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On Wed, 26 Mar 2014, Virgil Arrington wrote:

On 3/26/2014 6:08 AM, James E Lang wrote:
Hi, Tom and others.

I am finding this discussion to be intellectually stimulating though I have
no idea as to the mechanics involved in developing or using master documents.

What you write about saving time is most likely very true. However I have
probably never written a document with more than about a dozen paragraphs and I have no idea where to look for the study materials that you say can be read in ten minutes thus immediately saving twenty minutes to an hour.

Having shouted the glories of styles, let me also say that their benefit comes from doing the same types of documents over and over again. If I were using Writer to create a wide variety of (relatively short) documents, then styles might make me go mad. To use them properly would require me to create dozens of templates and styles covering every type of possible situation. That might take far more time than just typing the dang letter and hitting <ctrl-p>.

thank you for injecting this into the discussion. the use of styles is not primarily a matter of inducing uninitiated into a new technology, it's a matter of fitness to purpose (in my opinion).

for one thing, in OO and LO one is always using a style, the 'default style', but if you mostly write short bits then probably don't need styles (the default style suffices) though I myself change the default to indent the first line of new paragraphs and change font face and size to what I prefer.

more complicated work or specially formatted jobs prosper from styles. I bring out a bound volume of essays every yr and shudder to think what would be involved without a basic template for it.

As for master documents, I wouldn't go down that road unless I were doing a truly massive project, in which one minor corruption could ruin the entire document.

I have found master documents a bit unwieldy for my essay collection project. the essays come from diverse authors so I have to do a fair amount of individual editing. then a good template cuts down on some of it and it's just as easy (for me) to pull it all together into one book (file).



Felmon Davis

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