cmf2007: A Web conference focused on content management
To people who have been following this blog for some time it may seem like I take every opportunity I get to mention how little attention content management system vendors in general are paying to web standards and accessibility. Come to think of it, that is probably a correct observation.
Some have suggested that I try to reach out to CMS vendors in order to educate them instead of just complaining, and they are right. I haven’t quite figured out how to do that, so when I learned about a web conference focused on content management I thought that attending would give me a good opportunity to connect with some CMS people.
Content Management Forum 2007 (cmf2007) takes place in Aarhus, Denmark on November 6-8, and is the third time this content management focused web conference is held. As you can judge by its name, cmf2007 does not focus on the kind of topics that @media, Web Directions or SXSW do, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting or useful. After all, most web professionals have to deal with a CMS of some kind every day, either as a vendor, developer, or end user.
So, why not take the chance to go to Denmark (the conference is in English), meet up with other people who spend a lot of time developing or using content management systems, and attend some interesting presentations. Check out the program and schedule to decide which tutorials and presentations look interesting, and then sign up for cmf2007.
What about me going there to reach out to CMS vendors? Well, I was given the opportunity to hold a workshop and a presentation at cmf2007, and immediately saw it as a chance to help some CMS developers understand the importance of web standards and accessibility. However, after much consideration I have decided that in my current situation I simply cannot find the time to prepare a speech and a workshop, so I have declined to participate.
If you go, take all the chances you get to try to influence CMS vendors. Ask them about the things so many content management systems are really bad at: web standards, accessibility, usability, and client side platform independence.
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