RE: Visual SourceSafe/other doc control apps

Subject: RE: Visual SourceSafe/other doc control apps
From: geoff -at- userdox -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 14:49:45 +1000

Quoting "Gary S. Callison" <huey -at- interaccess -dot- com>:

> On Mon, 14 Apr 2003, "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com> wrote:
> > (attribution eaten by snakes)
> > : Have any of you used MS Visual SourceSafe for document version
> > : control? Do you recommend it? Any problems?
> > Yes. No. Yes. (In that order.)
> > VSS does not work well with binaries. The system "works", but all it
> > does is store additional copies of the file you're checking back in.
> > So, if you have a 5MB file you edit and check in 5 times, you have now
> > chewed up 25MB of space to store the revision history of that file.
> That's a known limitation of VSS. The solution is: (suprise suprise)
> don't store binaries. Assuming W2K/O2K, download Microsoft Office 2000
> HTML Filter <>
> and the W3C's 'tidy' <>, 'Export as
> Compact HTML' and pipe through tidy before checking in. The files will be
> standards-compliant HTML and diff & pin like any other source. For
> solutions other than W2K/O2K, do something else that preserves most of the
> formatting of the document but spits out a text file.

Just a word of warning on this method: The only way to keep macros with your
documents is to store them in a binary format. Any macros you have included
with your documents will be lost during the conversion process.

There are kludgy semi-work-arounds, but they get quite painful as your document
set grows.


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