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Subject:Re: Basing Word styles on Normal or Body Text? From:dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 15 May 2003 00:31:53 -0700
"Mark L. Levinson" wrote:
> ...by necessity the Normal.dot template
> includes a Normal style.
Not by necessity, by design. MS decided Normal.dot would be the default template, and Normal would be the default style.
>...a department is still vulnerable if it
> ever sends files for reading or processing outside
> the department.
Nope. As soon as you get the file back, your own template is applied, and all your styles regain their intended definitions.
All this is assuming, of course, that you use the tool as it's designed to be used.
> I wonder, though... If everyone goes over to
> Body Text as a substitute for Normal, won't we
> start finding that our Body Text styles overwrite
> one another?
Exactly, which is why you *use* the built-in styles, including Normal; save them in a template that's applied to the document and available to every writer; and follow up occasionally to see that everyone's playing nicely.
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