Single sourcing in Word

Subject: Single sourcing in Word
From: "Holly Steele" <hsteele1 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Laura Praderio Lynn" <lpraderio -at- alpineclimbs -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:25:48 -0500

Hi All

I would like to find a way to single-source documents in Word without using
master documents.

Here is my situation:

The company I am working for has four chapters that are shared between many
different user guides. Understandably, they do not want to go to every user
guide to make changes when one of these common chapters needs to be updated.

The tech writer before me used master documents and I was trying to use it
as well. But one can only slam their heads against the wall for so long, so
I decided to abandon that approach.

My co-worker and I are trying out a PDF solution, but that too is running
into some difficulties (I will ask some questions about that one in another

What do you use to single-source documents in Word without falling back on
master documents?

Any suggestions would be very welcome.



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