What's style? _ Style is essentially the look and feel of your documents. It's where you define the colour schemes, use of logos, the fonts you will use, the headings etc. It's very easy to do this in a word processing package and even easier still in specialist technical authoring packages. For example: in Microsoft Word you have a series of pre_defined styles which you can then alter to suit your choices in a document. Define your headings, sub_headings, normal fonts etc. and then just add the graphics (such as logos or footers), and save your creation as a new template. Note: You should always select fonts for readability in the medium the document is intended for, as some fonts look better online, and others in print. Never select styles that are hard to read or engage with.
Why create one? _ "Re_inventing the wheel", is no fun. If you work for a single organisation it's likely that your templates could last a long, long time with no need to go back to the design board every time you are asked to create a new manual or user guide. When you work for yourself it's a great way to show clients that you have the skills they are looking for without breaking any confidentiality clauses with your existing clients, and with just a little bit of luck they'll adopt your method of working so you can continue to recycle your past efforts too.