Re: intro Word style sheets to authors

Subject: Re: intro Word style sheets to authors
From: Michael Lewis <lewism -at- BRANDLE -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 11:38:04 +1100

I have handled this situation in two ways, which can sometimes be

First, develop some "model documents" based on the templates; include
descriptions "under" examples. That is, have some text formatted with
each style, and under it (or, in the case of a body or list style,
within the formatted element) describe its purpose.

Second, if the templates include standard structuring (eg, a business
case template might have standard headings), you can include text under
each heading to explain what kind of information goes in that section.
The user will then have to delete that explanatory information, but that
actually encourages them to read and think.

Irene Wong wrote:
> We are introducing two different MS Word templates to subject matter
> authors. They will be expected to use a few styles to format their
> headings, body text and list bullets. (Nothing very fancy) The template
> will be written for them.
> Most of them are not advanced Word users and style templates are a whole
> new world.
> Has anyone any experience in introducing style templates to authors with
> minimal Word skills? Have you any advice on:
> 1 Writing the sample template that they will open to write their new
> documents?
> Eg how do you indicate what style to apply.
> 2 Introducing and teaching authors how to use style sheets.
> Irene Wong
> Sydney, Australia

Michael Lewis
Brandle Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia
PO Box 1249, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
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