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    Hi All

    I have a number of styles set up in Word. These are named:

    MyLevel1Plain
    My Level1Bold

    MyLevel2Plain
    MyLevel2Bold

    My Level3

    The styles include multi-level numbering. So, I may have:

    Styles Numbering Suite A

    1. = MyLevel1Plain
    1.1 = MyLevel2
    1.1.1 = MyLevel3

    Can I then re-use those named styles in a second suite in the same document? E.g.

    1. = MyLevel1Bold
    1.1 = MyLevel2
    1.1.1 = MyLevel3

    So in the document then I may then want to use/mix the styles/suites as follows:

    1. MyLevel1Bold
    1.1 MyLevel2Bold
    1.1.1 MyLevel3
    1.2 MyLevel2Bold
    1.2.1 MyLevel3

    2. MyLevel1Bold
    2.1 MyLevel2Plain
    2.2 MyLevel2Plain
    2.3 MyLevel2Bold
    2.3.1 MyLevel3
    2.3.2 MyLevel3

    3. MyLevel1Bold
    3.1 MyLevel2Bold
    3.1.1 MyLevel3
    3.2 MyLevel2Plain
    3.3. MyLevel2Plain

    I have tried this and it works but I am wondering if it is advisable from the point of view of stability/reliability. Previously I have always set up style names for exclusive use in each suite.

    Thanks for your help.
    Archie

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    I must admit that I've never tried to do it that way, so I can't be certain, but my gut feeling says that it'd be better to use separate sets of styles.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='769322' date='06-Apr-2009 11:08']I must admit that I've never tried to do it that way, so I can't be certain, but my gut feeling says that it'd be better to use separate sets of styles.[/quote]

    Thanks, Hans. Mine too.

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    I have made templates for this in the past but the results are somewhat fragile and therefore are generally not such a great idea. As a result, I would recommend you avoid it where possible but if you absolutely need the numbering of both the body text and headings to be linked then creating a robust template with macros to apply/reapply numbering is going to be necessary. Auto-numbering can get scrambled especially when copying and pasting across documents so the macros need to resolve those problems when they occur.

    If the only difference between the suites is Bold then you might be better to have a Character style to apply the bold and then you will only need one suite plus a single character style. This will be easier to maintain but may not suit your purposes for TOCs and outlines etc.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    [quote name='Andrew Lockton' post='770396' date='14-Apr-2009 04:14']I have made templates for this in the past but the results are somewhat fragile and therefore are generally not such a great idea. As a result, I would recommend you avoid it where possible but if you absolutely need the numbering of both the body text and headings to be linked then creating a robust template with macros to apply/reapply numbering is going to be necessary. Auto-numbering can get scrambled especially when copying and pasting across documents so the macros need to resolve those problems when they occur.

    If the only difference between the suites is Bold then you might be better to have a Character style to apply the bold and then you will only need one suite plus a single character style. This will be easier to maintain but may not suit your purposes for TOCs and outlines etc.[/quote]

    Thank you, Andrew. I must say that all my instincts are telling me not to do it this way but to stick with individual 'suites' for numbering.

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    Yep, I can understand that. The biggest downfall of Character Styles is that they don't withstand a Ctrl-Space and Ctrl-Q which removes all the local formatting. I use those all the time to get back to the paragraph style attributes.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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