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I'm a strong proponents of Styles, and I teach them to my university students and insist that they use them in term papers for my class. But, I agree, they can get in the way when documents are shared among different collaborators. I have often shared documents with others. While I was using styles, my colleagues were not, so we often had a struggle to find some common formatting ground.


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On 11/02/2013 08:36 AM, Urmas wrote:

90% of the businesses users I know of use less than 10% of the features
and functions that MSO has.

BTW, you know what one can do with Word 2.0 but not with
StarOffice-rebranded-for-a-third-time? Creating section templates, a
rough analog of section styles. Because the most of StarOffice
audience are whitespace-formatting Linux users, that feature never
came into the light.

StarOffice users are Linux users? . . . .
I have never seen StarOffice available for Linux.  StarOffice was a MS
OS package not a Linux package, when it first came out, so StarOffice
"audience" was a Windows "audience" and not Linux.  Actually OOo, AOO,
and LO may have its roots in StarOffice, but they are not StarOffice by
any means.

"whitespace-formatting Linux users"?  Never heard of a Linux distro
called "whitespace-formatting".

It seems that you are implying that Linux users are some sort of
"creature" to be kept away from a modern office environment, or at least
one that creates documentation for a company.  I do not know about you,
but people who write documents for a living tend to have their favorite
word processing package.  I know one, Piers Anthony, that uses Linux and
LO for many reasons, but one of the biggest is the ability to use custom
keyboards for the OS and Macros for the word processing package.  This
author, when a little younger, produced 4 to 6 paper-back books a year,
plus some co-authoring ones.  Now that he is about 80, he is producing
only 2 to 4 books a year.  He has stated, in print, that he needed Linux
and various non-MSO packages to do his work.

As for Linux. . . .
I have been using Ubuntu Linux for my default system since Spring of
2010, and use Windows only when the hardware or software must run on a
Windows system.  Every Windows system I use is also dual booting with
Ubuntu.  Well all but one.  That one is a half broken laptop that I use
as a loaner Windows system.

I know that some people like "styles" and would not go with out them,
but I do not use them and they are the bane of my "fixing" other
people's documentation.  I get people who want me to "fix" some parts of
a document that others made for them and half the time the "styles' get
in the way of the editing and fixing.

Sure "style" can help, but they also can "hurt" if the style's creator
goes in for "the more complex the better" idea of thinking.  K.I.S.S.
[keep it simple stupid] is still an idea that both documentation writers
and "code writers" should take to heart.  The more complex things are,
the harder to fix, edit, understand, modify, etc., etc..

You do not need styles, but if you use styles, keep them simple.

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