RE: Word, MS Binder question

Subject: RE: Word, MS Binder question
From: "krupp, marguerite" <krupp_marguerite -at- emc -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 12:00:41 -0500

In response to Ed Nixon and Neal Dench, DON'T use the Master Document
feature to do this if you value your sanity.

Convert the Frame Chapters to individual Word files. Verify that the tables
and figures came across correctly.

Use the RD (reference document) feature of Word to create the TOC, Index,
etc., from the Word files. You can include as many files as you need to.

This may not totally solve your problem, but it should get you further along
the path.

-----Original Message-----
From: Neal Dench [mailto:ndench -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: Word, MS Binder question

Ed Nixon wrote:

> > Has anyone any experience with Microsoft Binder?
> >
> > I have a client who wants my FrameMaker files in Word.
> > The Frame file is of >130 pages, with lots of pictures and
> > tables and I don't want to put them all in one Word file.
> >
> > Can I put every chapter in it's own file, and bind them
> > together with the Binder? How reliable is this? Is there
> > any maximum amount of files that can be included?
> >
> > Any help much appreciated
> > pia

I've only used MS Binder once--a couple of months ago. I discarded it almost
soon as I had started, because I found it completely unusable for my needs.
I had
assumed (and from the context of your message I think you are probably
that a "binder" was a kind of hold-all document like a master document, that
pointed to all the sub-documents it contained. Not so (at least with Office
I soon discovered that the "sub-documents" I had put into the binder were
actually copied into the binder, which then became home to the documents
themselves. It turns out that a binder just seems to be a way of placing
different types of Office document into one physical file on disk. Horrible.

It's possible that there is a way to configure things so that a binder
points to
files elsewhere on disk, but if there is, I didn't find it. I suspect that
binders are not what you are looking for here, though perhaps Words Master
Document facility would work for you. (Though I see that someone else has
commented on how flaky it is.)


Neal Dench
ndench at // neal.dench at

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