TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: NORMAL vs BODY styles From:"Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Fri, 25 May 2001 10:29:29 -0400
A clarification: Microsoft Word requires a Normal style in your template and
document. The Normal style is integral to the program. Adobe FrameMaker only
has a Normal style if you choose to include one. (FrameMaker does not rely
on any specific styles, though standard basic templates do include a style
called Body. Also, speaking of required items, FrameMaker does not require
specific fonts, it's a pain to use without having Helvetica and Times
PostScript fonts installed, even if *you* don't actually use them.)
Why have a Normal and a Body. In FrameMaker, no reason unless you convert to
Word a lot, then having a Normal style in FrameMaker makes sense. In Word,
as mentioned, Normal is required. You might *want* to use a Body style to
help prevent Word overwriting your style without your permission, which can
happen with the Normal style.
Lead Technical Writer
One Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
tel: 860-728-6777 x211
sean -at- quodata -dot- com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Kleczka [SMTP:pkleczka -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Recently, I redefined the NORMAL style
> in RoboHTML Help so that it looks exactly
> like our BODY style. I did this because
> we had to keep selecting BODY each time we
> began new text, and I figured it would save
> us a step.
> But, since Microsoft Word and FrameMaker
> both have normal styles, it got me to
> wondering about the purpose of "normal".
> Why have a normal *and* a body. Why not just
*** Deva(tm) Tools for Dreamweaver and Deva(tm) Search ***
Build Contents, Indexes, and Search for Web Sites and Help Systems
Available now at http://www.devahelp.com or info -at- devahelp -dot- com
Sponsored by Information Mapping, Inc., a professional services firm
specializing in Knowledge Management and e-content solutions. See http://www.infomap.com or 800-463-6627 for more about our solutions.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.