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Using fillpoints to include variable data
September 13, 2009

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 ».

Source and destination formatting
September 14, 2009

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.

The CaptureDataElement Command
September 14, 2009

The command can be used to force appearance of a control on an interview, or to change the default position of the control.

Notes on XpressDox syntax
September 28, 2009

XpressDox document assembly syntax is fairly straightforward, and by paying attention to these few rules you can ensure your templates work first time, every time. This articles describes the syntax rules for data element names, command names, and functions, and describes when to use quote marks.

Configuration for folder settings
September 28, 2009

Every folder where templates can be stored, and from which they are selected with the Run Template function, can have a configuration saved in it. When a folder is selected as the Configuration for folder, it means that the configuration settings entered on the screen will be saved in that folder.

Merging configurations
September 28, 2009

Although other systems have concepts like ‘Private Folders’ and ‘Shared Folders’, these concepts are not necessary as such in XpressDox, as they can be provided for, and more flexibly, by the combination of the features of Merged Configuration and Helper Folders.

Configuring office settings
September 28, 2009

XpressDox Docussembly™ document assembly software allows you to configure your installation to centralize letterheads, clause libraries, data sources, and XpressDox Explorer. This is a powerful yet simple way to scale the benefits of XpressDox Docussembly™ across your organization.

Managing favorite templates
September 28, 2009

This tab is only available for the Home folder. It enables the user to specify a number of templates that they use frequently, and these templates are then presented in the Microsoft® Office Word UI in a menu, so that the user can have quick access to them.

Standard data element configuration
September 28, 2009

These are data elements that appear as data elements on standard templates. A typical example is the user’s email address and telephone extension on a letterhead. In order to save a user typing their own details into the data capture UI every time they run a template, the Standard Data Elements feature allows them to enter these details into the configuration of a folder.

Layout the interview form using headings and footings
September 29, 2009

This command enables you to apply section headings to different parts of the data capture interview.

Delimiters: How to choose your own fillpoint delimiters
September 29, 2009

It is possible for fillpoint delimiters to be re-defined on any given installation of XpressDox. The decision to do this needs to be taken seriously because as soon as any significant number of templates have been authored using a particular choice of Fillpoint markers, a change to the markers will require a change to all the templates authored up to that point.

Configuring data sources
September 29, 2009

The Data Sources facility provides a way for data captured into some other system to be merged into templates. For example, users may wish to be able to have address and other contact information from Microsoft® Outlook inserted into letters. This would be achieved by defining the Outlook Contacts as a Data Source.

Advanced file handling
September 29, 2009

As well as configuring the folders where documents and data are to be stored, the filename which will be given to the saved documents and data can be defined, using the ‘Pattern for saved file name’ described in configuring standard folders.

Configuring Helper Folders in XpressDox
September 30, 2009

In XpressDox document assembly software any number of Helper Folders can be configured. A typical example of a folder for which this type of shortcut is defined would be one in which letterheads or other standard templates like fax headers, etc. are kept. In this way these standard templates can be kept separately to the templates that use them.

Configuring standard folders
September 30, 2009

The Document Save Folder will be the default folder to which documents produced by running a template will be saved. When a template has been run, the user will be asked to provide a name for the document via a Save File dialog, and at that stage will be able to change the place where the document is saved.

Using and storing variables
September 30, 2009

Here are some examples to illustrate the concept which enables the results of calculations to be stored for further use in the template, and even for future templates.

Getting data from data sources into a template
September 30, 2009

XpressDox document assembly software makes it easy to include data from a data sources, and using the ‘Refresh’ and ‘Save’ options with templates using data sources.

Data capture in XpressDox
September 30, 2009

XpressDox has been designed to fill marked-up templates in two general situations: The first is when data is captured and stored as part of an application; and, the second is to assist users who use the system within Microsoft® Office Word to produce standard documents.

Using block commands in XpressDox
September 30, 2009

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 Fillpoints. 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.

Formatting individual data elements
September 30, 2009

Formatting functions can be applied to any data element name where the value of the data element is to be included in the resulting text, that is when the data element name would otherwise exist in a Fillpoint all on its own, or inside a List command.

