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Interesting. Good question Martin raises at the end — is it too late for Mercurial? I see it as a Betamax to Git's VHS: superior but losing the popularity fight.
 
Lots of good +Mercurial stuff coming out of Facebook these days! You can now get sparse checkouts (creating only part of your working copy — makes "hg status", "hg diff", etc faster) and shallow clones (download only the latest version of your files). This makes it much easier to work with gigantic repositories. There's also a push-rebase extension that does SVN-like merging (rebase, really) on the server side to avoid races on push. Sounds convenient, but it implies a non-pull request workflow.

They've also released a great hgwatchman extension that makes "hg status" instantaneous by using inotify or fsevents to listen for filesystem modifications. Most other commands also get a speed boost since they call status under the hood.

Very exciting developments! The question is now if it's too late to matter for regular developers... Given the dominance of +Git, will Mercurial will end up being the hyper-scalable revision control system used by a few big corporations?
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My presentation from last week's CMS/DITA NA conference in Chicago. I think most of the slides work OK without accompanying narrative. I'd be interested to hear whether this sparks any ideas (or disagreement for that matter!)

#contentmanagement   #structuredcontent   #ditaxml   #lean  
(My talk at CMS/DITA NA 2015) Although content management is an established field with well-defined best practices, the project failure rate is alarmingly high. The causes are primarily human. Decision makers become blinded by new tools and the desire to fix everything at once. They ignore the needs and abilities of the system’s human users. Before anyone realizes, projects can get into serious trouble. This presentation shows how failing project...
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Eastbourne pier last Sunday morning. Essentially untouched apart from cropping. I did loads of different exposures though and threw out lots.
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Over the last couple of weekends, I’ve been refining a framework for visualizing schemas that:
- Provides an accessible way for authors, managers, and schema developers alike to understand or refine a content model.
- Is easy to update and maintain without specialist tools or knowledge.
- Offers a single-page view of the whole content model at a glance, rather than the common approach of revealing only certain aspects of the model in each view. (While it can sometimes be helpful to focus on details of the model, the full picture is very helpful for putting the detail in context and working with the model in a way that’s easily grasped.)
- Is structured enough that it could be parsed to generate at least a skeleton formal schema such as a DTD.

I hope this sparks some ideas among community members — let me know what you think!
An accessible way for authors, information architects, and schema developers alike to understand or refine a content model.
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Hi Joe, thanks for your reply. Its a lovely image. Cheers Ian.
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A lovely photo of Chicago. I'm told that's a lake, rather than the sea as I first thought. Looking forward to seeing it and eating some pizza. But mostly to attending the world's biggest DITA event again, seeing some great talks and doing a bit of talking myself, about some sensible ways to ensure sustainable content management projects or turn around failing ones…
Detoxing failing content management projects: education, ownership, and discipline
http://www.cm-strategies.com/2015/abstracts.htm#Pairman
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Going back to Taiwan in June to visit the in-laws. This collection pretty much serves as my must-eat list. Apart from bitter melon, you can't get any of these vegetables readily in the UK.
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Will Communities survive any impending changes to / dissolution of Google+?

I think all but the real diehard Plussers would have to be pessimistic by now about the chances of Google+ surviving for many more years in its present form. For example, my guess would be on Drive gradually assimilating more of Plus's photo editing features  — as we've seen recently, alignment of the two services in that regard has already started.

How about Communities, though? Do people think they'll survive any impending changes / dissolution of Google+? Going from the more thoughtful and well-moderated Communities such as the excellent Content Strategy one, you might well feel the chances are good. But there are an awful lot more that are essentially defunct (including my shamefully neglected Content Engineering for Humans one — where's the blushing emoticon when you need it?) And of course there are commercial considerations that go beyond mere user numbers and enthusiasm. The fate of Reader shows that.

