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I have used source control in documentation for several reasons besides multiple writers working on the same file. Some other uses are: Tracking and communicating changes Deploying documentation to a web site Integrating documentation with software builds. For example, I worked in a doc/software system that facilitated linking javadoc to other ...


The main challenge of having multiple writers is dealing with conflicts -- either you have to lock files to prevent concurrent edits (as Word does), or you need a way to compare and merge changes. Locking files can be pretty limiting (especially as your group grows), but source-control systems give you the latter if you don't use a binary file format. I ...

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