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Hi all,

Would like your opinion on the following.

When I'm make styles for a new template, I always create New styles, usually with a common prefix in the name, to avoid some hypothetical namespace conflict in the future, e.g. when copying or including parts from one document to another.

I'm always wondering though whether it wouldn't be better to just modify the Default styles instead of creating new ones? So for example, instead of having an "Essay Para" style in and "Notes Para" in, just modify "Text Body" or something in each template to what I want the standard paragraph style to be for that template.

The possible utility of this has just occurred to me now I've started fussing around with keyboard shortcuts for styles. Since shortcuts are saved in LibreOffice (or at least in Writer) as opposed to along with Templates or with individual documents, if I set a shortcut for e.g. "Essay Para" for use with my Essay template, that shortcut key is useless for working in any other template that doesn't have the "Essay Para" style.

All my programming genes tell me to avoid namespace conflicts, inherit and specialise, etc. And there other way of getting around the problem above is to say that keyboard customisations in LibreOffice Writer ought to be saved with the Template somehow, as opposed to being universal. I certainly think there's something to be said for that.

What do y'all think? How do you manage and apply your templates and styles effectively?

-- Ryan

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