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Re: Versioning word documents

From: Jared Silva <jayrod_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-03 15:39:51 CEST

karl.kornel@mindspeed.com wrote:
> 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).


The use of fixed-length keywords is especially handy when performing
substitutions into complex file formats that themselves use
fixed-length fields for data, or for which the stored size of a given
data field is overbearingly difficult to modify from outside the
format's native application (such as for Microsoft Office documents).

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