Conceptual questions with document management and Apex:

Hello Everyone,
I have reviewed or participated in thread discussions focusing primarily on subject matters concerning text editors, spellcheckers and document printing. The reason for this is due to our client requesting the creation of a basic centralized document management system that will enable users to create, edit and print technical documents in a database centric web-based environment. The caveat is that the client would like the same basic functionality that users get from MS Word. I know about FCKeditor or TinyMCE and their associated spellcheckers. What concerns me is that I have not found a possible plug-in to handle tracking changes, no one wants to re-read a large multiple page document again when all they would rather do is just view the changes. I know there are possible database schemas that might facilitate this type of functionality; I am just hoping it is more of a plug-in function.
So with all that being said my dilemma is how to approach the design of such an application using Apex, if that is possible. Some questions I have are:
1. Do design the application where you have a text field that contains the entire document, which could be as many as 25 or more pages?
2. Or do you break down the document in to multiple text fields and then assimilate them in to a single multi page document when printing?
3. Would you store the document data using XML under condition 1, 2, both or not at all?
4. What types of data tables might exist, such as tables for document templates, work-in-process and final documents or something else?
I know there are a lot of other concepts/questions to consider and a large part of the design approach would be based on client requirements. My goal here is to gather different basic conceptual approaches, from forum members, in order to help facilitate a starting point for the project.
By the way I have seen on the Apex Latest Forum Poll, for quite sometime, where Document Management is an application that people would like to see developed. Can anyone from the Apex-team tell me if it is in the works and if so, when?
Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions.
Kyle

Hey Chet,
Thanks for the response; actually I had visited the sample package apps. site awhile back and did not realize more had been added. My problem is that I use Apex 2.1 and not 2.2, so unless there is a way to load the package apps. to the Oracle hosted site, I won't be able to review there design. It would be nice if Oracle tied these package apps. to their demonstration applications sample downloads function in Apex.
As for storing each line of the document in a single record, this was thought of as an initial approach. A concern by the team was how to program the logic to identify specific changed text in say a 5 sentence paragraph and how large the table would become if recording it line by line.
It is still a good approach to consider and we appreciate the input.
Thanks
Kyle

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