Re: cross references in Word
Would anyone know why cross references in Word would dramatically increase
file size? We have a couple documents with page number and heading
references that have more than doubled in size since we added page number
references like: "See Page [field code] for more information." (We haven't
added all that many references.) We'd like to continue using Word's cross
reference feature because it simplifies updates, but may be unable to
because of the file size increases. Does anyone have any suggestions?
It is mainly due to how Microsoft programmed Word. There is a high overhead in the way they did it. You will also start to notice a higher incidence of crashing, and eventually, corruption of your file as it becomes larger. Finally, if you pass the size and complexity threshold, the file will no longer open.
Keep your files small!
Divide and sub-divide is the most practical strategy for maintaining usable Word files of this sort.
If you are really interested in making complex documents like this, look into Adobe FrameMaker, or Interleaf (which now goes under a different name I believe).
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