RE: RoboHelp and VSS

Subject: RE: RoboHelp and VSS
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:40:00 -0700

Will Husa wrote:

> Unless something has changed since the last time I had to use Source
> it's a great resource if you are a programmer, but a pain in the neck
> you
> use it for RoboHelp. You must check out EACH file, work on it and then
> check
> EACH file back in. That's fine if you are only dealing with ONE file.

I've never used VSS, but I can't imagine how it could be a great
resource for programmers if it makes you check files out/in one at a

We use TortoiseSVN to access a Subversion repository. The engineers
download a local copy of an entire project, or maybe a branch. I
download just the portion of the directory structure containing the help
files and related stuff (we don't source-control our FM source docs,
only the files that go into the build).

After modifying any number of files (in their case, generally a handful
or two; in my case, sometimes scores), we can upload all the changes to
the repository with a single Commit command.

Neither I nor our engineers could put up with a repository that required
us to commit our changes one file at a time.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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