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How can I chain several documents together in Writer so they act as a single virtual document? [closed]

asked 2012-08-30 08:12:24 +0200

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updated 2013-02-01 23:42:17 +0200

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In order to avoid one single very large document, I would prefer to have the document split by e.g. chapters or sections. Is there a way LO can take care of the actual ordering, including paging numbers, same styles, toc, exporting the whole thing as one single pdf, printing etc?

I mean acting as if it were one single virtual document.


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answered 2012-09-14 20:08:47 +0200

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answered 2012-09-15 22:07:55 +0200

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Just realize Master/sub documents is NOT some sort of poor mans doc management. If you do this, you will be enticed to think "gee I could version or plug in chapters to the master document". Unfortunately, not really the case (unless you keep editiig the sub doc and save it then save a backup then come back real sub and continue to edit it....if a sub problem, then manually stitch in backup sub).

So compartmentizes a huge document into chapters or sections....but doesnt quite give the intended/implied functions one would need to make useful.

Sounds like a case for a "doc mgmt" add on - form to list master doc name to use or create and maybe paths to master and subs - form to list subdocs to integrate (formatting/numbering consistency would still be on the user to maintain). - OK to build

This would allow you tailor docs to specific audiences (master 1 includes subs 1,3,6,7,9....master 2, includes subs 2,4,5,6,7 while having subs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 available for use)

And to be fair....Word has master / sub doc....but same level of functionality (no plug ability) this is not a rant on LO, its a general "feature" (of course, if that is the end game, can always buy some doc mgmt software).

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