Re: re Basing Word Styles on Normal or Body Text?

Subject: Re: re Basing Word Styles on Normal or Body Text?
From: "Martin Page" <mpage -at- csl -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 12:13:32 +0100

> It doesn't matter what the styles are *named*--you're still gonna have to
get the definitions to the other office--so you might as well use built-in
styles that provide lots of other benefits, rather than telling people to
use BodyText, OurOfficialApprovedNormal, or some other style that they'll
promptly forget.

I think it goes further than this - people just don't use customisations,
probably because they have an established comfort zone with the tool (in my
case, Word).

I created a bullet-proof template with VBA workarounds for all of Word's
wierdness (including list numbering), with meaningful style names like
Procedure Step, and custom menus with the useful commands on. But people
still just use Normal, create headings with Bold & Block Caps, and
handnumber XREFs.

With hindsight I wish I'd stuck to the standard style names - Normal may
come back mutilated, but you can reapply your template to surpress the
badness. In the same way, I wish I'd woven my customisations into the
standard menus and toolbars so that people would actually use them.

One lives and learns
Have a nice weekend folks

PS Just discovered that the Red Baron got himself killed by breaking the
rules set out in his own combat manual. Moral to that story, I think...


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