Hi Steve

Very amusing, but only to those observing. I'm sure we all have similar horror stories. Mine was a 75-page RFP that Sales said "has to go out this afternoon". The future of the known universe depended on it. The sales guy had fiddled, and it had blown up, so he passed it to me. By about 4.30 pm I had saved the world.

I later found out that Sales used the same RFP document for everything, just changing the specifics and re-saving it. Who needs templates?

You are right on the money. It's a nightmare scenario. The OP's need for training versions sounds like just the job for conditional text, or for attribute filtering if the content is structured.


On 26/02/2015 11:36 AM, Steve Rickaby wrote:
I do not think I have posted this story to this group before, so, as Word is 
being discussed...

This really happened: I was there, I watched.

Long time ago, I worked as a contractor for a small but upwardly mobile 
company. At that time the staff occupied a single floor of an office block in 
West London, a couple of directors, a secretary and a bunch of very bright and 
highly-paid engineers.

One of the senior staff came in with the words 'This memo is urgent: can you 
get it out quickly.' (Probably a strategic error, triggering a local 
perturbance in the Universal Murphy Field). The secretary set to work typing up 
the one-page memo in Word. Something went wrong, she struggled with it, and got 
nowhere. So she called over one of the very bright and highly-paid engineers to 
help. He struggled with it and got nowhere, so he called over another very 
bright and highly-paid engineer. I don't know what they were struggling with, 
but the words 'I've never seen it do that before' occurred more than once.

After a while most of the company's technical staff were helping the poor girl 
to lash Word into producing this one-page memo. Finally they succeeded, and the 
print command was issued. The printer jammed. One of the highly-paid engineers 
unjammed the printer. The print command was issued again... and again the 
printer jammed. I cannot remember how many times this happened, but I do 
distinctly remember that at the very point when the printer was finally coaxed 
into life, just as I thought 'Surely, nothing else can go wrong'... the toner 
cartridge exploded.

I am not making this up.


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