Re: Distributing master documents

Subject: Re: Distributing master documents
From: "Jonathan West" <jwest -at- mvps -dot- org>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 15:33:12 +0000

> I am using a master document.

That is where your main problem is. Read this article for why

Why Master Documents corrupt

If you haven't had corruption problems up to now, you have been lucky.
That luck might not hold.

I really very strongly recommend you find an alternative approach to
document-building. For instance, this article describes how to build a
consolidated ToC from a multi-file chapter set without Master

Creating a Table of Contents Spanning Multiple Documents

As for distributing a single file rather than a set, does the file
have to be in Word format? Could you distribute a PDF instead of a
Word file?

If you take the approach of having separate chapter documents, and
avoid Master docs by the method I have suggested, and still want to
consolidate all the docs into a single file for distribution, then a
relatively small VBA macro could go through all the RD fields in the
document and insert all the chapter files in the correct order, for
the purpose of creating a file for distribution.

Jonathan West

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