An object template is a normal Author-it object, except you use it to control the properties of other objects. When you create a new object you can base it on a template with a particular set of properties — the object inherits the settings from that template. For example, when you create a new book you'll base it on a particular book template, such as User Manual or Training Guide. When you create a topic you base it on a particular topic template, such as Chapter, Normal, or Procedure (your choice is based on the content you'll add to the topic). Each type of object has one or more templates you can choose from.
Administrators can set up templates so that objects inherit any number of their properties, and can control whether inherited properties can be customized or edited.
Using a templates makes creating and updating content easy: