Difference between master documents and INCLUDE TEXT

Subject: Difference between master documents and INCLUDE TEXT
From: "Holly Steele" <hsteele1 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 08:31:16 -0500


I must admit I am kind of confused.

If I mention of techwr-l that I am working on a master document, I get a lot
of advice that says don't do it, run for your life etc. But when I ask for
alternatives to master documents, people suggest using INCLUDETEXT to
include my other files.

The document I was working with initially inserted the "subdocuments" or
other chapters, using INCLUDETEXT.

The definition of master document on google is "A file containing links to
individual files that make up a larger document". So by that definition, I
was working with a master document.

I would just like some clarification. Does using INCLUDETEXT avoid the
corruption problems traditionally associated with master documents? If so,
what is the difference between the two strategies.



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