Re: MS Word 97-98 problems

Subject: Re: MS Word 97-98 problems
From: Steve Arrants <stevea -at- CNET -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 08:05:34 -0700

A couple of things, Dick.

First, don't use the Master Document feature. It has never worked very well,
and is inconsistent in its results. Try making the document one file, or
printing multiple files (you'll have to carefully check page/table numbering
and the like).

Second, ignore anyone who tells you to use Frame and leave it at that.
You'll find a lot of people here who sing Frame's praises, but forget your
original question and situation. It is probably too late at this point to
convert everything over to Frame. You need a solution now, and mucking about
with Word is probably the 'best' at this point. However, in the future, you
should look at Framemaker as your authoring tool.

Oh yes -- turn off the display of hidden text and the like in WORD. It
sometimes affects the page breaking, etc.

steve arrants

Steve Arrants
CNET: The Computer Network
stevea -at- cnet -dot- com
415.395.7805 x4766


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of David Dick
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 8:54 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: MS Word 97-98 problems
>
>
> Greetings Techwrls,
>
> I am struggling, and frustrated, to produce a 190 page book using the
> Master Document feature.
>
> The document consists of 10 individual files. Each file is
> properly formatted.
>
> the problem that I have is that when I open the document under 'Master
> Document' the following formatting problems occur: the headers of some
> files change, page numbers change from Roman to Arabic, and
> creation of
> random page breaks. Despite efforts to fix the problems, they return
> with a vengence.
>
> How do you suggest that I solve the problem(s)? Comments & suggestions
> are greatly appreciated. Regards
>
> David
> Senior Technical Writer
> S.W.I.F.T.
>


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