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Virgil Arrington wrote:

On 3/25/2014 5:34 PM, Dale Erwin wrote:
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.

You've got two things going on here, as I see it. The *paragraph* style
would determine the primary font and style of the paragraph (9 pt.
normal) along with paragraph indents and any extra space above or below
the paragraph. The boldface "canuscere" and italicized "/v.t./" would
not be controlled by the paragraph style. They could either be
controlled through direct character formatting, or with a character
style, (defined as either 11-point boldface or 9-point italics). Then,
you would apply the paragraph style to the whole paragraph and then the
character style to the individual words to which they would apply.

Quite honestly, I rarely use character styles, but in this case where
you're changing two characteristics (9 points to 11 and normal weight to
boldface), the character style would help ensure consistency throughout
the document. With the italicized "/v.t./" I don't see any advantage to
using a characters style as you're only changing one feature (normal to
italics). Just highlight the text and hit <ctrl-i> and you're done.

Until, for example, you later decide word types should be blue as well as italic... If you've just hit ctrl+i all the way through to make them italic, you'd have to find all occurrences and change them all again. If you've defined and used a character style, you'd just change the style once and all the word types would turn blue.

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