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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 the beginning.

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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