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Re: Style Sheets in Version 6.0

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  • Subject: [mg76805] Re: Style Sheets in Version 6.0
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 00:47:38 -0400 (EDT)
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David Park wrote:
> With some help from John Fultz, I've learned quite a bit about creating new 
> style sheets in Version 6.0.
> I've written a tutorial notebook on this, which can be downloaded from my 
> web site below. It takes the reader step-by-step through the creation of a 
> new style sheet, performing most of the common operations. There may be 
> better ways and I may get some comment but it does work.
Thanks for that - it has helped a lot! I feel sure that the new style 
sheet mechanism will be more effective than its predecessor because it 
is based on a hierarchy, but it really should have been properly 
documented by WRI!

The option inspector could help a lot. It would be really useful if it 
indicated exactly where in the hierarchy any given option is set. It 
would also help if there were a tool that could indicate the entire 
hierarchy of style sheets for a notebook and where each style is created 
and modified.

I discovered that you do not need to make a style visible in order to 
edit it. Simply choose a style that is visible, un-format it, and change 
its name. Using that method, I was able to make alterations to the 
"Notebook" style.

One other point - it would seem that it is a very BAD idea to carry over 
5.2 style sheets because they provide complete definitions for all 
styles and so mask certain new features.

David Bailey

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