TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: locking out styles in MS Word From:"Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> To:"peri jstar" <jstar99 -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2006 16:08:22 -0700
Sigh... Sorry about that.
peri jstar wrote:
> How can a creator/author of a document or template lock the styles out
> from other users modifying them? This would be in order to "force" the
> user to type in the standard company format.
Take a look at the Author Tools Template from the Editorium
(http://www.editorium.com/freebies.htm). It doesn't "lock out"
any styles, but it does make certain styles (including "Normal")
show up as bright red in order to discourage use of non-approved
styles. Perhaps you can use something similar.
> Do you think it's better to force employees to create/edit documents
> using standard set styles or do you think a stylesheet which describes
> the standard formatting desired is a better way to make company
> documents look consistent.
You're unlikely to have any success "forcing" your coworkers do to
anything; in my opinion, the only way you'll get them to create
documents that conform to your company standard is to patiently
show them that it's EASIER and FASTER for them to use the styles
you provide rather than formatting every paragraph on-the-fly.
=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA
WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today! http://www.webworks.com/techwr-l