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RE: [xml-dev] Is CVS A Practical Means to Manage XML Versions In A Production Environment

Thanks Liam.  The ugly bit is the Word format.  Up translation sux in
general, getting all the resources into a clean valid format is a lot of
string schlepping and without decent library management impractical for
groups.  High resistance to learning the code tricks for XML production
means the environment spawns taggers.  I still don't understand why
university tech writing courses don't teach more practical tricks for using
tools for systems that deliver markup and graphics as the final deliverable
with the PDF.  Taggers are a terribly inefficient approach to the goal.


-----Original Message-----
From: Liam R E Quin [mailto:liam@w3.org] 
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2011 9:40 PM
To: Len Bullard
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Is CVS A Practical Means to Manage XML Versions In A
Production Environment

On Fri, 2011-09-16 at 19:18 -0500, Len Bullard wrote:
> The subject has the question.
> Assembling a free to near free environment for multiple authors working on
> multiple projects where some must be able to simultaneously edit then
> XML and illustrations, is free CVS a practical means?

If they are not editing the same parts of the same file, CVS is fine.

It's not as shiny and new as "git" but there are graphical tools for
most operating systems.

Subversion is the oldest of the CVS replacements and as others have
said, may be easier to administer, but we use CVS at W3C and by and
large it's fine.  It scales up to reasonable sizes (e.g. a few gigabytes
is fine), in some ways better than git since it doesn't require everyone
to have a local copy of the repository. Don't try "git clone" on
dialup :-)

Sure, the diffs are line based, so it helps to use editors that are
stable in untouched parts of the document, and to turn on indenting with


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
Pictures from old books: http://fromoldbooks.org/

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