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Formatting text by applying IEC styles

Applying styles to text elements gives structure and formatting to a document.


For instance, when you apply the style Heading 1 to the title of a clause, an automatic number is attributed to the title, and it is formatted in bold and with a bigger font than the rest of the text.


Just as importantly, the title will be marked up as a heading, which means it will be taken over into the table of contents.


The IEC standard styles are contained in the IEC template. Please make sure to base all your future IEC publications on this template.


The better a document is structured, the easier it is afterwards to apply a good layout, and the fewer problems everyone will have working with it. Two things are important to achieve a well-structured document:

  • Avoid individual formatting as far as possible.
    For example, do not create a term and then format it with the "bold" command. Instead, please use the style "term" from the list of styles.

    In particular, never apply manual numbering for headings, list items and paragraphs, as this regularly creates problems later, when item numbers have to be updated.

  • Always apply the appropriate style. Do not use a style for a purpose other than that for which it was defined, e.g. do not use the style Heading 3 to format a term number.

For guidance on applying styles in the different versions of Word, download the document at the bottom of this page.



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