Create a new style object

Design templates, styles, & page layouts

You've identified some text formatting that you need, and none of Author-it's built-in styles are close enough for you to apply or to modify. As a result, you decide to create a new style.

Important: If you're sharing work in a team, use permissions to restrict who can create or modify styles in order to maintain control of your organization's standards.

Specify how the style appears in the different output formats, independently:

  • When you publish to the Help outputs, the style definitions in Author pass to the Help Compiler and are applied to your content.
  • When you publish to Web outputs, the style definitions in Author are included in the CSS file that controls web page text formatting.
  • When you publish to Printed output, the style whose name you specify from the Word publishing template applies in Word, and all other style definitions in Author are ignored.

Remember to also change the word publishing template

When you create a new style object to control text formatting in your printed output, add a corresponding style to the appropriate Word publishing template specified in the Book object'sWord Template property.

To create a new style object:

  1. Identify your requirements. How do you want the text to appear in each of the output formats you're using?
  2. If an existing style is close to what you need, open that style, then duplicate it.


    Create a new Style object. If your style is a paragraph style, base it on the Paragraph Styles template. If your style is a character style, base it on the Character Styles template. The character styles template may causes many settings to be unavailable because they apply only to relevant to paragraph styles.

  3. Change the style's settings:
    • The Style Definition tab controls how the style looks in Author's Editor. For paragraph styles, it also defines the outline level at which the style appears in your document.
    • The Help tab controls how the style looks in your Windows Help output.
    • The Web tab controls how the style appears in all Web outputs, including HTML Help.
    • The Print tab specifies the name of the style applied from the Word publishing template, but does not otherwise define any settings. The style settings for your printed output are defined in the template itself.

      Note: To avoid problems in printed output, make sure that the type of style matches in Author-it and in Word.

  4. Save your changes.