Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Ink for Everyone
Word 2010 or Word 2007 documents aren’t the only ones you can insert directly into
your files; you can also add Word 97-2003 documents, Web page content, template
content, files in Rich Text Format (*.rtf), straight text files (*.txt), and OpenDocument
text (*.odt).
What’s OpenDocument format? The OpenDocument format (*.odt) was developed by
the OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)
consortium to provide an XML format that promotes easy file exchange for both free
and purchased office software. Google Docs and OpenOfice are two examples of
software that produces OpenDocument files.
Master Documents and Subdocuments
I nserting one text file into another isn’t a far cry from a larger operation that enables
you to put together multiple documents—and pull them apart again—when the
need arises. Using master and subdocuments, you can organize and share work on a
huge project—for example, a multichapter technical book like this one—so that each
person on your team can do his or her part, and then compile the whole project in a
nice organic whole for finishing and distributing.
The master document contains links to the various subdocuments, but individual
authors can work on their documents as needed, making changes, updating content,
and reformatting to their hearts’ content. Then when the document is pulled together
and finished, styles are consistent, page numbers are in place, and the whole document
has a consistent look and feel. Nice.
To find out more about working with master and subdocuments for longer projects,
see Chapter 24, “Special Features for Long Documents.”
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