Since Office Watch mentions "recent versions" (plural), we may deduct that at least the two most recent versions are OK, i.e. Word 2002 and Word 2003.
I can't speak from personal experience, being one of those users who never dared to use master documents again after horrible experiences with older versions.
Hans, I agree with your grammatical analysis.
I ask the question, because I had already read up to now that Word 2002 do not support MD.
Therefore I have been surprised to read this plural, which let me suppose that the Word 2002 late SPs support MD.
Since I have encountered the same kind of "horrible experiences" as yours, I would prefer to be certain that my guess is right before taking the risk of creating MD with Office 2002 SP3.
Let's wait until someone who actually tried it in Word 2002 reacts.
Word has had 'working versions' of Master documents for many versions - its just the definition of 'working' that has always been very loose <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>
Word 2002 will work if you follow the rules described in detail by Steve Hudson in this article . Although I haven't actually taken the step and used Master Docs, I am confident that these instructions allow you to work with the feature without the corruptions experienced the less careful users.
Another link worth exploring is http://www.addbalance.com/word/masterdocuments.htm just so you can get a fuller picture of the zone you are about to explore.
Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia
Thank you for your detailed information.
With Steve Hudson's rules such as "Rebuild the documents when the Template style changes" and "Regularly throw the Master out and Rebuild it from Scratch", I am less enthusiastic to try again the MDs.
Moreover Charles Kenyon writes "General Answer: Don't use it" on a page certainly referring to Word 2003 since it was revised in December 2004.
I conclude that is not yet the time to create MDs.
It'a pity because I work on a Word document of 3 Mo with a lot of crossreferences which is not easy to handle even with 1 Go RAM.
I usually edit it on a temporary document , but I need sometimes to look at it and edit globally.
I am a regular user of master documents (word XP and Word 2003), but I follow a set of rules very similar to those referenced earlier - learned through bitter experience.
When you need a master document then it is incredibly useful, you just have to be careful.