Re: MS Word Master Document

Subject: Re: MS Word Master Document
From: "Tim Altom" <taltom -at- simplywritten -dot- com>
To: "Andriene Ferguson" <Andriene -dot- Ferguson -at- concisetech -dot- com>, "TechDoc List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 15:03:52 -0500

Convert them immediately. Do not wait. Now. I'm not kidding.

The master doc feature is notorious for being utterly capricious. It may
work fine for years, then abruptly lose its mind and disconnect all or some
of the subdocuments. Even Word wizards won't use it. It is broken, a plague
upon the earth. And I have some negative comments, too.

If you want to link documents together, do it with fields. Master doc is
like playing catch with a slushy snowball.

Tim Altom
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> I have a 300 page manual to update. The manual was created in MS Word as a
> Master doc. I am trying to decide whether to keep it as a master doc or to
> convert it to one word doc. I know Word does not handle large documents
> well, but if I link all the graphics I think it should be okay. I have
> worked with Word's master doc feature, but I have heard horrible things
> about it.
> Wondering what to do.....
> Thanks.
> Andriene

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