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Fixed-width keyword expansion

From: Derek Hoyle <derek.hoyle_at_embeduk.com>
Date: 2005-07-14 12:15:14 CEST

There is often a need for revision numbers to be added to binary files,
especially documents written in MS Word, Open Office, etc. This is possible
(with some compromise) using other version control tools. Using Visual
Source Safe (yuk!) a fixed-width field can be entered in the form:
$Revision:: $
The :: tells VSS to expand within the $...$ without changing the number of
characters, so the file length and layout is unchanged. This works for all
This also helps keep source file header blocks tidy, for those who like that
sort of thing. The down side is that the data may be truncated, but that's
up to the user to leave enough space.
This is a really useful feature that allows nasty binary documents to become
version controlled, and I propose that something similar be included in SVN.
It would make a big difference to a lot of document management tasks that
presently rely on manual versioning.
Is there any more support for this? Is there another way to version MS Word
or OO files?
Keep up the excellent work...
Best Regards,
Derek Hoyle
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