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    <p>After seeing <a href="http://www.heathersolomon.com/blog/">Heather</a>&rsquo;s first post &ldquo;<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/HeathersBlog?m=79">Have we lost the SharePoint vision?</a>&rdquo;, I had to <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndrewConnell?m=306">jump atop my soapbox and throw in my $.02</a>.&nbsp; Seems I stole her thunder for the <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/HeathersBlog?m=81">follow-up post</a>&hellip; my bad sista!</p>
    <p>In her post she mentions we (Heather &amp; I work together for those unaware) often discuss (I wouldn&rsquo;t say argue) about whether we should have used <a title="Microsoft Content Management Server" href="http://www.microsoft.com/cmserver/" target="_blank">MCMS</a> instead of <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx" target="_blank">SharePoint</a> for our corporate intranet.&nbsp; We actually used both, but MCMS took a backseat (it&rsquo;s actually a very cool seamless integration&hellip; many of the integration techniques are outlined in my <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/book/more_mcms/e1">upcoming book</a> I&rsquo;m working on with fellow MCMS MVPs).&nbsp; The primary interface is SharePoint, but we have whole sections that are MCMS&hellip; and a nice setup where any <a title="" href="http://office.microsoft.com/home/office.aspx?assetid=FX010909721033" target="_blank">SPS</a> area can actually be a MCMS channel&hellip; as well as replaced the vertical left-hand navigation in the Portal to mix in a SPS &amp; MCMS experience&hellip; it&rsquo;s quite slick&hellip; but that&rsquo;s not important right now).</p>
    <p>She&rsquo;s dead on&hellip; we need a way to control the UI&hellip; we need to give the user the ability to manage their content and even the ability to pull Web Parts onto a page (those specific ones we&rsquo;ve granted them rights to that is).&nbsp; But we need to control the formatting.&nbsp; Sure, I&rsquo;ll hand over a bunch of CSS classes&hellip; even make it friendly to the Word people (just similar style names in the same sort of a DropDownList)&hellip; BUT we can&rsquo;t allow them to control the formatting.&nbsp; <em><u>There must be a clear cut separation of presentation and data</u></em>.&nbsp; It just blows me away that this has been a consistent issue in web media&hellip; STILL.&nbsp; The USERS own the data&hellip; WE own the presentation.&nbsp; Now, we have a consistent look &amp; feel across the entire site.</p>
    <p>&ldquo;But it&rsquo;s the user&rsquo;s content&hellip; what&rsquo;s the big deal?&rdquo;&nbsp; Let me answer with an example.&nbsp; Look at <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/">Microsoft.com</a>.&nbsp; First, I know for a fact there are more than 10 people who manage their website.&nbsp; But i&rsquo;m sure there&rsquo;s a design team that maintains the site.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m sure the Windows team manages <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.mspx">their section</a>, just as the <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx">Office team does theirs</a>, etc.&nbsp; I doubt any one person can format it how they like&hellip; they conform to a set of presentation rules.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because a SINGLE, CONSISTENT&nbsp;presentation is easier for the end user to understand.</p>
    <p>Personally I think MCMS nailed it in this respect.&nbsp; There is no better example of separation between presentation and data.&nbsp; I just wish the same model was incorporated into SharePoint.&nbsp; I say it again, I hope the integration between MCMS and SharePoint addresses this and MCMS &ldquo;wins&rdquo; on this point.</p>
    <p>One last thing&hellip; take note of <a href="http://heathersolomon.com/blog/archive/2005/07/19/1063.aspx#1065">Bil&rsquo;s comment</a> to <a href="http://heathersolomon.com/blog/archive/2005/07/19/1063.aspx">Heather&rsquo;s first post</a>.&nbsp; Seems to me he gets exactly what we&rsquo;re saying.&nbsp; What&rsquo;s surprising is I haven&rsquo;t heard others talk about this.&nbsp; Are there others?&nbsp; Are we the only ones?</p>
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