The Caption Command
October 1, 2009

Use the Caption command to change the name of the data element in the interview to make it something a little more readable

The List Command
October 1, 2009

List the repeated items which appear in a «ForEach>:> command

October 1, 2009

Calculate the minimum of two values

The SetSavedDocumentFileName Command
October 1, 2009

Force documents to be saved with a specified file name

The Now Function
October 1, 2009

Insert the current date and/or time

The Today Function
October 1, 2009

Insert the current date

The Required Command
October 1, 2009

The Required command indicates that a data element must be given a value in the interview.

The ComeHereAfterRun Command
October 1, 2009

Places the cursor at the position of the ComeHereAfterRun command when the template has been run and the document is merged.

The SetSavedDocumentFolder Command
October 1, 2009

Define the file path of auto saved documents

The If Command
October 1, 2009

Automatically Include or exclude text from a merged document based on the answer set provided by the user

The Contains Function
October 1, 2009

Test for a string anywhere in another string

The SetSavedDataFileName Command
October 1, 2009

Force data sets to be saved with a specified file name

The Help Command
October 1, 2009

This command can be used to provide help text for the XpressDox interview.

The ChooseFromFile Command
October 1, 2009

The user of the template is given a drop down list which is populated from a text file.

The ExcludeFromIV Command
October 1, 2009

Hide fields from the interview with the ExcludeFromIV command.

The SetSavedDataFolder command
October 1, 2009

Define the file path of auto saved data sets

The Count Function
October 1, 2009

The Count Command returns the number of repeated items inside a ForEach

The Debug Command
October 1, 2009

Troubleshoot missing or floating End() commands

The StartsWith Function
October 1, 2009

Test whether a string starts with a given string

Inserting templates with variable names (Part 1)
October 1, 2009

In some situations, the name of a file to be included in the document is contained in the Data Set. In these cases, instead of IncludeTemplate, the command InsertDocument is used.

The ChooseUsingCheckBox command
October 1, 2009

This command presents the user with a true or false checkbox

The EndsWith Function
October 1, 2009

Test the end of a string

Customizing and using base templates
October 1, 2009

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.

The BaseTemplate Command
October 1, 2009

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.

The Footing Command
October 1, 2009

Insert text below a data element on the interview

The Heading Command
October 1, 2009

Place text above a data element on the interview

The ChooseFromSamples Command
October 1, 2009

The ChooseFromSamples command is used to present the user with a list. The user may either select one of the existing samples or type in their own value.

The ChooseFromRepeatingData Command
October 1, 2009

Choose the value of a data element from a data source

The ChooseFromRDBList Command
October 1, 2009

Present the user with a list of choices in the form of ‘Radio Buttons’

The ChooseFromList Command
October 1, 2009

Instead of capturing a value for a data element, the ChooseFromList command can be used to present the user with a list of options for the value of a data element

The CaptureDataElement and CaptureDataElements Commands
October 1, 2009

Capture a data element, without it appearing at that point in the document, or to rearrange the order of the questions in the interview

The CaptureAsLongText Command
October 1, 2009

Use the CaptureAsLongText Command to place a multi-line control on the interview into which data can be captured

RemoveParagraph: remove unwanted paragraphs
October 5, 2009

Although XpressDox does a lot to make sure it leaves no unwanted empty paragraphs behind, it is sometimes necessary to manually remove the unwanted paragraphs. The RemoveParagraph() command will empower the template author to do this.

ForEach: Handling repeating data
October 10, 2009

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.

XML and Data Sets
October 13, 2009

XpressDox merges XML data into templates to produce a final merged document. This article discusses the concept of a Data Set and how XpressDox handles and even constructs Data Sets.

Using XSLT functions
October 14, 2009

XpressDox uses XSLT technology to insert data elements into Fillpoints. This means that a vast amount of functionality is available to the experienced user, especially the XSLT functions, which are used to format data. XpressDox functions and XSLT functions can be mixed in one Fillpoint

Using Tabs to control the layout of the interview
October 27, 2009

With the Tab command the template author can split long or complex data capture interviews by use of Tabs in XpressDox Docussembly™ document assembly software.

The Max Function
November 1, 2009

Calculate the maximum of two values

Trouble Shooting XpressDox Startup
November 16, 2009

This article provides guidance on possible solutions when XpressDox does not load, either immediately after installation, or at a later stage.

