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    Master Documents - has ANY version nailed it yet? (Word 97+)

    Hello. I've been searching around ( <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23> search!) and since my company still only lets me play with Word '97 and at home I have no use for Master Documents, I'm wondering if ANY version has gotten it right yet. The quote I love (but forget where it came from) is "It's not a matter of IF Master Documents screws up, it's WHEN." Is this quote still true for versions later than Word '97?
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    Re: Master Documents - has ANY version nailed it yet? (Word 97+)

    Hi KT:
    The quote is from John McGhie: "A master document has only two possible states: Corrupt, or just about to
    be corrupt" and his article is Why Master Docs Corrupt. I can't say whether it's ever been "nailed", but you'll find a positive explanation of how & when to use them in a doc file that you can download here.

    I haven't used it though. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Master Documents - has ANY version nailed it yet? (Word 97+)

    Phil,

    Thanks, it's nice to know I'm not the only person who thinks a master document can be used if you are careful. Sometimes it is the only tool do a job.

    StuartR

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    Re: Master Documents - has ANY version nailed it yet? (Word 97+)

    Thanks guys... Stuart, I had seen that post of yours and when I was forced to use master docs (way back when) I followed more or less the same route (until I finally convinced my boss that it was horribly flakey) Phil, great explanation, I'll keep that in my pocket for the next time any of my bosses gets a bright idea.
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