RE: Tactics (was RE: (no subject)

Subject: RE: Tactics (was RE: (no subject)
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher5 -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "Kevin McLauchlan" <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 11:19:07 -0800

I always create a style called "BodyKN" -- standard body text with the "keep
with next" attribute set -- and use it 1) for all paragraphs that end in a
colon, and 2) for all very short paragraphs that begin a section. That way,
all my procedure intros stay with the first step and I never end up with a
heading and two lines of text at the bottom of a page.

I also create "keep together" and "keep with next" toolbar buttons and use
them to clean up stragglies during a production edit. Yes, they work with
tables too. <g> Click... click... and the text reflows.

The beauty of these methods, unlike a hard page break, is that they allow
the document to reflow without causing any problems like blank pages or
nearly blank pages.

-Sue Gallagher

Kevin McLauchlan writes:
> Ok, my dark secret is that I actually have used a sprinkling
> of blank paragraphs to move an awkward bit to a new page.

> Sometimes I'm in a hurry, and can't take the time to re-think
> the entire document, just to get a table to start on the next
> page, rather than split at the second of four rows (or whatever).

> I know I can apply a page-break,...

> I try to avoid having to do either, but as documents evolve,
> something is always breaking or being made to look ugly, where
> it looked fine previously.

> What are the "proper" or... failing that... most popular ways
> to mitigate what can happen when inserted (or removed) text
> causes existing items to break awkwardly or to go places you'd
> prefer they didn't? Another occasion is that you've written
> a doc with one-or-more instances of a descriptive or instructive
> paragraph on a facing page opposite an illustration... then stuff
> gets bumped and the illustration is now a page-turn away from the
> referring text.


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