Re: Not allowed to change templates?

Subject: Re: Not allowed to change templates?
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 08:44:11 -0700

There are a lot of reasons why it's a good idea to control templates.
One or two extra styles here and there multiplied by several writers,
multiplied by sharing documents between writers, multiplied by the long
life of many documents, can result in documents that can be very
confusing to a new writer to a department, or, more importantly,
difficult for a translator to handle.

You also end up with inconsistencies in text formatting; a typical
reason why a writer invents a new style is to support a typographic
convention that he or she likes, but is not part of the style guide. The
"I've always done it this way" approach. This also becomes confusing to
new writers and difficult for translators. For example, if there are 10
ways to format a bulleted list, which is the standard and which are
deviations based on writers' whims?

- Scott Miller
smiller -at- portal -dot- com

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