Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Talking about document management

I have been invited to take part in a one day event about content management being held by the UK Chapter of the STC on 1st March 2008. I will be talking about some of the practical aspects of trying to introduce a document management system in a large IT department.
If like me you'd spent nearly 15 years creating and working with documents for internal and external audiences in a range of hi-tech environments, you might have expected that the fundamentals of document management were universally understood and supported, in theory at least if not always in practice. In the "unofficial case study" I am presenting at this STC meeting I will explain why what was obvious to me wasn't obvious to those around me, why I was asked to do something about it, what I tried to achieve, and how far I actually got.
Other speakers at this meeting will be talking about different aspects of content management, and I am sure it will be a worthwhile day. I do hope you will be able to join us.
By the way, I am also going to be giving two small presentations at the STC Technical Communications Summit in Philadelphia in June this year, where I will also be organising activities for members of the STC's Europe Special Interest Group. If I don't get to see you in March, maybe we'll meet up in June?

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Keeping up with Word

I want to thank Ellis Pratt of Cherryleaf for reminding me about the Microsoft Word Team blog, which contains regular updates of tips and tricks for the latest version of Microsoft Word.

My business, Dannywell Ltd., is a Microsoft Registered Partner and I often use Microsoft Word and other Microsoft products to produce documentation for my clients. Many clients express a preference for documentation in Word as they feel that it will be easier for their own staff to maintain in the long run. Luckily for me, of course, some of these clients decide that after all their own staff aren't documentation specialists, and they invite me back to update their user documentation when they release upgrades to their products.

In my experience, very few organisations have migrated to Microsoft Office 2007, and so I need to keep up with two versions of Word simultaneously (the Office 2003, and Office 2007 versions). Resources such as the Microsoft Word Team blog are very valuable tools that help me do this.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Save Pervez

The Independent newspaper has launched a campaign to save the life of an Afghan student journalist, Sayed Pervez Kambaksh aged 23, who has been sentenced to death for downloading a human rights report from the Internet critical of the lack of rights for women in Afghanistan. Kambaksh was tried before a religious court for "disrespecting the Koran", and was not allowed any legal defence.

Executing people for just reading about human rights is a new low, even from a regime not noted for its open and liberal attitudes. It is, says the Independent, an "affront to civilized values".
I urge you to read the article in the Independent and to sign the petition.