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Master Documents

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 24, 2005 12:57 AM
In Microsoft Word, the practice has been different for almost a decade. Years ago, on the Word MVP site, John McGhie wrote, "A master document has only two possible states: Corrupt, or just about to be corrupt." Microsoft Word 2003 does nothing to change that harsh summary. Although McGhie's statement has been challenged, the only way to avoid either state in Word is to avoid using every feature that makes a master document handy.

Amazing. Incredible. Yet people still think MS Word is a great application.

I have managed several Writer master documents of more than 500 pages, many peppered with screen shots, and never had a crash. The only down side was the unavoidable slowing of response when reaching the limit of system memory.

They've worked just fine for me in WordPerfect 8 and 2000 too. I haven't tried them in OO.o yet.


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