RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word

Subject: RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word
From: "Chesler, Lynn" <lchesler -at- auspicecorp -dot- com>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "'Dan Goldstein'" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 12:33:37 -0500 (EST)

Kevin, I suspect Word works as Microsoft intends. I think it was designed
to be friendly to the average user and that as tech writers, we are using
it unintended or different ways.

Lynn

-----Original Message-----
From: McLauchlan, Kevin [mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 12:11 PM
To: Chesler, Lynn; Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word

I guess I need an attitude adjustment.
Given how much of our documentation is still in Word (inherited from an
acquired company) I should really be taking a friendlier approach to Word.
A few years ago, I would have (even coming from WorPerfect and then years
of FrameMaker, as I did). But instead of searching out ways to get around
the (as I see 'em) faults of Word, I've apparently been looking for ways
to get around the entire program. I've been making occasional use of
OpenOffice over the past couple or three years, and I can't help comparing
Word with OOo. When I've had occasion to create a document from scratch in
OOo, that includes, say, numbered lists, even nested ones, I just apply
styles and ... omigod... they work. And they keep working. And they don't
break. I've never given up in despair and "Maggied" an OOo document.
I've even used OOo Writer to salvage a couple of dog's-breakfast,
inherited Word docs.
Certainly even OOo is not perfect, and their documentation is a testament
to that, but given my preference for using styles for everything and given
the price differential (100% or infinite depending on perspective) I
really can't help but despise a lot about Word. After all, as I pointed
out in a previous post, this _IS_ effectively version umpty-twelve of
Word. Shouldn't it work better by now, at least on features it's nominally
supported since a previous century?

</rant>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chesler, Lynn [mailto:lchesler -at- auspicecorp -dot- com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 09:32
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin; 'Dan Goldstein'; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word
>
> Kevin,
>
> The method that Dan provided for creating lists using fields and
autotext
> works very well. Once I paused and really thought about what I had to
do
> to create the lists, I realized that it's really very simple.
>
> When I first found out that I was going to have to do all of my
> documentation in Word rather than FrameMaker, I was disappointed to
say
> the least. But I have come to see the power and versatility of Word,
and I
> actually (am I really saying this) kind of like it (there, I said it).
> Word was designed for simplicity, so the more powerful features are
> hidden, but they're there. And the challenge of finding them is kind
of
> fun.


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References:
Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: Chesler, Lynn
RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: Chesler, Lynn
RE: Combining numbered and bulleted lists in Word: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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