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Re: [TSVN] VBScript for comparing two MS Word documents

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-07-09 02:23:33 CEST

Simon Large <simon@skirridsystems.co.uk> wrote on 07/08/2005 05:55:51 PM:

> 2. I am not completely convinced about installing these in the
> diff/merge associations automatically. Just because a file has a .doc
> extension doesn't necessarily mean it is a Word document. I have seen
> quite a lot of text files with that extension, admittedly before Word
> was quite as omni-present as it is now.
>
> I would prefer to see these handled more like svn hook scripts. We can
> provide the scripts and explain how to use them, but it is up to the end

> user to install them or not.

I think it could be a pretty good feature. I think that assuming .doc
files are Word objects is very safe to do, even if they are Wordpad docs
or something, Word's compare will still compare them. While this feature
is not difficult for you or I to configure, I think for the average user
that would want to manage Word docs, it probably would be. From an
administrative point of view, it would be a lot of work.

I think this would be a generally good thing to just do by default. For
those that do not want it, they are likely the type of people that would
know how to turn it off without fuss. I think the main thing would be for
TSVN to not do something "bad" like keep putting the feature back. That
could possibly be challenging.

I am not going to object if this isn't configured automatically, but my
feeling right now is that it would be a good thing to do. Maybe for the
next release or 2 we should just include the scripts and not turn them on.
 If we get a lot of feedback asking to turn it on, we can do so later. In
the meantime, I am sure you will write some great docs that explain to a
novice how to configure them themselves. :)

Mark

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