RE: Large help projects and version control software

Subject: RE: Large help projects and version control software
From: "Lorraine Kiewiet" <Lorraine -dot- Kiewiet -at- mullinconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 08:13:40 -0700

There are lots of us who would be interested in a compilation of your findings, I'm sure. Maybe you can publish it in Intercom sometime. But in the meantime, please keep us posted.

My experience in multi-author Help systems and version control was with Visual SourceSafe and a linked WinHelp systems produced with RoboHelp. We just made life simple by assigning one HLP to one author at a time. Since it was a linked TOC, we just stayed out of each other's way.

Sue Gallagher points out a great benefit with VSS: preventing others from checking out the file when you have it checked out. At my current employer, however, we have StarTeam, which does not automatically 'lock' a file when you check it out.

Another writer and I are about to embark on co-authoring an HTMLHelp system using RoboHTML and StarTeam. How do you decide who gets the MPJ file? Maybe we need a toy from McDonald's?
Besides keeping my fingers crossed, what else should we set up so as not to mess up?


Lorraine Kiewiet
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