Word: Compare Acronym table to external master

Subject: Word: Compare Acronym table to external master
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:38:50 -0700

Hi Whirlers,

Working in Word 2010 on Win7.

I'm working with multiple documents each having a local Acronym list (2-column table, acro/definition) that is largely a small subset of an external master Acronym document, also in Word, also 2-column table. Sometimes extra terms are added for the local doc but for purposes here these don't matter since they're not in the master.

Often the local list gets munged relative to the master list: mostly wrong expansions, sometimes wrong capitalization, other minor problems.

Currently I must validate each entry manually.

I'm looking for an automatic way to push a button and validate against the external master, so that with track changes turned on, the result in the local doc would be a collection of redlines that, when redlines are accepted, give me the proper local acro list.

Another feature is a little more complicated. Some acros have more than one expansion. In such a case I'd want a pop-up selection list and I can choose which one is right for that local doc. This will cover the case when the correct expansion is misspelled or when the incorrect expansion is listed.

I did a quick search and there's promise out there, even the suggestion that Excel could be called into play to provide the validation.

I'll search some more but I figured The Whirlers would be the group to check with.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer on this one. It's not critical but just seemed like a nice feature that would save some time.


PS - I can create 2 docs, one with the master list and one with the local list, and do a Compare in Word, but the local list might be anywhere from 5-50 terms while the master is up around 1,000.

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