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

From: lejeczek <peljasz_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:35:02 +0100

many thanks for your message
well, to me it feels a sort of natural to expect that Word
would show by default (like review pane) the changes (until
they are accepted) since a doc in under version control.
(which it does but only for comments like I mentioned earlier).
Diff works fine, although the add-on in Word I use struggle
a bit and there is no way to choose versions to diff between
- is there a good/complete add-on for Word (rest of the
Office) you could recommend?
What I am hoping for is a bit more features/integration
within Word so people would not have to go to Tortoise
itself (we know users, regular folks). Or maybe newer Office
does it better, I use 2007?


On 08/08/14 00:22, Geoff Field wrote:
>> 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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