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What's a document?

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker Last update: Dec 18, 2017

Scroll Documents introduces the concept of documents to Confluence. This article explains exactly what documents in Confluence are, and when you should use them.

What's a document?

In terms of scope, a document comprises a page and all of that page's descendants:

Essentially, documents are a new scope of content in Confluence that's larger than a page, but smaller than a space. And that's what Documents are best used for – managing documents that contain too much content for a single page, but aren't large enough to warrant their own space.

What can I do with documents?

Of course, this parent/descendant page relationship already exists in Confluence. But the big advantage of creating documents is that you can use Scroll Documents to manage all a document's pages as a single unit of content.

Let me explain using a concrete example – a company handbook with its different sections on different pages:

Normally in Confluence, you couldn't manage this company handbook as a single unit. For example, you wouldn't be able to create versions of, or collect metadata about, the document as a whole – only the individual pages in the document.

However, if you mark the handbook as a document:

you can use Scroll Documents' range of document management features to manage the handbook as one discrete unit of content. For example, you can:

Next steps

Now you've learned all about what documents are, go ahead and create your first one – either from existing pages, or totally from scratch.

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