Re: My New tcolumn

Subject: Re: My New tcolumn
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 12:56:47 -0800

Robert_Johnson -at- percussion -dot- com wrote:

1. Managing large documents in OOo. How large a file is practical? What are the limitations? If a document gets too large, can you split it among multiple files (a la Frame or Word's Master Document? How do you manage that?

The limit seems based on the machine. Up to the amount of free RAM, few problems seem to exist. Over that, the machine starts grinding, as you might expect. The largest file I've opened so far is 750 megs in the drawing program.

The master document feature is as stable as Frame's book files, and has more features for editing. In version 1.0,. I had a few crashes, but no problems recovering. Since version 1.0.1 (I'm currently using 1.1), I've had no trouble whatsoever.

2. OOo and Content Management. Several open source CM systems are available, as well as any number of proprietary systems. How well does OOo integrate with them? How do can you make them work together effectively? What are the alternatives if CM is not available?

I haven't explored this extensively, since proprietary CM systems can be expensive. However, you can certainly treat OOo files like any other binary files in cvs. It would be interesting to see what could done with a database. Since OOo files are really a zip file of a number of XML files, you could potentially have a very powerful combination. I know of a few people exploring the possibility, but I'm not following their efforts very closely.

Within OOo, you can save versions, but you would have to number them manually rather than automatically. Also, since versions are saved in the same zipped file, storing too many versions is not very practical.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I've added them to my list.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177


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