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On Wednesday 20 November 2013 04:39:49 PM Doug wrote:
No, find a _word processor_ not a desktop publisher. Forget all this
"styles" nonsense--let somebody else format the pages for publication in
a magazine or book! As someone earlier in this thread pointed out,
a lot of what's written on a computer is not going to be printed on
paper at all! Just write your document in a nice readable font, like
Times-Roman, in a readable size, like 12-point, or even 14-point, leave
a space between paragraphs, and be done with it!

Use styles and templates, and you don't even have to worry about font sizes or 
leaving spaces between paragraphs. That's the whole point of what you dismiss 
as "nonsense" -- by taking a little time to set things up at the start, you 
save time in the long run.

I set up the styles and templates I needed when I first started using soon after its 1.0 release. With some minor modifications, I've 
used them ever since. I figure I must save the equivalent of about 3-4 days a 
year by using them.

Of course, if you want to do things the hard way, nothing's stopping you. But 
typography, styles and templates didn't stop being essential because a lot of 
documents are only used online. All that viewing online means is that the 
optimal formatting changes a little.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7189 (on Pacific time)

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