RE: MS Word screws up yet ANOTHER project?

Subject: RE: MS Word screws up yet ANOTHER project?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 14:32:08 -0500

On Behalf Of Claire Conant said:
> 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,
> will not look for them how it looked for you.

> 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.

Is there a way, if you've already got docs with everything based on
Normal, to swap for some other home-baked style?
I've been avoiding it because there's really never a good time to run a
300-page document through a plain text editor and then bring it into
Word for from-scratch application of all formatting.
But if I could keep my dozens of existing styles and simply tell them
that they are now based on .... "notnormal" style instead of on
"Normal", that would be a good thing.

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

I've got FM 7 but I've only got 2 docs that I can still update in Frame.
The rest are WebHelp (done in Flare) or else docs that need to pass
through other hands than mine... so they're done in Word. (Well, I tell
them that it's Word, though I do some of them in OpenOffice... :-) )

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