Re: Git for Tech Pubs [was FW: L@@king for recommendations
But merge and DIFF of XML files isn't something I really want to do anyway.Â These tools are designed for source code where even line breaks carry significance.Â XML as it's used in DITA does not carry the same line-based significance.Â Also, you probably don't want to use raw XML for your doc reviews...Â Who wants to read that?
But the bottom line for DITA and GIT is that it's great.Â Like others have said, it's not about locking files. It's about tracking versions and merging conflicts.Â We do our best to divide the labor so that two people don't work on the same file at the same time.Â But if a conflict does come up, it's not too hard to resolve. And FrameMaker has a negligible impact on the work flow, compared to other editors (including text editors).
But I would not recommend using MIF as a format for source control.Â MIF includes unique IDs for every document object, and those can change arbitrarily just by opening and saving a file.Â You would find yourself forced to track and manage commits to files that you thought you hadn't changed.Â And forget about resolving a merge conflict in MIF...Â Again, you could have conflicts for hundreds of lines of MIF that you never touched.Â And don't forget that a MIF file is really big -- It doesn't only represent the content and structure of a document, it represents all the formatting, including the underlying template, and lots of other headroom that FrameMaker uses to describe a document.Â Definitely, XML is the way to go if you want to store Maker files in GIT.
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