An Open Source Toolchain for Documentation

Presented by: Steve Goodman, Red Hat


At Red Hat, we use the Asciidoc markup language for authoring, Asciidoctor for previewing, Github and Gitlab for reviewing and as a content management system (CMS), and Pantheon for publishing to the web. The entire toolchain is open source and available to anyone and everyone.

Learn how to set up and maintain a full, enterprise-scalable open source documentation toolchain using tools developed by and for technical writing communities. These tools balance user-friendliness with openness.

About our Speaker

Originally from Chicago, Steve attended a high school where writing was emphasized in every subject. In college, in a course called “The Idea of Comedy”, Steve was blessed with an infuriatingly pedantic teacher who was very generous with red ink. So when Steve applied to be a technical communicator at Intel, without any experience, he was able to write his way to an interview.

He learned the craft of technical writing for nineteen years at Intel, also serving as a documentation project manager, instructional designer, graphic designer, and tech lead. He now works at Red Hat as a Senior Technical Writer.

Besides writing, Steve developed Flash-based tutorials before Captivate, created automation using Python and Perl that accelerated writing and publishing, and led an in-house group of musicians. Steve lives in Zichron Yaakov with his family.