My group maintains about 50 manuals, all but one of which are 8.5 x 11.
The one exception is a 7 x 9 book that is unlikely ever to be converted
to the standard size (for reasons out of my control). The chances that
we will ever have another 7 x 9 book are virtually zero.
So my question to the experts is: If you were in my shoes, would you
maintain a separate 7 x 9 template file for this single book? Or would
you allow the book to exist as its own template and not maintain a
I can't think of any compelling reasons to do it one way or the other.
My logic is that if styles need to change, we would have to be equally
disciplined about applying the new styles to all chapters of the book
whether they came from an outside file or a file within the book.
Having a separate template file would not inherently make it more likely
that we would stay consistent. The same is true if we change the 8.5 x
11 template: we'd have to make any corresponding changes manually to the
7 x 9 template, whether it's to a separate file or to a file in the
book. So for that reason I'm leaning towards not maintaining a separate
Is my logic flawed? Is there something else I should consider?
Thanks for any wisdom.