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Re: Versioning word documents

From: <karl.kornel_at_mindspeed.com>
Date: 2007-04-03 06:55:19 CEST

"Ivan Aleman" <bonovoxmofo@gmail.com> wrote on 03/29/2007 11:25:09 AM:

> 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.
>
><<<snip>>>

Another note that might be helpful: You can use --Fixed-Length-- keywords
(ONLY fixed-length keywords) in Word and PowerPoint documents. I put the
$Id:: $ in the header/first slide, and the $Rev:: $ in each
subsequent-page header/slide. I have also tried fixed-length keywords in
Visio documents, but it doesn't seem to work. You'll also have to
remember (and remind) others that there isn't a $Log:: $ keyword in
Subversion, so be prepared to have fun if you want to use version control
AND have a "document history" page in each document!

I should reiterate the fixed-length part: If you use a variable-length
keyword, Word will most likely refuse to open, or even recover, the file
(as happened with me).

-- A. Karl Kornel, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
karl.kornel@mindspeed.com -- (949) 579-3503
"Remember the Rules: Separation & Optimization"
Received on Tue Apr 3 06:55:28 2007

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