CaptureDataElement

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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The CaptureDataElement and CaptureDataElements Commands

The commands in XpressDox which control the format of the interview do typically not appear on the interview unless they are required in the template being run.  This mechanism allows, amongst others, the specification of all interview-layout commands in one template which is then included (with IncludeTemplate or IncludeCodeTemplate) by the templates requiring that

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The CaptureDataElement Command

The background to this command probably needs a bit of experience in authoring more complex templates. Because XpressDox uses XSLT technology to format the documents, it is possible to use XSLT and XPath expressions to control some of the processing.

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