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Re: Versioning of tool generated xml files

From: Alan Shutko <ats_at_acm.org>
Date: 2002-09-05 23:54:46 CEST

Karl Fogel <kfogel@newton.ch.collab.net> writes:

> For xml files, I'd think a custom merge-tool hook would be more
> helpful than locking... (?)

Not necessarily... I have no idea what this tool is, but from
experience with autogenerated HTML, I bet I know the issue.

Some programs that output HTML or XML use numbers when they make IDs
for objects, whether they be paragraphs, anchors, pictures,
whatever. But they don't keep track of the ID after loading the
file, so if you make a change, all those IDs can be renumbered.

This can result in changes across the whole file resulting from one
change, which happened to bump the IDs. 8^( So if two people
changed different things, their changes still might conflict.

Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org> - In a variety of flavors!
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