RE: NORMAL vs BODY styles

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.




Sean Brierley
Lead Technical Writer

Jenzabar, Inc.
One Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
tel: 860-728-6777 x211
fax: 860-247-0249
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

Adobe® Certified Expert
Quadralay WebWorks® Wizard

> -----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
> body?


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