Re: Simultaneous Author Access to files

Subject: Re: Simultaneous Author Access to files
From: "John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 18:14:27 -0600

As a possible workaround, have you explored Word's Master Document

This would let you break the main document into subdocuments. Then
each of your writers could work on different subdocuments, while
working on the same master document . For example, writer A could
work on Chapter 1 (saved as a subdocument), while writer B works on
Chapter 2 (saved as a separate subdocument) and so on.

Your work and version control would be limited to making sure that no
two writers are working on the same subdocument at the same time.

While the Master Document feature would be chaos for short documents,
it might meet your needs for longer ones.

> Subject: Simultaneous Author Access to files [Cross-posted to HATT
And Tec--hwr-L]
> From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
> Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 09:44:16 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 13

> I have five writers in my group, and we're constantly tripping each
other up
> when we try to access our files for updating. Currently we're using
Word 97
> (Word 2000 just doesn't cut it) and ForeHelp. Neither of these tools
lets us
> work efficiently as a group since only one person can have
read/write access
> to any one file at a time.

> Are there ANY tools and/or Document Management Systems that will let
us have
> free rein to open and edit whatever needs editing, regardless of
> someone else is using it or not? Or am I asking for the Holy Grail

> Thanks ... and I'd also like to hear how many of you are running
into the
> same problem. If it's a big deal, perhaps the tool vendors will take
> and add more DMS capabilities to their applications.

> John

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