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"...people tend to be more aggressive on LinkedIn"
Agreed. It's a lot about self-marketing, attention economy and the the prerogative of interpreting business related topics. :-)
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I find this statistic quite surprising. As I commented:

"Got to be spaces, surely? I mean, configure the tab key to insert sequences of spaces by all means, but no tab characters!"
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Well.  I've been programming for 30 years, and I still like my tabs, but I actually wasn't convinced of their superiority until after I was exposed to the ideas of both sides some 20 years ago.  I've yet to be convinced otherwise.

Because I care so much about the white space used in my code, I always follow the white space practice already in place when I'm modifying code (which is, really, most of what I do).  For some reason, it seems like people that prefer spaces (or don't think about it) can't or won't do that, so spaces end up being the "common denominator".  Though, that probably a biased view of things, so I wouldn't use it as a data point.

Copy/paste can be a problem, but copy/pasting code probably means you are doing something wrong to begin with.  Even then concerns over the white space and the reader should provide you enough time to fix the white space if you can't figure out how to copy/paste it correctly.
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I've developed a framework for visualizing and modifying complex nested content models using spreadsheet tools. I thought it might be interesting to people here — potentially useful for anyone who's already using such complex structures, for example users of DITA XML, but perhaps also interesting for those used to simpler structures (metadata + title/s + description/s + body) who are curious and brave enough to peer into the deeps of nested elements and recursive patterns that us XML denizens inhabit. I'm particularly thinking back to +Kevin Potts's post a couple of years ago where we had a fruitful discussion about different flavors of structured content: plus.google.com/+KevinPotts/posts/ASqwWdWjB9m

Comments and expressions of sympathy welcomed!
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Hi Gil, thanks for the comment. Yes, that was exactly my goal with this visualization — a friendly view on the whole context, both for reference and for use when tweaking or creating new document models. I reposted the piece on LinkedIn with the title "Democratizing Complex Content Models" because of that sense of giving writers access to the full model, not just a tiny window on it.

I suppose I should set up ecommerce on my blog and sell laminated posters at $40 a pop... ;-) Seriously, feel free to tweak the templates and print them out.
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New post. Bit geeky. Could be useful for authors/IAs/others working with structured content, though.

#structuredcontent   #intelligentcontent   #xml  
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Perfect environment for catching up with emails on a Sunday. X30, macro.
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My longer postings these days are on Shaping Information.
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Information Architecture, DITA, Mobile Applications, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Project Management, Information Design, User-Centered Design, SDL LiveContent, Mercurial, DVCS, XMetaL, Oxygen, Python
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  • Mekon Ltd
    2014 - present
  • HTC Corporation
    2008 - 2014
  • Linguitronics Co.
    2007 - 2008
  • Lado Management Consultants
    2007 - 2008
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Very family friendly. Tasty fish and chips. Kebab good too. Will definitely go back when I'm in the area again.
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I like it. Friendly, welcoming staff and the food's fine for the price. Don't know if other reviewers were expecting Le Gavroche or something?
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Very tasty, inexpensive, and staff were friendly. I'll be going back!
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Tasty food. The spinach / Emmental / egg crepe was nice. Quite a nice location in a lovely old building. A bit pricey, and most of the seating was in a busier area than some of the photos would suggest, so just four stars instead of five.
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Pretty good. Had a decent kimchi soup and a very nice teriyaki salmon bento. Will definitely go again.
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Service friendly but as others have noted, some members of a group can wait a while for their dish to arrive. Truffled mac and cheese was good. Beef hash OK though some of the potato chunks were a little undercooked. French toast seemed to have cheese added — not bad but not quite what was expected. Prices on the high side — service and cooking consistency should be a bit better for those prices.
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Lots of tasty stuff here. I really like the edible fern (過貓) topped with kumquat pieces and a kumquat sauce. There are some great rice noodles in taro sauce, good fried rice, and even some decent ginger/vinegar intestines – not my usual kind of food but I like the version they do here.
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