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Subject:RE: Large Documents in Word From:Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:56:22 -0500
100 pages? Heh. Tech writers have testified to Word documents that they maintained with 300, 600, over a thousand pages, complete with graphics and tables.
Of course, this requires a lot of training. Jonathan West wrote, "You have to put as much effort into learning it as you would have to in order to learn Frame."
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 6:12 PM
To: Lin Sims
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Large Documents in Word
... Microsoft Word 2013 (and up) is actually a very capable and reliable word processor. But the key is word processing for small documents, perhaps no larger than 100 pages or even less with objects that increase memory usage and complexity (e.g. tables and graphics).
It is *not* a highly capable or reliable technical writing tool. Even though Microsoft made a brilliant redesign of the file format (docx - which is actually compressed XML), file corruption is still oddly common and [more oddly] only slightly easier to fix.
So, my advice is that as long as your documents are under 75 pages and all your graphics are external links, you are probably in the safe zone...
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