Subject: RE: HELP! (Word/Visio File Size) SUMMARY AND THANKS
From: "Harry Bacheler" <hbacheler -at- geo -dot- census -dot- gov>
To: <BlaineBachman -at- bia -dot- gov>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 16:11:53 -0500

To All

If you use the "Save As ..." button every once in a while you will see the
file stay small.

What is happening, otherwise, is the document carries around all of the
changes you have made.
This allows you to make use of the "Undo" key over several
'saves/close/opens' of the document.

In the "save" mode the application carries all of the garbage with it.

In the "Save As ..." mode, garbage collection is exercised,
and the garbage (extraneous stuff) is NOT saved with the file.

We would remember that all files could be considered as 'linked lists'.
The 'inserted/deleted' parts are just added to/deleted from the linked

A technical description would take too long. If you want a more complete
explanation (as I see it, I would be glad to make up a drawing and
illustrate it)>

I hope that this helps.

Harry M. Bacheler, Jr.
VGS, Inc.

"The thoughts, ideas, and opinions expressed in my portion of this email
are mine and mine alone.  They are not the thoughts, ideas, and/or
opinions of any past, present, or future employers, or any group that I
might belong to."

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of
> BlaineBachman -at- bia -dot- gov
> Sent: Friday, 24 March, 2000 02:26 PM
> Subject: RE: HELP! (Word/Visio File Size) SUMMARY AND THANKS
> I once had access to a utility that allowed me to "see" a Word file in its
> undraped form (woo woo! (pant) (pant)) I discovered at that time
> that once a file is saved for the first time, Word handles each subsequent
> change as a "delta" string appended in chronological order to the end of
> the file (hence the recommendation to copy over all but the final
paragraph mark).
> Any wonder why the file continues to grow?

********** see my explanation above ***********
> For this reason, I also take every opportunity to discourage others
> (particularly my employer) from surreptitiously sending Word .doc files to
> their customers and clients. The item that they copied and changed could
> contain sensitive information embedded in the file.
> -Blaine (feelin' "soap-boxy today, fer sure!)

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