On 4/29/2013 2:00 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I'd like to get some general opinions about paragraph styles.
I am a retired lawyer who led a local government law office. When I
was working at that office, I tried in vain to get my employees to use
paragraph styles. For them, styles were a bother to set up and
maintain. I love using them, but then I'm as much a word processor
junkie as I am an end-user.
Now, I teach a paralegal course in technology at my local university.
I recently spent three weeks teaching styles to my students and they
have resisted me all the way. My sense is that people just trying to
get their work done see paragraph styles as an nuisance, not
appreciating the amount of time they can save by investing a little at
What about the rest of you. Do you use styles? Do you find that other
less-techy types avoid them?
It makes me wonder if there is a way to make them more accessible to
people less inclined to invest time in their technology as opposed to
getting a task done.
I am with you, Virgil. I just taught some folks at a convention this
weekend about this. My way of doing this combines Styles and Templates
in such a way as to automate the workflow, which is a tangible benefit
you can see right up front. My default template has a modified Heading 1
that it opens to automatically. That is set to go to a Heading 2 as the
next style, and the Heading 2 is set to go to a Paragraph style as the
next one. This is what I do for my workflow, which tends to be memos and
technical writing, but I think anyone can see the payoff this way since
it reduces a lot of work once you set it up.
Kevin B. O'Brien
A damsel with a dulcimer in a vision once I saw.
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