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    Exclamation Managing Changes to Large Website

    Here's the problem I have:

    I'm currently working for a client who hosts internal procedural manuals on a central computer on the network. Everything is programmed in HTML and Javascript -- the computer they have it on does not support PHP, ASP, etc., so server-side languages are not happening.

    They have a government audit coming up, and one of the managers here plans on doing some serious overhaul of their procedural manual to ensure that that it's hunky-dory before the Feds get a look at it. That's all fine and dandy, but the way she wants to make and track changes gives me the shivers.

    She asked me to put the whole website into a Word document so she can make the changes there. Her thoughts are that I would get an e-mail telling me where in the Word doc she made changes, and I would go and make the same changes on the website.

    I tried to explain to her why this is a bad idea (file size, difficulty in finding information in a word doc, word doc not being in-sync with actual website, etc., etc.) To drive my point home, I actually took the time to make the Word document -- it's 500 pages long and has over 90,000 words. She's still pretty set on the idea, but gave me until Monday morning to come up with a different solution.

    So here's the problem-- I'm stuck. If I had any access at all to a server-side language, it'd be a stupidly simple matter to create a web change request form in HTML/Javascript, and have the form handled by PHP to help us keep track of the change requests. The only other thing I can think of is to have her send me individual e-mails on each section that needs to be changed, but to be honest I'm not sure she's up to that of effort on top of what she'll already be doing to get ready for the auditors.

    So what's your thinking? Any ideas here? I'm completely at a loss. Any thoughts or solutions would be helpful. Thanks!

    TL;DR Boss wants to make and track changes to website in a 500-page, 90,000 word MS Word Doc. I have until Monday to come up with a better system, and I'm completely stuck.

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    Maybe there is something to do with browser's extensions ?

    You could find one with a wysiwyg edit tool such PageEdit for Chrome. She could edit the actual page, with a red background to see the changes, then she save in PDF with the page's address on the top, then email you all the pdf.

    Well it is not really effective but you don't have the sync problem with the current version.
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    Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, due to our IT department, we're still living exclusively in the world of IE 7, so browser extensions aren't really an option.

    That would be a great idea, though, if it could work.


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