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Re: subversion as a document management system

From: marc gonzalez-carnicer <carnicer.lists_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-26 08:25:46 CEST

This is a subject I am quite interested in. I have been
using subversion (and other VCSs, like bzr) to manage
my documents and web sites. I edit them mainly using
docbook, and now I am gradually using more and more
with restructuredText. They are both a good front-end
to html or latex (docbook).

The problems I find are 2 :

* differences with indentation do not necessarily
 mean a difference within the document. It is
 important to enforce some indentation style
 to help reduce the unwanted diffs.

* it is not a user friendly system, specially for non-tech
 users

But besides that, I am quite satisfied with
svn as a DMS.

2007/6/25, Dirk <subversion@nogga.de>:
> Hello,
>
> we are using subversion as a version control system for our software
> development. The tool does a great job for this. Now we looked into
> using the same ideas for document control, but had some problems
> applying the underlying methods for documents. The problems are, that
> documents in most cases stand for themself and primarily have the status
> "Draft" or "Released". I most cases the last released version of the
> document also replaces all previous releases, and some documents needs
> to be reviewd by others before the can be releases. So there is some
> workflow behind the document. Subversion is not the tool to enforce a
> workflow, but could be a good solution to save the documents hierarchy.
>
> Tools, that I found and that are not based on subversion in my personal
> order of interest:
> * DocuPortal.Net (http://docuportal.de)
> * xinco DMS (http://www.xinco.org/index.php)
> * Office Manager (http://www.krekeler.de)
> * DocuWare AG
>
> Nevertheless, I have not found any solution, that extends subversion
> into this area. Is there anybody out there using subversion as a DMS
> solution?
>
> Best regards
> Dirk
>
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