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SV: SV: [TSVN] Re: Minor bug report: diff-script for doc files cl oses document immediately

From: Hans-Emil Skogh <hans-emil.skogh_at_tritech.se>
Date: 2005-09-23 16:19:00 CEST

>> Could you please try to create a document, make a copy of it, activate
>> change-tracking in both (refer to word help on how to do this), make some
>> changes to each document and then try to merge them.
>> According to my understanding of the KB article, this should work.
>
> You are right, it works.

Wee!...

> I'm not sure about the result of the merge: I changed only a few lines
> in the documents but word displays a page containing two contiguous full
> copies of the text (all in red).

Hmm... Well, I would not be surprised if that's normal behaviour. :-)

> And one final humiliation: the merge script works when change-tracking
> is on, but the diff-script fails on "destination.Compare(sBaseDoc)" line
> with a "command failed" error :/

Yes, that is a known bug (w. word). You have to "Accept all changes" (and
possibly disable all tracking, I have not verified this as I do not need
tracking on 2003 anyway) to make the diff-script work. It fails on merged
documents if you do not accept or reject all changes...

It's really quite sad that the merge/diff thing works so poorly in word,
once they got around implementing it. :-(

So, does anyone have an opinion? Simply disable merging for pre office
XP-versions, or add a message box for them explaining the situation?

> Well, I'm migrating to openoffice anyway :)

I wish we all could be so lucky.

(And I wish that openoffice could supply a merge-friendly file-format! XML
does no good splitted up into multiple files and compressed into a single
binary!)

Hans-Emil

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