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2013/12/19 e-letter <>

On 18/12/2013, Gabriel Risterucci <> wrote:

Master document are not only about sharing styles (in fact, I never saw
them in this light), it's about splitting your work in easily manageable
smaller files. I don't even know why having styles would concern having
possibility to create a master document.
When you're working on a reasonnably large project, it's simply easier to
split it. For example, having each chapter in it's own file, instead of
loading one huge file​​. It's more stable and easier to navigate.
Ahem, still don't get why you're mixing the presence of styles and master
document. The only link I can think of is that a master document's style
override the sub-documents, but even then... maybe you can clarify what

Found a list of files in a directory, each file was quite small is
size. That's what started to think whether a master document is
appropriate or not. If styles are extensive in each of the small
files, importing them into a new file would be expected to retain
styles and therefore make navigation via 'navigator' to be more
convenient than opening multiple individual files

​If I understand correctly, your files are not meant to get glued together,
but only to share styles.​
​In that case, there is several things to know:
- If the files already exists, you can "load" styles from one document to
another one. It will erase all styles in the current document that share a
name with the "loaded" ones, but subsequent changes in either files won't
be repercuted in the other.
- If you're creating new files, create a template beforehand (even an empty
one) that will be used to create your documents. By doing so, if you change
the styles in the template, when opening a file created with this template
it will prompt you about updating styles in the document. There's
effectively a link between the documents and the template
- Additionnaly, you can "create" that link between a document and a
template using the following extension: By
doing so, updating the template will have the behavior described before, as
in it will prompt you to update the various independant files.

Note that this extension, while not updated for long, still work. However
having this feature built-in (the ability to change a document's "master"
template) would be nice.

Cley Faye

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