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a quick top note ...  yes, being able to use a Master Doc such that two
files can be displayed at the same time on facing pages might well solve
my problem, but frankly I can't figure out how to manage that....
I don't think columns works for this, as text in the first column
flows to the next column on the same page, not to the same column on
another page. You'd use a two-column table to display parallel
material on single pages, I think. (I do.)
They can -- you can run columns in parallel and then just pour the two
different sets of text into two different columns and then just break
the flow as necessary.

One possible technique is to use linked frames. You could put a
page-sized frame into each page (anchored to the page) and then link
appropriate frames together. In fact, you could get away with doing
this for just one set of pages, perhaps putting frames into all the
right pages and linking them all together in a chain. Your left and
right page text would then flow as you need. You might find this as
tedious as having all those manual page breaks, but it has the
advantage that as you edit the text, the two streams will flow
naturally between their respective pages.
That is an intriguing idea -- unfortunately the docs suggest that the
linked frames have to all be manually created and anchored,  so yes,
this is almost as much trouble as alternating the text,  though it does
offer the benefits...  I guess I might want to do the same thing on the
facing page though it would not be necessary just to maintain style
consistency between the treatments.  I there a way to automate an
anchorage frame in a new page by a page style?  That way I could create
a new subdoc with that style, add pages, link frame and pour in the text
files into their respect frames....
Here's another thought. How about creating two separate documents and
printing them both single-sided as separate print runs on the same
stack of paper? You could display both documents together on the
screen whilst you were editing them.
Not happening
There may be neater solutions. I'm thinking vaguely of setting a page
size to represent a double-page spread, using a two-column table, and
somehow getting it to print across two pages - so one column appears
on each page. But I'm not sure how ...
That is something I think could be done with a master document (but I am
not sure how) which is really what I was looking for when I posted the
question in the first place ;-)

I was thinking that two sub docs could be place on side by side pages in
the master doc, with one sub doc only appearing on odd pages, and the
other appearing on even pages...

BUT the documentation on Master Docs is not all that helpful, there is
only one template on the LO site which is not all that explanatory, and
what is present makes it look like a project of such complexity that one
would not want to bother, lol

Anyone have enough expertise with Master Documents to address this?

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