I like git, and I like to use it with most of my projects. But I mostly need to use Word to write manuscripts because it what and my co-authors and journals know how to work with.
Word uses a binary format, so
git diff normally displays nothing useful. Martin Fenner posted an incredibly useful blog post that solved this whole problem for me.
I’m on OSX. First, I got Pandoc, a tool that turns Word files into simpler text formats that can be more easily piped into
Second, I needed to add some lines to the
.gitconfig file in my home directory:
[diff "pandoc"] textconv=pandoc --to=markdown prompt=false [alias] wdiff=diff --word-diff=color --unified=1
Third, in the git repo, I needed to create a new file
.gitattributes with contents:
git diff works just like I would hope.