A style can be based on another style. This ability allows you to create a style which overrides one or more properties of the base style, but inherits all the rest properties.
For example, you need to create a style with the same formatting attributes as the Normal style, but with a different color. So, when adding a new style, in the Style dialog, you can select Normal as the base style, and then set the color you want by clicking the Font button.
Now if you change the font name and/or font size of the Normal style, its sub-style will also use these new font settings since it inherits these values from its base style. However, if you change the font color of the Normal style, its sub-style will not change its own color since it overrides the color value of its base style.
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