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Moving around in XpressDox: The Explorer

“If I were going to Limerick, I wouldn’t be starting here”, an Irishman told a tourist. Yet it can be like that with the Microsoft file and folder explorers, which often enough open far away from where you want to be. The XpressDox Explorer solves this problem for you.

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Force saving of merged documents – XpressDox

When the file name of the merged document is provided either in the configuration, or using the «SetSavedDocumentFileName()» command, then XpressDox will save that merged document regardless of whether or not the user checks the Save Merged Document? check box on the data capture interview for that template.

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CaptureLater – XpressDox

When a template is run, XpressDox constructs a data capture interview which is guided by the XpressDox merge fields which are coded in the template. The CaptureLater command is one of the commands which can be used to influence this.

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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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Troubleshooting missing pictures in documents

Normally pictures, logos, etc., are handled without problems by XpressDox. But sometimes the pictures go missing from the merged document and are replaced by a red X in a box. This recipe discusses why this can happen and gives some advice on how to correct the situation.

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The sequence of the fields on the interview

XpressDox will create a data capture interview automatically, using the data elements defined on the template. The sequence in which the data elements appear on the interview can be controlled with the CaptureDataElement command, and the Heading and Tab commands can assist with further layout.

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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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Multi-line fields on an XpressDox interview

You may not want to have to define 3 or 4 or some maximum number of address line data elements, and have the user capture them one at a time, and still provide conditional formatting logic to suppress any empty data elements. XpressDox document assembly supports this by the concept of long text fields.

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Where have all my data elements gone?

Sometimes you will have marked up a template and then when you run it, one or more of the data elements don’t appear in the data capture interview. Conversely, sometimes the data element may appear in the capture interview but not on the merged document. This Cookbook recipe gives the background to why this might be, and what you can do about it.

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Supply help text to users on an XpressDox interview

Often the name of a data element is descriptive enough to for a user to know what to enter when capturing data. But sometimes more help is needed. XpressDox has a number of mechanisms available for the template author to provide the user with help in capturing data, in particular using the Help command.

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Format an Identity Number

The FormatNumber function in XpressDox can help the template author make sure that the template user captures valid numeric data, as well as format the result for readability.

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Construct a letterhead for your templates

Enterprises lose credibility and brand awareness when published documentation is out of date or inconsistent. XpressDox Docussembly™ document assembly makes it possible to ensure consistent use of branded documents throughout the enterprise.

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