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Concatenating strings

A pluralising example

Suppose you have a need to create an XpressDox Variable which will contain either a singular or plural from a data element. Using the example of a Will in Working with repeated elements, we might want to use the word “child” or “children” in many places, and not want to use «When(count(Child)…» everywhere, but rather use a variable, e.g. «GetV(‘childword’)».

There are a number of ways of setting the variable “childword” to the required value, but here is one that makes use of the concat function inside a «SetV» to concatenate the suffix “ren” to the word “child” when the number of Child data elements is greater than one:

«If(count(Child) > 1)»

Thereafter any execution of «GetV('childword')» will put the correct variation of “child” or “children” into the merged document.

A file path example

Another use of the concat function would be to construct a file path given its constitutents. For example, suppose the drive, folder and file name are located in three separate data elements. Setting a variable to contain the full file path would look like this: