Header Data of a Smart Style


In the header data you maintain the default values of a Smart Style. If you do not assign different values to the paragraph and character formats in the Smart Form, the system uses these default values.


You must define the following values in the header data:

  • Standard paragraph
  • Default tab stops
  • Characters per inch/Lines per inch
  • Font family and font size


Standard Paragraph

You must flag one of the existing paragraphs as default paragraph. To assign this standard paragraph to a text, use paragraph format '*'.

Default Tab Stops

The system uses these values if you do not specify any other defined tabs.

Default Font Attributes

These include the font family, the font size, bold/italic, underline, and color. You can overrule these settings in the individual paragraph or character formats.

Characters per Inch/Lines per Inch

You need these specifications if you want to specify measurements (for example, for margins or indents) in the style in the measurement units CH (character) or LN (line). These specifications affect only the measurement units in the style, but not the units CH and LN of nodes in the Form Builder that use this style. The Smart Form has its own form attributes.

The system proposes optimized values. You should change them only if the need arises.

  • The measurement unit Characters per Inch is often used with line printers. Changes to this value have no effects on the font width.
  • The measurement unit Lines per Inch in the default setting of Smart Styles automatically affects the line spacing, which is specified for every newly created paragraph format in LN (on the Indents and Spacing tab).

Unlike with word processing programs, with SAP Smart Forms the line spacing is independent of the font height. This requires you to adapt the line spacing accordingly when you want to change the font height. If you use large fonts throughout the entire style, you can set the value for Characters per Inch to half the default size in the Header Data.