I just accepted a speaking slot at Web Content 2009 in Chicago in June. I’m going to be talking about modeling content — how do different systems handle the breaking down of logical content into manageable units? It’s something I’ve always been interested in, as the history of this blog demonstrates:
This is directly from the session brief I submitted:
How well does a CMS allow you to structure content? Does it have any ability to
manage different content types? Through configuration, or through custom module
Can it structure content at all, or is everything an amorphous “page”? What are some
common datatypes you might use to model content? What datatypes are offered by
Can a system automatically generate input forms for your content? Can it validate these
input forms? How usable are the forms?
How well does a system allow you relate content to other content, and in what ways?
Can you content pick up properties or attributes from context? Does the content object’s
“place” in the content structure of the site allow you to derive information about it?
Can a system allow you to easily compose content from separate component content
Can a system let you have repeating properties? Can you create “subcontent” to
represent parent-child relationships between content objects?
I love to see some of you there. As we discussed a few weeks ago, this is a great conference for anyone involved with content management.