About Arbortext Styler > Creating a Basic Stylesheet > Styles Overview
Styles Overview
You can use Arbortext Styler to create a simple stylesheet by mapping the elements in the current document to a set of predefined styles. A style applies a set of initial properties (such as font characteristics, spacing, and indentation) and in some cases a set of appropriate contexts.
To determine the initial properties set by a style, apply the style to an element and then look at either the property categories or the Description field.
For example, the following is a list of the initial properties and contexts added to a set of elements when specific styles are applied. In this case, the chapter element is mapped to the Division style, level 1, the section element is mapped to the Division style, level 2, and the title element is mapped to Title.
Arbortext Styler creates three contexts for the title element:
title in chapter
title in section
title everywhere else
Arbortext Styler also applies the following properties to these contexts:
sanserif, bold, and blue text effects
20pt in chapter
18pt in section
12pt everywhere else
a division number
spacing before and after
a keep with next to prevent title from displaying as the last element on a page
When you create a new stylesheet, Arbortext Styler applies default styles to certain elements based on settings in the document type's .dcf file (specifically, link, link target, document, title, graphic, and paragraph). Changes made to these elements in Arbortext Styler will override the settings for these elements in the .dcf file.
Refer to Applying styles for more information on styles.