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Using fillpoints to include variable data


Using fillpoints to include variable data

Documents containing XpressDox syntax are called templates, and are constructed in Microsoft® Office Word with the fixed text typed as in any normal document, but the pieces of variable data are entered as Fillpoints.

A Fillpoint is the name of the data element, enclosed inside the fillpoint delimiters, which are << and >>. By default, after version 4 of XpressDox, new installations of XpressDox will have fillpoint delimiters of « and », referred to as “chevrons” (but templates authored with the old XpressDox Classic delimiters will nonetheless continue to run).

An example of a Fillpoint would be <<BalanceOutstanding>>.

Notes on syntax provides the rules for naming of data elements.

The templates are stored as Word XML documents (after version 4 as .docx format documents), and the source of the data for the fillpoints (called the Data Set) is represented in XML format.

An example of the data for the letter requesting payment would be:

<?xml version = “1.0”?>
<letter>
<Reference>MNO098765</Reference>
<YourRef>CASE 012234</YourRef>
<Addressee>Mr. J. Fish</Addressee>
<AddressLine1>18 Long Road</AddressLine1>
<AddressLine2>Cape Town</AddressLine2>
<Date>2008/03/23</Date>
<BalanceOutstanding>1010.25</BalanceOutstanding>
<NatureOfAccount>Cheque</NatureOfAccount>
<FeeEarner>Mr Murgatroyd</FeeEarner>
</letter>

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