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Re: Versioning word documents

From: Ivan Aleman <bonovoxmofo_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-29 20:25:09 CEST

2007/3/29, matthew.kidd@cappsdigital.com <matthew.kidd@cappsdigital.com>:
> 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?

Hello Mattew,

The short answer is: Yes, you have or better subversion has to handle
them as binaries.

Let me tell you that in my experience versioning binary documents
(such Word docs) was a good idea in the planning stage once we did it
well that's very different history for example if you find yourself
and others doing changes to a document its not possible to find the
differences between versions due the binary status of the files so you
have to write in different font color and do tricks to makke your
changes clear and you end loosing time, at that time we were using
trac for issue bug tracking and milestone tracking, so I decided that
my team and I should try the wiki for documentation and I mean all the
documentation. I am also using Lyx for final/to be print documentation
importing from trac to Lyx (almost all the power of LaTex is there)

Plain text is also a good idea, if you learn LyX (it takes like 4
hours relatively) and you teach others to use it, then everybody can
export to plain ASCII text and use that for versioning doing the
changes with VIM, notepad++ or anything you're used to, later you can
import to LyX again the ASCII text file and deliver a PDF or HTML,
etc. LyX runs on most platforms.


Iván Alemán - http://bonovoxmofo.blogspot.com
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