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The concat function – XpressDox

There are times when it is necessary to concatenate the values of data elements, variables and/or hard-coded strings together to form a value which is then stored in a variable. The concat function does this.

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The XpressDox Cookbook

The official XpressDox Cookbook contains various recipes for different aspects of XpressDox. It is intended to complement the User Reference. The latter document is comprehensive in that it covers all of the XpressDox commands and functions, but does so to a limited depth. The Cookbook is designed to give in-depth coverage of certain commonly used aspects.

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Define layout in a base template

Sometimes a letterhead needs to dictate not just things like the company’s logo and fairly static items like the directors’ names, but also the position of the addressee information and data elements like ‘Your Reference’ and ‘Our Reference’, for example.

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Look up a fee in a tariff table

The TableLookup command in XpressDox Docussembly™ can be used to look calculate values such as tax amounts or fees payable where these values are quoted in a tabular form, such as legislated tariffs.

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Create a letter head template

A letterhead is a template which is formatted with artefacts like a company logo and contact information, and all letters published by the company should be printed with this letterhead template as the background .

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Delimiters: How to choose your own fillpoint delimiters

It is possible for field markers to be re-defined on any given installation of XpressDox. The decision to do this needs to be taken seriously because as soon as any significant number of templates have been authored using a particular choice of Merge Field markers, a change to the markers will require a change to all the templates authored up to that point.

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Notes on XpressDox syntax

XpressDox Docussembly™ document assembly syntax is fairly straightforward, and by paying attention to these few rules you can ensure your templates work first time, every time. This articles describes the syntax rules for data element names, command names, and functions, and describes when to use quote marks.

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