Content Management systems (CMS) are used for managing contents such as single text segments, images or tables. Such contents can be assembled by a CMS to a coherent document or publication at any time. Single individual contents can therefore be used in several different publications; a procedure known as Single-Source-Publishing (SSP).
Furthermore, publications can be created for several types of media such as books, internet pages, CD-ROM and mobile phones. This procedure is known as Cross-Media-Publishing (CMP).
Hence CMS allow among other things:
- Creating and editing contents in one system
- Creating and editing structures, e.g. document structures (chapters, sub-chapters …)
and using content within the individual structure levels.
- Researching existing contents and/or structures
- Storing and managing translations for the corresponding contents
- Controlling the translation processes
- Administering several versions when alterations are made to contents or translations
- Re-using contents and their publications for other types of media
- Controlling the release processes for contents, translations and complete publications
- Storing of complete publications