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RE: Fixed-width keyword expansion

From: Derek Hoyle <derek.hoyle_at_embeduk.com>
Date: 2005-07-14 14:36:17 CEST

Greg, All,

Thanks for the support. Some more information...

Keywords are expanded in MS Word and OO no problem, but both file formats
rely on relative pointers within the file. This means that any movement
within the file caused by keyword expansion invalidates the pointers and
therefore corrupts the file.

I had hoped that the new office XML file formats would help, but they are
compressed XML files so the contents are obscured from SVN. If anyone knows
otherwise, please let me know.

For now we are manually adding major revision numbers (1.0, 1.1, etc.) to
the documents, but they are stored under SVN and therefore traceable,
recoverable, etc. This feature just saves us that extra hassle and gives us
consistant revision numbers on all documents & source files.

There was a request last year for this, but there are no responses in the
mailing list so I guess it was overlooked.

Cheers,

Derek

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Thomas [mailto:thomasgd@omc.bt.co.uk]
Sent: 14 July 2005 12:38
To: derek.hoyle@embeduk.com
Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: Fixed-width keyword expansion

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 11:15:14 +0100, "Derek Hoyle" <derek.hoyle@embeduk.com>
wrote:

>Is there another way to version MS Word
>or OO files?

Subversion will quite happily version control MS Word or OO files. I've
absolutley no idea what the effect would be of enabling keyword expansion on
those particular file formats would be, it may be the current
variable-length expansion will corrupt the file.

That said, the idea of a fixed-length keyword expansion certainly sounds
like a good one to me.

Greg

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