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Missing: AAPT House Style

Wanted: A "house style" for Word documents.

Document structure will always vary based on content, so you can't be too prescriptive. But formatting typically varies based on personal preference (Bob likes Arial with 1.5 spacing, Carol likes justified Times) and legacy (Ted got a sample from Alice and used that as the template).

I'd love it if we have a nicely designed house style to meet these requirements:

  • Ability to collaborate with copy and paste, because styles already match.
  • Good heading styles, both with and without numbering, with enough difference in size, weight and spacing to easily distinguish between heading levels.
  • Good list styles that apply when you click the numbered/bulleted list buttons, and which nest gracefully when changing levels.
  • Enough whitespace to ensure easy reading and delineation between styles.
  • No logos, headers, footers, etc. Just styles. (But bare bones templates with such content could be published as well.)

Worth fighting for? To be successful, it would require sponsorship by Communications, buy in from several business units, EDS work to roll it out as the default template for new documents, plus additional work to adapt frequently used templates.

Hmm, perhaps not. But if you have seen good Word (or even ODF) templates out there in the wild, I'd love to hear about them.

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Hey Nathan, sorry to hijack a post (I could have just emailed you I guess hehe) but would you mind if I use you as a former workmate reference for my househunting? I'dve used Dom but he's overseas! And I'd rather not have to deal with anyone else at Ew-sat :/

Go for it. You have my mobile number. Is there anything I should expect to be asked if someone calls?

Thanks so much matey :)

If they call at all (which I reckon is unlikely) you could confirm you know me personally and worked with me at AAPT for .. er, how many years was it? 4 I guess? Not sure what else they'd ask. Real estate applications are so weird. :/

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