From: Tomas Frydrych (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 29 2003 - 10:18:02 EDT
> That said, templates can contain a lot more than just
> style information. While I can see some cases where it
> would be useful to link documents with templates, it's
> not clear to me that in the majority of cased you'd
> want old documents to have their styles/content/other
> changed when their base template changed, or when
> documents were transferred across computers. It's not
> clear that you want your document to look differently
> on another's machine just because their definition of
> 'Normal' differs from yours. I much prefer the current
> situation to the proposed one.
In Word it works like this (and I really like it): you create a new
doc based on a template. At that stage all styles from the template
get copied into the new document. When you edit the styles, you do so
on those stored in the document (although you have option to export
the changes back to the template, this too is handy). If you save the
doc and reload it, by default you reload styles from the doc, not the
template. However, there is an option you can set that the styles
should be reloaded from the template every time you open the doc.
This is priceless if you work on a project that consists of a number
of docs that use the same template and need to have a consistent
look; you just maintain the styles in the template.
Such an automated process would not be hard to implement, even just a
manual command on the Format menu allowing to reload styles from
manually selected document would be very handy.
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