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RE: (probably) everlasting subject of ms office... track changes

From: Geoff Field <Geoff_Field_at_aapl.com.au>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:22:37 +1000

> From: lejeczek
> Sent: Friday, 8 August 2014 5:34 AM
>
> hi everybody

Hi P.

> I've only started fiddling with both subversion & tortoise
> and would be grateful for a little help.
> What I'm trying to have is "track changes" like functionality
> or exactly this but without asking/telling users to
> explicitly activate the feature.

Tortoise Diff should be set up to deal with Word documents automatically. If you go into TortoiseSVN->Settings->Diff Viewer->Advanced, you'll see lots of entries for .doc? files with an entry similar to the following:

wscript.exe "C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\Diff-Scripts\diff-doc.js" %base %mine //E:javascript

To diff a Word document (or just about any other) against what's in the repository, simply right-click and select TortoiseSVN->Diff. Similarly, if you "Show Log" on any file you can just select two versions and click on "Compare Revisions" from the right-click menu. In either case, the two versions will show up in a Microsoft Word diff view.

> I hoped with subversion (apache mod via https) Word (2007)
> would be able (without user telling it to) with every next
> revision to show the changes but this is not the case.
> Interesting bit is the if I put a comment in it gets
> remembered and showed in "review pane" but not the actual
> text content changes. This is weird, right?
> In Word I use native format and not flat xml.

Comments in Word don't appear in the main body text. They're a separate type of element.

> Is there a way to make word show/track changes for the docs
> under the control of svn without clicking on "Track changes"
> for each document?

That's a bigger question and would probably involve writing a macro to run under Word (and then enabling it for each document).

> Besides, "track changes" would work without subversion
> anyway, right? then what would be the point?

Right, and correct.

> ps. I read in tortoise docs about "use the Revision Log
> dialog" but this option I cannot find anywhere?

That's the "Show Log" option. Possibly this part of the docs needs to be clarified.

> many thanks

I hope I've helped.

> P.
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