Styles and style sheets

Subject: Styles and style sheets
From: "Eddie VanArsdall" <evanarsdall -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 08:54:02 -0500

Lauren wrote <<A Warning about templates. When you attach a template and
check the "Automatically Update Styles" checkbox and somebody else opens the
document but does not have the template, then Word will attach ""
and jack your document for you.>>

This will only happen if the user who opens the document consciously opens
the Templates and Add-Ins window and turns on the "Automatically Update
Styles" option. In that case, Normal will be attached unless the user
selects a different template, because Normal is the default template shown
in the Document Template field.

The "Automatically Update Styles" setting isn't turned on by default. Even
if you turn it on, it's turned off the next time you open Word. So what
you're describing doesn't happen without user intervention, and your average
user isn't even aware of this practice.

<<It used to be that documents could be saved with an "embedded style
sheet," but those days are gone apparently.>>

Documents produced in Word and other tools do have embedded style sheets.
That's how they maintain their styles when different people work on the
document. Web pages can also have embedded style sheets, though it's better
to use link or import to reference an external file.

Styles are part of each document's properties, and that's why you can use
the same style names but use different formatting properties. But even
embedded styles sheets don't prevent styles from being overwritten. Every
time you change a style, you're overwriting properties in the internal style


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