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Re: Tool for quick/simple edit of Word doc in SVN without manual checkout first?

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:37:50 -0500

Editing requires either a working copy, or a WebDAV-mounted repository
with autoversioning. See
http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.7/svn.webdav.html .

For the usage you describe here though, SharePoint is a more
appropriate solution - get Office docs out of Subversion entirely.
It's built to manage & version Office documents and you can build
workflows to do exactly what you describe here with reviews, signoffs,

On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM, Christian Ridderström
<christian.ridderstrom_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> The tl;dr version:
> - Does anyone know of a tool that makes it streamlined/easy for less technical users to do a quick edit on a Word document from SVN for which they don't have any working copy? (I.e. do: lock, temporarily checkout, open in Word, save, commit & release?)
> -------
> Background:
> At my company we have a "sign off" procedure for documents (MS Office [1]) where a sequence of reviewers (author, tech., PA and PM) check and "sign off" on the document.
> We develop the documents in SVN, but currently the sign off is done with exported copies to a network share [2]. But many documents end up being e-mailed between the reviewers anyway...
> Baseline solution:
> Let the reviewers, in turn: create their working copy, lock, checkout, review, add date of review as "sign off", comitt. And then tell the next reviewer that's up.
> However, these reviewers generally don't have working copies, nor SW developing experience, so the above would face... challenges. Some would manage, but others would flat out refuse.
> Streamlined solution:
> Does anyone know of a existing tool (script) that:
> 1. Inputs e.g. document URL to the SVN repo.
> 2. Locks document in repo
> 3. Checks out doc to a just created temporary dir
> 4. Launches Explorer (and hence Word etc) on the document
> 5. When Word etc is closed (or perhaps better,
> no longer has it's own "lock" on the file),
> opens dialog to commit
> 6. Deletes temporary directory
> From a UI point of view, steps 5-6 probably require some kind of dialog to stay open, alerting the user he's not done yet.
> Kind regards,
> Chrstian
> [1] Please don't tease me for having to use Office
> [2] No teasing, I'm trying to fix it! :-)
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