Friday, September 16, 2011

how to compare 2 texts with changed words??

I was writing a report on my latest project.Problem was my group consists of 7 people and everybody was contributing to the file on his/her way.I made the initial copy and then they were proof-reading it.Now every copy of file has some changes but for finding them out,one has to go through the whole report 7 times!!!!!!!!!!!
Its really cumbersome to say politely.
So I googled a little bit for an answer to this.And,voila!!!!!!!!!There is an answer waiting for me.Its even available within the repository.No need to install any ppa separately.Just typing the name of the software in the synaptic shows it to me.Though ubuntu lucid repository has an older version of the software.For the latest v1.0.1,this is the place to be.
Name of the software is "wdiff".
From their description,

The program wdiff is a front end to diff for comparing files on a word per word basis. A word is anything between whitespace. This is useful for comparing two texts in which a few words have been changed and for which paragraphs have been refilled. It works by creating two temporary files, one word per line, and then executes diff on these files. It collects the different output and uses it to produce a nicer display of word differences between the original files.
So i am happy now.
Only problem is that,i've deposited the report already;and now using it,i am finding too much error & getting frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!