RE: Pray for me

Subject: RE: Pray for me
From: "Guru Kamath" <guru -at- bom5 -dot- vsnl -dot- net -dot- in>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 16:05:00 +0530


>Use Word's AutoFormat feature to come up with at least a rough crack
>at applying styles. They'll stink, but you'll be closer than you were, and
>some creative global search and replace action will let you get something
>acceptable ASAP. -- Eric Ray

Absolutley a brilliant idea, Eric! Have never really used the AutoFormat
feature extensively -- but I think the idea is really good. I have used
Styles extensively and Searching and Replacing of Styles. My own two bits
would be to use Macros also. Macros could help achieve the, er,
impossible. I remember doing some macro work on 6,000-10,000 pages of
mainframe code (ASCII text!) In some 10 days, these became a rough draft for
a programming/system manual.

No, I am no expert on macros. I simply recorded the macros -- and did a cut
and paste job of the macros. Some of the macros ran into 8-10 pages (the
same macro being repeated many times)! At the click of a single key about
60 pages got processed in about a minute!

I am in full agreement with everyone on the impossibility of the situation
and the need for more resources (and perhaps time!) to complete the job.
But, autoformatting, global search and replace, macros, and other such
shortcuts and methods will certainly provide a slim chance of achieving the

Ops, thought of a new twist to the old American saying: The difficult we do
immediately. For the impossible, come to the Techwhirl experts*. (*referring
to the experts on this list and not to humble me!)

Freelance Technical Writer
based in Bombay, India (er, Come to India. 1 Billion people cannot be wrong!

Favourite American saying: The difficult we do immediately. The impossible
takes a little longer time.

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