Re: Document Control Software

Subject: Re: Document Control Software
From: Bill Darnall <billd -at- DARCOMINC -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 13:11:54 -0700

>At 12:02 PM 9/22/96 +0200, Bruce Brill wrote:
>>Do any of you good folks out there have any suggestions, general or
>>about specific document control software? Thanks in advance for your

At 12:30 PM 9/22/96 -0700, Kris Olberg wrote:
<snip> _____________________________________
>Here's my suggestion: Create a solid >document hierarchy on paper
>and then duplicate the structure in your file management system,
>whether it be File Manager, Windows Explorer, DOS, UNIX, etc.
>Place all files related to a single document in the same subdirectory.
>If you have any files common to more than one document, place them in a
>separate directory called "common."


This sounds like a cost-effective approach with which
you have had some experience. I'm skeptical about its
general applicability; but what's new about that? Please
help us to better understand your experience with this
approach (good and bad). Thanks in advance.

(1) How did you control user access to your master files?
(2) How did you ensure that your master files would not be
corrupted by naive users?
(3) How did you manage small revisions to
large documents? That is, did you duplicate
the entire document, or only the changes?
(4) Did you have many large embedded illos?
(5) How did you archive your master files?

Bill Darnall
billd -at- darcominc -dot- com


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