ord will strain trying to automate the process you describe.
There are several possible solutions.
First, There is a product called Interleaf which made a great word
processing tool by the same name. It could handle the really big documents
like you describe. It was used for technical manuals for military aircraft,
auto companies, drug companies, and many others. There was also a group of
consultants there in Germany that are experts that you could contact. They
could automate your process. (Works on UNIX too)
Second, You could write a macro to automate your process. I used
something like this a long time ago to create a button on the tool bar that
ran the macro which updated some fields from a database. The macro can be
created using the macro recorder or the Visual Basic Editor.
Third, Have you considered Source Safe or another configuration tool to
store the individual documents? I am using this to store my versions of the
document, and when I need the whole document, I check all the documents out,
then add the sub-documents to the master for TOC updating and printing. Each
master document is considered a separate project, but this allows more then
one person to work on the document. Many CVS systems automate the macro
process whereby you could do your "Build" using the CVS tool.
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