This has been requested under the guise of exporting style mark up into Word. While that would be nice, the real issue is that while Scrivener’s real strength is constructing really complicated structured documents, there’s no way to export that structure into most other formats. It will create a flat table of contents for ePub/Mobi but it needs, in order of priority:
- Export PDFs with section titles marked as Bookmarks and tables of contents being clickable
- Export multilevel ToCs in ePub
- Export ODT and/or docx files with section titles being marked with Heading styles
- Import ODT and/or docx files with structure to allow for turn around jobs
I saw a lot of discussions out there about whether an individual’s needs for this are valid or not (e.g. what do publishers accept, etc.) But this is really an accessibility issue for both blind and dyslexic readers. I bought Scrivener to create documents in various formats for these constituencies but sadly, won’t be able to do it now. And because of the poor export, I won’t even be able to create drafts.
BTW: I know that one solution is to format section titles with specific fonts and do find/replace in Word. But that only really works occasionally for big projects. It would not be workable if I wanted to rexport, etc. The handling of structured documents in the latest versions of Word is fairly sophisticated, so I will have to continue using it until this is fixed. A pity, I was really looking forward to recommending Scrivener more widely as a structured document creator.