Re: Naming template styles

Subject: Re: Naming template styles
From: "Jonathan West" <jwest -at- mvps -dot- org>
To: "Hemstreet, Deborah" <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:06:47 +0100

2008/4/25 Hemstreet, Deborah <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>:
> I usually name my styles based on the target and type of document.
> For example, I don't want my Heading 1 to be mixed with Word's
> default...
> So I might name the style H1_WI for Heading 1 work instructions.

There are disadvantages to that in Word. In the specific case you
describe, you can no longer use outline view to order sections.

> The other thing I do - which is very important in Word, is to make sure
> that NONE of my styles are based on another style, unless I'm 100%
> certain this is what I want.
> For example,
> Body Text WI would be based on none
> Then all subsequent custom variations for Body Text will be based on the
> first one.
> H1_WI based on none,
> But H2_WI etc. will be based on H1
> This way, I know my heirarchies and which changes will be carried
> through.

Certainly, defining proper style hierarchies is a good idea, but I
start from a slightlu different point. I create a style I call "Base"
with the font to be used for body text and with no paragraph spacing.
All other styles are derived from that. If the customer then decides
he wants the entire document to use Verdana instead of Arial, all I
need do is change the font definition of Base, and it cascades through
everything else.
> By the way - assigning custom styles based on none is the best way to
> get Word's numbering (V2003) to hold. It's been working great - a major
> improvement over Word 2000!

I would strongly recommend using custom styles linked to named
ListTemplates for numbered and bulleted lists. This mechanism I have
found reliable all the way back to Word 97.

Jonathan West

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