Creating a master doc in Word? (Take II)

Subject: Creating a master doc in Word? (Take II)
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 11:16:05 -0400

Others have mentioned Steve Hudson's guidelines on master documents
(, but I remain skeptical.
Given the number of people who have reported problems ranging from the
merely frustrating to the disastrous, I advocate caution. If a feature
doesn't work predictably for _everyone_, and there's no universally
applicable explanation for what things cause the feature to fail, I wouldn't
depend on that feature for important work.

For a cautionary view on master documents, have a look at:
If you've been bitten, also have a look at:

--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
(try ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca if you get no response)
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
580 boul. St-Jean
Pointe-Claire, Que., H9R 3J9 Canada

"It's one thing to see death coming at the hands of your own creation.
That's part of the human epic tradition, after all. Oedipus and his father.
Baron Frankenstein and his monster. William Henry Gates and Windows
'09."--David Brin, _Kiln People_


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