[p4] Documentation file formats (Or: How do you manage docs across bra nches ?)

Arnt Gulbrandsen arnt at gulbrandsen.priv.no
Tue Jun 15 03:52:00 PDT 2004

I'll keep this general, because I really can't argue with the statement 
"Microsoft Office shall be used." Such a requirement ends all 
discussion, as far as I'm concerned. So I'll make some general 
statements and perhaps you can make use of them.

I've done a little documentation on over the years, versioned in cvs and 
later perforce.

Text changes. For text, you need a mergable format.

Tables change less often. Best to have it there too. If you can generate 
the tables from a versionable text format, that's ideal.

Graphics don't change much, in my experience. (Generated graphics do, 
but in those cases it's better to store the source, of course.)

If you can find a way to split your documentation into text-only and 
graphics-only files, you may find that the text files merge easily and 
the graphics files don't present much of a problem. When graphics files 
need merging, they often need human attention anyway.

Can you do that?


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