Re: MS Word screws up yet ANOTHER project?

Subject: Re: MS Word screws up yet ANOTHER project?
From: claireconant -at- comcast -dot- net (Claire Conant)
To: poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>, techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 17:59:21 +0000

I lurk, but thought I'd chime in here. I learned a long time ago never to use Normal style for anything. everyone has Normal set differently on their computer and if someone opens your doc on a different computer, it will not look for them how it looked for you.

So, I'd recommend for your tabular text (I'm assuming you mean the text in the tables) you create a style for the table heading and then for the table cells. Then, apply those styles to your table text. I even create styles for text in table cells that's bulleted. Yes, I have writers that insist on that, and it has its place sometimes.

My recommendation is never, ever use the Normal style, never select automatically update (as Geoff recommended) and never base a style on Normal in the style catalog.

And, it's good your company is getting FrameMaker 8. I wholeheartedly support that.

Claire Conant
Senior Technical Editor
Ramp Group
Bellevue, Wa.

-------------- Original message --------------
From: poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net

>> I use Normal (also 10 pt Arial with no indent, but somehow with slightly
> different other spacings and I don?t know why) for all tabular text only. And
> there are no images or graphics to muck things up even more.

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