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Re: Dreamweaver Check In/Check Out System


From: Jared Smith
Date: Dec 4, 2003 11:06AM


Dreamweaver's Check In/Out feature works great for small groups, but
only if it is utilized all of the time and used correctly. Everyone
working on the site has to be vigilant at checking out and checking
in files or it ends up being more of a hinderance than a help. You
cannot force users to use Check In/Out. It must be set up in the
user's site settings in Dreamweaver and users always have the ability
to override checkouts or upload files that are checked out by someone

Another problem with Dreamweaver's Check In/Out feature is that it
writes a small .lck file to the local computer and to the server when
a file is checked in or out. Eventually you can end up with an .lck file
for every file on the site and they become a hinderance when dealing
with files on the server itself.

Jared Smith
WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

On Thursday, December 04, 2003 you sent:
> This is more of a web management vs. accessibility question, but I know
> there are a lot of Dreamweaver users aout there who may have some
> answers.

> Are there any Dreamweaver users implementing the Check In/Check Out
> system? Our college has a committee of about a dozen webmasters from
> different departments and sometimes multiple people manage the same
> page(s) and sometimes accidentally overwrite someone else's recent
> updates.

> Just curious if Check In/Check Out is a slick solution to force
> webmasters to always use the current copy from the server instead of
> their local machine . . . or if it's caused any problems.

> I also will be evaluating Contribute as a possible solution, but haven't
> had time to install and play with it yet. I would be interested in
> opinions of folks using Contribute, too.

> Thanks, Jill
> --
> Jill Lenz
> CVMBS Dean's Office
> Instructional Technology
> Office Physiology 109, Lab Physiology 101
> Colorado State University
> 970-491-6585
> http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/intech/lab/

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