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Le 30/04/2013 13:47, Kracked_P_P---webmaster a écrit :

I no longer need to write in any "required style or page format. SO, I
never got into using styles.  But you have a valid point in needing
students to learn how to use it.  The fact that writing "style"
requirements change every so often.  I went to 4 colleges and received 3
degrees.  The problem I had was that every time I went back to college,
the "standards" for foot notes, indexing, bibilography, and many other
things I learn in one college English/Writing course changed.  I ended
up taking English and Writing courses several time to learn the new
standards that the colleges were teaching and required for any paper to
be turned into the professors.  Then there are those classes that
require specific formatting and styles for their paperwork.

This clearly shows that, unless the word processing learning is part of the course, the teachers/professors/whatelse should provide a template for the paperwork they are requesting.

The only problem I see with styles is some people may go and make a
document so complex with styles for "everything" that it creates
problems for an new user to edit/modify the document with new
information or reorganize the flow of the document.

Yes, sure.

Any template should come with a manual and/or a refcard describing the workflow and the styles usage. The tool is the software *and* the template.

The point is, styles are great in concepts, but some people can get
carried away with their complexity.

Sure, too.

People having to *write* shouldn't be bothered with any conceptual complexity (the template manufactoring). This should be taken care elsewhere by someone else.

Jean-Francois Nifenecker, Bordeaux

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