It’s always interesting to hear a person’s perception of what a template is for them. Technically, a template is a specially prebuilt document you create a new document from. A template is a perfect starting point for your new document or presentation, such as a letter, newsletter or report, and includes all of the defaults, typography and layout that you need, so you don’t have to set it all up every time you want a new one.
But a template is much more than just a starting point, or at least it can be, if you consider the options. In past projects we have developed new programmed macro facilities that create specially formatted tables, choose different cover designs or choose whether to have a table of contents or not. A template can be given extended abilities to really help a user in putting together that winning document. It can be a tool to make life easier.