Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Feb 2007 22:05 UTC, submitted by Jesse R
Features, Office This is a long review of modern Word Processors. Part 1 published today covers Open Office (open source cross platform), as well as MS Word 2007, and WordPerfect X3.
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A quick look at Word 2007 and 2003 shows that it is possible to assign a keyboard shortcut to a style, so that you can apply styles as you type. (I haven't checked OpenOffice etc.) There are also keyboard shortcuts for ad-hoc formatting - Ctrl+B for Bold etc.

In a text based environment it is logical to apply styles and formatting as you type.

In a graphical environment it is more efficient to focus on the content without worrying about the format - letting the creative process flow. When the text is on the page you can then grab the mouse and apply your styles. This also has the added benefit of allowing the hands to rest from typing while using the mouse.

Different techniques for different environments.

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