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The Indefinite Article.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

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I think that right now the most interesting thing is that RedHat has now bundled in the ArsTechnica content management system into what they call the RedHat CMS. I think this could be a good route to go. I d/led and deployed plone on my 'puter in a matter of minutes. It looked good and seemed to handle a large number of data formats. The formatting of content may be the largest challenge. If you want straight text or a little html, then a wiki will do it for you. However, if you want your folks to write in what they are confortable in, i.e. Microsoft Word, then you have a few more hoops to jump thru. I think that Windows 2000 and XP (along with Mac OS X) will work well with WebDAV. Bascially, WebDAV is ftp that'll mount to the file system nicely and prevent people from overwriting each other's stuff. You then throw a Google box on top of that as a content aggregator and you have a bitchin file-format agnostic content management system.

Short answer is that Plone sounds like what you may be looking for.


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