GetValidFileName function – removes or replaces illegal characters from a file name
November 28, 2009

The GetValidFileName function will examine a value for characters which are illegal in a file name, and either remove those illegal characters, or replace them with a string supplied to the function.

The CreateDataElement Command
November 28, 2009

The CreateDataElement function adds a new data element to the data set for the template.

Conditional Capture
January 28, 2010

The Conditional Capture feature of XpressDox will automatically hide fillpoints on the data capture interview. This happens when the document assembly logic in the template renders a data element to be irrelevant in a particular situation.

The RenderAsNumeric function
January 28, 2010

The calculation features of XpressDox require that values conform to a specific format. This format permits numeric digits, an optional leading sign (+ or -) and an optional decimal point. Thousands separators, spaces and other such characters are not permitted. The RenderAsNumeric function assists with this.

Conditional processing – If, Else, When
January 29, 2010

Text can be included in or excluded from the merged document depending on the value of one or more data elements in the data set.

Set a Custom Document Property
March 3, 2010

Using the SetCustomDocumentProperty command in an XpressDox template, a Word Custom Document Property can be defined in the merged document.

How to Convert Numbers to Currency
May 11, 2010

An amount of money can be stored as a numeric value, and rendered as a natural language phrase when needed. The Currency function does this.

What is the difference between Commands and Functions
June 5, 2010

Commands and functions appear the same, but their functionality is different and in some cases this difference is important.

The Comment command
June 5, 2010

Sometimes a template author will want to record the reasons for using specific commands or document logic, and record this inside the template itself. The Comment command is available for this.

The SetInitialValue Command
June 5, 2010

The SetInitialValue command enables a template author to provide an initial value for a data element to be captured in the interview screen.

The SetMultipleDocumentFilter command
July 15, 2010

The SetMultipleDocumentFilter empowers the template author to designate a filter which will apply when the Document per Repeated Item is used.

The ExtractInitials Function
July 20, 2010

It is unkind to a user to expect them to fill in the full names of a person and then to type in the initials of that person. The ExtractInitials function relieves the user of this burden.

The FormatNumber Function
July 20, 2010

A numeric value can be formatted in many different ways under control of a pattern string.

The CountOf Command
July 27, 2010

The CountOf function returns the number of occurrences of one string within another.

The Script Feature
October 4, 2010

The «Script()» command enables the template author to give a name to a chunk of text, and to use that chunk repeatedly in a template by using the «UseScript()» command where the chunk is required.

The Rule Command
October 4, 2010

Using the «Rule()» command the template author can make sure that data values entered by the user in the interview for a template are syntactically correct and to some extent that they are consistent with each other.

The CurrencySymbol command
October 4, 2010

The CurrencySymbol command aids in the internationalisation of a template in that the currency symbol is not hard coded in the template.

The RequiredVersion Command
October 4, 2010

Running a template on an old version of XpressDox might give rise to confusing error messages if new features are used.

Trouble Shooting Office 2010 Installations
October 12, 2010

Installing XpressDox for Word 2010 can fail if the version of XpressDox which was downloaded was for the Word 2010 version of the other “bitness”

The InterviewTitle Command
October 19, 2010

The InterviewTitle command can be used to set the title to something more meaningful to the user than the default title

Multi-language Support
November 30, 2010

XpressDox supports the user-facing interface in the language of the user. Bi-lingual interviews are also supported.

The RestrictToLicenses Command
December 21, 2010

A reseller who invests a lot of time into a set of templates may want to protect those templates from being used by unauthorised users. The RestrictToLicenses command helps with this.

The Trim Function
December 21, 2010

Leading and trailing white space (and other characters) can be removed from a value using the Trim function

The SetSavedDocumentNameVersioning Command
December 21, 2010

The default system behaviour resulting in multiple versions of merged files being saved into a folder can be switched off by the SetSavedDocumentNameVersioning command.

The SaveAsPDF Command
December 21, 2010

A template author can specify, by template, which templates should be merged and saved in PDF format using the SaveAsPDF command.

The InterviewIsWizard Command
December 23, 2010

The user can be presented with a series of interview forms that are navigated via Next and Back buttons.

The Processing Phases of XpressDox
December 28, 2010

There are a number of processing phases performed when a template is run. Understanding these phases is useful when using the advanced file handling and other features of XpressDox.

