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    backward compatability between Word XP and 2000 (SR2)

    We developed several templates in 2002 and have encountered problems (numbering and style changes) when our folks opened these formatted files in Word 2000. Is there a backward compatability issue when an Office 2000 computer opens a template created in Word XP? The "Automatically update changes box is unchecked" and we're perplexed on why a document created in XP is modified when opened in 2000. thanks.

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    Re: backward compatability between Word XP and 2000 (SR2)

    I prefer not to use automatic numbering; I'm never surprised when Word has problems in that area.

    Regarding style changes, their definitions should not change. However, the appearance of a document can change when the printer drivers are not identical: lines can break at different places, different number of lines on a page, etc. Could that be a factor?

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    Re: backward compatability between Word XP and 2000 (SR2)

    Developing templates in Word 2002 and expecting everything to be the same in Word 2000 is 90% successful but certainly not 100% successful. There are new 'features' in Word that may be problematic such as List styles and Table styles which don't exist in Word 2000. You will get far better mileage developing templates in the lowest common denominator - at the very least you should be testing the template to find out what doesn't work in Word 2000.

    Even on the same version of Word, automatic numbering can be problematic because the list galleries (where most people change automatic numbering) have a shadowy relationship with the registry which makes some of the settings machine and user specific. This means that the paragraphs that use numbered lists may not look the same if the file is opened on another machine if the two machines have their list galleries not in alignment. This is not to say that you shouldn't use automatic numbering but you will need macros to correct problems when (not if) they occur.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: backward compatability between Word XP and 2000 (SR2)

    Thanks for both responses. We reverted to a Word 2000 template vs. XP and that has appeared to solve our problem. Great forum! Learning alot.

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