involved in extending DITA beyond tech docs, reflect on the four classic models for content authoring, and explain how Stilo’s AuthorBridge – a new web-based editor – represents a significant breakthrough for the collection of contributions from SMEs with no knowledge of DITA or its complexities.