Issue 7626

Summary: Alter "Compare Documents" to work for a Master Documents???
Product: Writer Reporter: Unknown <non-migrated>
Component: uiAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: cno, esigra, issues, oooqa, richard
Version: OOo 1.0.1Keywords: oooqa
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: PC   
OS: Windows 2000   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description Unknown 2002-09-10 00:42:26 UTC
According to the 1.0.1 built-in help, there is a "Compare 
Document" facility hung off the "Edit" menu.  But in fact, it didn't appear to 
be present on that menu ( for a Master Document ).  I could have somehow missed 
it, but failed to find it on other stock menus as well.  I did glean some hint 
that it may exist somewhere, by going into Tools - Configure..., the Menu tab.  
In the "Menu entries" panel Under "~Edit", I asked to modify "Compare 
Documents" but it was ostensibly already there, thus the modification was 
refused ( "Modify" button greyed out ).  At first, I thought the configuration 
facility didn't work at all.  So I tried to replace the "Compare Documents" 
facility on the "Edit" menu with something else.  That worked.  The changed 
item now appeared on the "Edit" menu, where not item was present before.  After 
changing back "Compare Documents" on the "Edit" menu, and some poking around, I 
discovered that "Compare Documents" existed on the "Edit" menu when editing 
individual sub-documents of a Master Document.  I can only guess, that it is 
*not* meant to work for Master Documents.  Of course, I could have missed it, 
but I have not found anything in the documentation which states that this 
feature isn't supposed to work for Master Documents themselves.

Suffice it to say that I had reason to compare to Master Documents themselves, 
not the sub-documents, so it would have been nifty for my purposes, if this 
feature worked for two Master Documents themselves, rather than just the sub-
documents.  Either way, unless I just missed the statement in the 
documentation, at a minimum, the documentation should be changed to state that 
the feature does not apply to Master Documents.
Comment 1 prgmgr 2002-09-12 00:03:42 UTC
John, thanks for taking the time to post this issue.

If my understanding of OOo is correct, Master Documents are like 
Templates in Word.  It seems reasonable to assume that all Master 
Documents will be unique and comparing them would be useless.

That's probably why Master Documents do not have the Compare 
Documents feature enabled.

Thank you for using and supporting OOo.
Comment 2 Unknown 2002-09-12 01:28:46 UTC
For clarification, help can be requested on the keyword "template" in
MS-Word Help, and then the keyword "master_document".  Yes, include
the underscore.  The parallel Help search phrases in Ooo Writer
are "template" and "master documents".  Yes "documents" is plural,
and no underscore is used with OOo Writer.  I.E., "template" !
= "master  document".  In other words, in general concept, what is
called a "template" in MS-Word, is called a "template" in OOo Writer,
and what is called a "Master Document" in MS-Word is called a "Master
Document" in OOo Writer.
Comment 3 prgmgr 2002-10-20 23:57:29 UTC
Yes John, I missed the point with Master docs.

I believe OOo's "Compare Documents" feature only works for straight 

I'll change this to an enhancement request.

User wants a "Compare Documents" feature for master documents.
Comment 4 h.ilter 2003-03-06 14:22:27 UTC
Reassigned to BH.
Comment 5 rbos 2007-05-17 16:07:57 UTC
Would it be possible to make 'compare documents' work for Master documents?

Master documents are just like regular text documents (.odt), but with the
ability to pull in sub documents (.odt files).

The text in master documents can change, and it would be very good to have
the possibility to see what changed.
Comment 6 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:57:14 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements".