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RE: using subversion for docīs control

From: Patrick Smears <patrick.smears_at_ensoft.co.uk>
Date: 2004-11-08 20:32:11 CET

> We have used it in this way on our project. However, I don't recommend
> it. If you are like us, you use a tool such as Microsoft Word to produce
> your documents which produces binary files only. There is no good way
> that I know of to view diffs from one version to another. If you can
> get your document authors to be disciplined, you could include the
> change as part of the commit message, but for large documents with many
> contributors, this becomes a nightmare because there can be so many
> large changes.

Of course, displaying diffs isn't the only job a revision control system
does for you - it may still be useful - for keeping track of multiple
revisions, who changed the doc most recently, commit log, centralised
backup etc...

> If someone in the forum knows how to display diffs between binaries,
> please share.

In the case of MS Word, it has a built-in "diff" that compares two
documents, and inserts change bars/revision markers to show the
differences... in my experience it's reasonably good... I think the menu
option varies between versions of Word, but it's something like "Tools...
Compare Versions".

(Also I think newer versions of Word have built-in facilities for revision
tracking - which may or may not be enough for what you need...)


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