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Re: Suggestions on modifications on commit

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2003-09-29 23:13:04 CEST

B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> aengstrom@gnejs.net writes:
>>On Mon, Sep 29, 2003 at 10:09:11AM -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>>>So I don't think you'd need any magic scripts to modify word
>>>documents, other than inserting an $Id$ keyword (in the correct
>>>place!) the very first time the Word doc is committed to the
>>>repository. After that, the svn client will do everything for you
>>and if subversion can handle keywords in MS
>>Word-files our issues would disappear (a Word template with $Author$,
>>$Id$ etc. would be all that was needed).
> Well, as CMike pointed out, this is really a limitation of MS Word's
> file format--if we changed the length of a string in a Word file, it
> would trash the file if Word relies on counted offsets.

I'm just wondering whether you could work around this by using MS Word's built-in features.

Doesn't MS Word already have an "Last changed by: author" and "... date" fields which are updated by MS Word whenever you edit a file? If so, can't you use them instead of CVS's or Subversion's "Last committed by: author" and "... date" fields? And perhaps you can use some combination of MS Word's "filename" field and some fixed text or something else instead of the version control system's "Id:" field.

- Julian

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