College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies



Primary Advisor

David Gillette, College of Liberal Arts, English Department


Traditional word processing programs, at least for large companies managing controlled documents, are becoming obsolete. The next leap in the field of Technical Writing is employing Content Management Systems (CMSs). Each concept or topic created in a CMS can be referenced by multiple publications and allows for global changes.

At Cal Poly, through the Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies program, I specialized in Industrial Engineering and Technical Writing. For this senior project, I applied interdisciplinary skills to transfer four of Cepheid’s FrameMaker package inserts into an Extensible Markup Language Content Management System (XML CMS) called Vasont Inspire. The end objective of this conversion project is to cut down work time, allow for easier peer-review, prevent duplicate or rework, maintain industry standards, and optimize the translation process.