Content Mgmt for binary files

Subject: Content Mgmt for binary files
From: dan_roberts -at- adp -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 14:36:46 -0600

From the little bit of research I've done so far, it seems that standard
development-centric tools (VSS, CVS, MSCMS, etc) arent going to give the
ability to track and version binary files (aka Word files). For binary
files, these type tools only save information at the file level.

However, Geoff Hart, in a recent msg, pointed out a few hoops that Word
can jump through (track changes, versioning, emailing), but those
solutions depend on the user actively complying with the process (and
there's always the oops, i forgot factor).

The other tools that I have seen, which provide for tracking and
versioning inside a Word doc - actually appear to be breaking the doc down
into its parts and storing those parts as XMLed text or in some
proprietary database structure. Which is not the direction I think my
group is intending to go.

So I'm back at square one. Does anyone know of a tool that will provide
reliable change tracking and version control inside binary files?

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

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