ForEach

Working with repeated elements – Part 1

Repeating data elements presents a challenge to the template author, especially in formulating sentences and descriptions where the number of parties or invoice items or other repeating data is unknown at the time of authoring the template. This recipe in the Cookbook demonstrates how XpressDox meets this challenge.

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ForEach: Handling repeating data

The central issue with repeating data is that the number of repeated data elements is not known at the time the template is authored, and so XpressDox offers the ForEach, List and Ordinal commands as a way of processing a variable number of repeated data elements.

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Using block commands in XpressDox

The ForEach and If commands are called ‘block commands’ because they are terminated with a separate End command. Between the start and end of the block there are other Merge Fields. There is a special behaviour related to block commands to help with eliminating unwanted empty paragraphs when the start and end appear on different paragraphs.

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Manage the number of occurrences of a repeater

Manage the number of occurrences of a repeater. “Repeaters” are otherwise called “complex elements” in XML, but are essentially items through which you can iterate using a «ForEach()» in the template. An example would be My children are: «ForEach(Child)» Name: «Name» Age: «Age» «End()» In general, XpressDox will allow the

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