Styling: tips and tricks

Custom styling: where to implement?

When drafting a clause, one of the main points of attention is making sure a clause can be re-used in different contexts. Styling is an important part of this. Your colleagues may not want a certain paragraph to show in italics or it may not be suitable in certain documents for a paragraph to be aligned to the center. Here are some tips on how to approach this:

  • If the styling should only apply to the specific instance of a clause in a document (and not to any other uses of the same clause in other contexts), it is best to use the ‘custom styling’ tool under ‘advanced’:
  • If every use of the clause should contain your styling, custom styling can be applied to the clause itself which will automatically be applied whenever the clause is inserted:
  • If a specific paragraph of a clause should contain custom styling, you can make use of the deviating styling codes listed in the Special codes article. Note that here as well, every time this clause is used, the relevant paragraph will contain the custom styling.
  • If only a part of a paragraph or certain words should be in italics or bold, you can do that by surrounding the text with the tilde sign (~) to make the text bold or the backtick (`) to format the text in italics. See also the final section in article Introduction to the ClauseBase Grammar. Here again, this formatting will be applied to each use of the clause.

As a reminder, it is also possible to define default stylings at customer level, group(s) level and user level which will then automatically be applied the clauses and documents created by the users of such customer or group. It may, for example, be the case that throughout your company or firm the standard font is Times New Roman (client level), but that in different teams different heading styles are used (e.g. all caps vs. regular capitals). See Styling: overview for more information.

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