Visual Studio Source Control with Web Author?

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Visual Studio Source Control with Web Author?

Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:58 pm

I'm currently using the desktop version of oXygen Author to write DITA documentation, and have been using Microsoft Visual Studio Source Control to check files in/out for editing. The files are stored to a network drive as Read-Only, and when I check them out of Visual Studio, the files become editable until I check them back in.

As our documentation team grows, I'm exploring the option of using Web Author for some other team members, who need less robust functionality and easy, flexible access to oXygen. However, I don't see anything explicitly saying that Web Author works with files stored and source-controlled in the way I just described. Can anyone verify for me that Web Author can work with my setup?

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Re: Visual Studio Source Control with Web Author?

Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:38 am


Web Author requires a connector to work with various version control systems. We have a builtin connector for Git repositories and a WebDAV connector that can be configured to work with SVN repositories.

You can achieve the best user experience by developing a custom connector for Team Services Version Control. We have API that allows you do that.

Alternatively, as a low-effort solution, Web Author can also be configured to open files from the file system of the server. So, if you mount the shared drive on the machine that runs Web Author, you should be able to open the files. However, there are some inconveniences here:

- Regarding the checkin/checkout of the files, users will have to use other means to checkin/checkout files. You can add a button on the Web Author toolbar that can invoke a Web Service to perform these actions.
- Files being stored on the Web Author server, any user that has access to Web Author will be able to open and save files.

Please let me know if you are willing to investigate one of these options.


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