by kvantomme / 14 April, 2011

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 our... Read more

by kvantomme / 9 February, 2011

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 areas where people... Read more

by kvantomme / 1 August, 2010

Tonight a tweet from Laura Scott lead me to a blogpost by Zack Rosen at Semantic Focus. From the first sentence it seemed a bit odd, it's been more than 12 years since Tim Berners-Lee started working on the Semantic Web and most if not all of the points that followed seemed outdated. Only at the end of the article in the comments it then turned out that this was actually an article from 2006 (later a notice was added). Anyway, the article made me think about all the ways that Drupal is making the Semantic Web so much more attainable today.

Most important of all perhaps is that Drupal is going to make a big dent into the RDF chicken and egg problem: Drupal 7 will come by default with RDFa marked-up output. For most people that start building a new site with Drupal 7, the improved... Read more
by kvantomme / 16 February, 2010

The following is an outline of the new concepts and the architectural changes we want to introduce in the next version of Graphmind. If you are interested in the project please give us your feedback in the comments!

Concepts Multi-user modes: Transactional updates: all updates are packaged in an object that gets communicated through a P2P connection with the other Grapmind clients that are viewing the same session. We've got a demo of an initial proof of concept on Peter's post. Master-slave model: a user can join a mindmapping session of another user, and see the changes that the first user is making. It is possible to request control of the session. Aggegration model: even though recommendations for possible children are made, every user makes their own mindmap. A master mindmap... Read more