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Be careful about basing all your styles on Body Text. In Word, the Law of
Unintended Consequences can produce some startling results. If someone
inadvertently changes the Body Text style, every style based on it will also
change. Instead, either use "none" (hidden at the top of the style list) or
create a style specifically to use as a base (then hide the sucker!).
Everything else you mentioned seems good to me.
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Subject: New Templates
I have the chance to revise our company's internal and external document
templates. I plan to:
1) Ditch the chaotic mess of styles that have accreted and restore
the original built-in versions of Word's list and heading styles
2) Redo the heading styles to meet our needs (i.e. hijacking
Heading 6 through Heading 9 for appendix headers)
3) Create a standard table style
4) Create a few more styles we need (a code line style, a fixme
style for inline notes, a character style for GUI items, etc)
5) Set up a title page that uses docproperty fields to display the
date, title, version, document version, and author settings.
Instructions on how to change the doc properties will be displayed on the
title page, along with a reminder to delete the instructions.
6) Set up standard headers that use styleref fields to display the
document and section titles
7) Set up standard footers that use our disclaimer and page
I'll start with a clean copy of Word's normal template and recreate
everything by hand, to avoid corruption.
I'd like to base all styles on Body Text instead of Normal, so I can do the
make-Normal-text-purple trick that helps enforce the use of styles.
I'd make Normal red, but some of our developers are colorblind.