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Organizing and Managing Styles

In Style Designer, you can organize your styles in a hierarchy and then use inherited properties to reduce design and maintenance time. You can create a hierarchy of similar styles, set the style property values once, and have those values inherited by child styles.

The Prototype style, which is essentially the parent style for all styles, allows you to quickly define properties for all styles. This style allows you to make global changes across all styles that inherit properties from the Prototype style. For example, you may have all styles inherit their font and vertical spacing from the Prototype style.

Child styles inherit only property values from a parent style. Child styles do not inherit additional features specified on the Options tab.

By default, all style properties of a parent style are inherited by its child styles. If you change the property values of a parent style, those changes are inherited by the child styles of that parent style. You can override specific properties for a child style to make those not inherited from its parent style. Once the value of a specific property is set at the child level, changes you make to the parent style for that property do not affect the child style.

To organize styles in Style Designer

  1. Open your Stationery design project.

  2. On the View menu, click Style Designer.

  3. Click the type of styles you want to organize, such as Paragraph Styles.

  4. If you want to make a style the child of another style, drag and drop the child style on top of the style you want to make its parent style.

  5. Click on the child style and review the properties for that style to make sure it inherits the property values you want from its parent style.

ePublisher/2008.3/Help/Designing_Templates_and_Stationery/Designing_Stationery.3.17 (last edited 2008-10-11 06:32:35 by BenAllums)