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Re: Merging is not happening for word documents.

From: Ron Wilson <ronw.mrmx_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 13:47:37 -0500

Supposedly, Word can merge parallel versions of the same document, but
nobody I know has even been able to figure it out.

On 2/13/08, Scott Grizzard <scott_at_scottgrizzard.com> wrote:
> I guess the question becomes, "which is easier to deal with, occasional
> weirdness from XML (which you have to go back and trace), or manually
> merging office documents using tools like xdocdiff?"
>
> The problem I have encountered with manual merges is that users can be "less
> intelligent" than the machine, and accidentally leave out changes. This is
> especially true for Excel documents, where users leave out changes to
> formulas all the time, and then complain about weird Excel behavior. As
> long as you understand the pitfalls of XML merges (which I totally failed to
> point out), I think XML is the better option.
>
> XML changes are also "diffable" by web tools like trac. We use trac at my
> office, so we use XML.

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