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On 3/25/2014 2:55 PM, Dale Erwin wrote:
On 3/25/2014 1:55 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I imagine that there are, indeed, legitimate reasons why someone would want to control a master document through the sub-documents, but I would strongly suggest that before going that route, the user completely learns how to use the master documents the way they were designed. In the process, they just might find what they're looking for. I can't tell you the number of times I have found myself using LyX or Atlantis, or some other program because I believed "it couldn't be done with LO." Then after a little self-education, I find that it, indeed, *can* be done with LO, and I just wasted a lot of time using another program.

My larger point, to which I still hold, is that far too many people do not take full advantage of their computers. Now, you might say this is a matter of personal preference, and so it is. But, in my profession (law), if a client is paying his lawyer $200.00/hour to write a legal brief, he'll save money if the lawyer learns how to fully use templates and styles. I've watched lawyers spend hours (at $200 a crack) typing a table of authorities, when MS Word or WordPerfect can automatically generate one in minutes. So, in *some* instances, our personal preferences *can* affect other people.

And, my second point was that people continue to use less effective methods because office suites continue to make them available in their attempts to be "one size fits all" programs. While I agree it is necessary for them to remain marketable, I think it is unfortunate.

I admit that I, too, grew up using a typewriter and was an IBM mainframe programmer, and as such could not really see any need to use styles. Then I got involved in constructing documents by collaborating with co-authors located in various locations. This gave rise to the use of master documents and showed me the error of my ways. I also admit that even though I use page styles in my master document creation, I've never been able to understand how to use the paragraph and character styles and suspect that this might be limiting my formatting ability in LO. I tried to define a paragraph style but had no luck. How would you define a paragraph style to handle a dictionary entry such as this:

*canuscere*/v.t./ to know, to be familiar with.

I see my formatting was lost on that example. The headword "canuscere" would be in 11 pt. boldface, while the rest of the line would be in 9 pt. normal, except that the "v.t." would be italicized.

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