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Re: Versioning word documents

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-29 20:25:06 CEST

On 3/29/07, matthew.kidd@cappsdigital.com <matthew.kidd@cappsdigital.com> wrote:
> We have an intitive at work that requires the versioning of word documents.
> However since we do not have access to the version of Word that allows
> saving a document in an XML-format does that mean the only way to accurately
> version word documents is to treat them as binaries?

Subversion treats binaries and test files the same to begin with, as
far as diffing is concerned and the repository will not grow by the
full file size on each commit.

Apply an svn:mime-type of application/msword to all your Word files as
an extra precaution.

If you use TortoiseSVN, it comes with a script which will let you view
the differences between 2 versions using Word's built-in capabilities.

Is Word's XML format even plain XML, or is it zipped (thus requiring
it be handled as a binary anyway) like OpenOffice?

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