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    Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    The default headings in Word are atrocious--bold and italic? Anyway, I know Woody wrote up some great styles to use in Word 97 Annoyances--but I've lost them in the intervening years and jobs. I remember he had some kerning stuff set, and so on, but I don't recall the specifics on Headings 1,2,3; and others he set--hyperlink was one I think. Has anyone out there got the perfect Heading styles? Can you help a buddy out?

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    Re: Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    Thanks, Phil. Those are the ones I was looking for. I know Woody didn't say his were perfect, I was just trying to inspire discussion. Some folks get very attached to their styles and feel others should be informed of their grace and beauty.

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    Re: Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    Hi Jeb:
    I make no representations about "perfect" & don't think Woody did either. However, here were his recommendations, as a start, for Headings 1-3:<table border=1><td align=center valign=top>style</td><td align=center valign=top>font</td><td align=center valign=top>bold/italic/etc.</td><td align=center valign=top>size</td><td align=center valign=top>space above/below</td><td align=center valign=top>kern</td><td valign=top>Heading 1</td><td valign=top>Arial</td><td valign=top>Bold</td><td valign=top>18</td><td valign=top>16pt/8pt</td><td valign=top>16 pts</td><td valign=top>Heading 2</td><td valign=top>Arial</td><td valign=top>Bold</td><td valign=top>14</td><td valign=top>12/6</td><td valign=top>14 pt</td><td valign=top>Heading 3</td><td valign=top>Arial</td><td valign=top>Bold</td><td valign=top>12</td><td valign=top>8/6</td><td valign=top>none</td></table>
    Cheers,

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    Re: Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    I have mixed feelings about using a contrasting typeface for headings. If I choose a particular typeface for the body text, why would I want my headings to be in a different typeface? Am I concerned that people won't notice them? (No, I use either bold or italics or both.) On the other hand, Word's style defaults are something of a "standard," and on occasion it makes sense to hew to the norm.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    Hi Jefferson:
    I'm far from being an expert on fonts, but I have read that if you use a serif font for body text, you should use a sans serif font for heading styles & vice versa.
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    Re: Decent Heading Styles (Any/Any)

    And now for my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
    Based on what I've encountered as a technical writer, the current conventional wisdom leans toward using a contrasting typeface for headings. However, it's not a RULE, and in 10 years the opposite (using the same font for headings) will probably be the preference. The key thing is to pick something that you can live with, that your audience live with, and to use it consistently throughout the document.

    OK, I'm done preaching now...
    Arianna

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