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Subject:RE: Silly question on Word Styles From:"Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 17 Aug 2005 11:07:00 -0400
This is a question that has occurred to me on occasion as well. In
fact, the end-user probably doesn't care, and you as the writer wouldn't
have to care either if you were the only one who worked with your
documents and were satisfied with whatever methodology you worked out.
Where it becomes an issue is in a group environment where many documents
are produced and will be worked on by many members of the group. In our
documentation department, we produce many documents, and all of them go
through our editor. Furthermore, a given document will be revised by
many different writers over time, as various updates to our software
necessitate rewrites, and various projects that affect a single manual
fall to different writers who are familiar with different parts of our
system. Under those circumstances, it would be rather problematic if
everybody did their own thing with respect to styles and formatting.
Having everybody use the same template, and thus the same style sheet,
guarantees that a writer knows what he/she is going to be dealing with.
From: arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com [mailto:arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:27 AM
Subject: Silly question on Word Styles
With the great deal of discussion that occurs here on using style
tricks in Word, it makes me wonder...
Does the end-user care, notice, benefit, or lose out if you choose to
use/not use the style tricks? In what manners and to what degree? This
is strictly a theoretical usability question.
Personally, I use some aspects of Word's Style abilities, but (as we
all know) it has "issues" and--being the only TW here--no one else
notices or cares whether I set up, use, change, or ignore styles.
Thanks for your feedback.
Senior Technical Writer
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