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Inserting templates with variable names (Part 2)

The original article regarding inserting documents with variable names was written way back in 2009.  Since then, as a result of further maturing of XpressDox, some really useful innovations have been added.  In particular, if there are data elements whose values are set very early in the process (in fact

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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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Source and destination formatting

When including part (or all) of one document into another, which is the basis of the BaseTemplate, IncludeTemplate and InsertDocument commands, there is always an issue about what formatting (styles, fonts, etc.) should be applied in the resulting document. XpressDox provides three options for this.

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The BaseTemplate Command

Letterheads are of special interest because they are used as the basis for many documents. With XpressDox it is possible to create one letterhead template, and by referring to it with the BaseTemplate command, use that template as the basis for many other documents without having to specify the letterhead formatting in those documents.

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Customizing and using base templates

Sometimes it would be useful to be able to customize a source template for more than just the letter body. For example, it may be that the Data Set contains data for more than one set of addressees and the source document needs to be able to indicate which of these addressees is to be included on the base template.

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The ComeHereAfterRun Command

After a template is run and the document has been produced, the «ComeHereAfterRun()» command will cause the Word cursor to position itself at the point in the document where this command appears. Command Structure «ComeHereAfterRun()»   Examples of usage Typically this would be used in a general letter which is

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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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