The IncludeTemplate Command
January 3, 2011

Insert an entire template in the document

The RunTemplates Command
January 3, 2011

Related templates can be run with one command using «RunTemplates»

The RunWordMacro Command
January 3, 2011

The RunWordMacro command will cause the named macros to be run after the template and data have been merged.

The MergeTemplate Function
January 22, 2011

While a template is being run, the MergeTemplate function can be used to cause further templates to be run after that template has been completed.

Testing parts of a string
January 22, 2011

There are various ways that XpressDox functions can be used to test the contents of strings and manipulate strings. Some examples are given.

The Define Command
March 30, 2011

Using the «Define()» command, the template author can define the interview layout properties of a data element.

The WindowsLogonUser Function
April 14, 2011

The WindowsLogonUserFunction enables the template author to gain access to the Windows® user name with which the person running the template logged on to Windows®.

Change the Case of a Value
April 14, 2011

Various functions are available which change the case of values

The TableLookup Function
April 14, 2011

This function provides a table lookup mechanism for retrieving values from a table of values.

The StartsWithVowel Function
April 14, 2011

This function aids in selection of the correct definite article in a sentence.

The Replace Function
April 14, 2011

Replace all occurrences of one string in a source string with another string.

The NumberPhrase Function
April 14, 2011

This function converts number to words in various languages

The Now and Today Functions
April 14, 2011

The Now function inserts the current date and/or time into the document.

The Max and Min Functions
April 14, 2011

Max and Min calculate the maximum and minimum, respectively, of two numbers.

The FormatDate and IncrementDate Functions
April 14, 2011

Dates can be formatted in many different ways and languages.

The HardSpace Command
April 14, 2011

This function converts spaces to “hard” or non-breaking spaces.

The GetListItem Function
April 14, 2011

Extract an item from a list given the number of the item.

The Ordinal Command
April 18, 2011

Use the «Ordinal» to return the ordinal value (first, second, third) of an item in a list

The IncrementV Function
April 18, 2011

This function will add a value to the value of an XpressDox variable.

The OrdinalSuffix Function
April 18, 2011

The “th” in “25th December 2011” can be produced using the OrdinalSuffix function.

The Gender Function
April 18, 2011

The Gender function enables the template author to insert the correct gender-related pronouns in the finished document.

The Plural Function
April 18, 2011
Filling PDF Forms
July 4, 2011

XpressDox can fill PDF forms with data from an XpressDox interview, or any other data.

The LinkToDataSource Command
July 5, 2011

Any control on an XpressDox interview can be linked to a data source so that data in that control, or any other control, governs which data is to be retrieved.

The Hyperlink Command
July 5, 2011

Attach a hyperlink to a heading or footing in the interview.

The OptimizeParsing Command
July 5, 2011

Optimized parsing can be switched off using this command, for particular situations which warrant it.

The ChooseFromDataSource Command
July 7, 2011

This command will create a control in the interview that allows the user (when the template is being run) to choose the data from a data source.

The SendWebEmail Command
July 20, 2011

Upon the completion of a document generated in the cloud, an automated email can be sent using the «SendWebEmail» command

The SetWebReturnURL command
July 20, 2011

Specify a result page after the document has been assembled

The SetWebButtonText command
July 20, 2011

This command allows the template author to change the text of the ‘Assemble’ button at the end of the interview

The PlaceHolder Command
July 27, 2011

A PlaceHolder can be used to include conditional headings and/or footings on an interview.

The ShowIfHasValue Function
July 27, 2011

Sometimes, if a data element has an empty value, then the paragraph containing that data element should be removed from the merged document. The ShowIfHasValue function achieves this.

Set Web Information for a Template
October 25, 2011

Control the emailing of documents and data sets, setting the button text for the Assemble Document button, and setting the return URL are possible with this set of commands.

The SetInterviewDataOnly Command
October 25, 2011

A typical usage of this would be in conjunction with the MergeTemplate function, where the template is a master template and based on the values of data input by the user, different templates are merged.

The RegionToX and XToRegion Functions
February 15, 2012

Calculations using numbers which are not in XSLT-compliant format need the intervention of the RegionToX function.

February 16, 2012

Construction of the XpressDox interview involves algorithms which determine whether or not data elements should appear on the interview, in other words the relevance of each data element.

The CaptureAllDataElements Command
February 16, 2012

In the context of “relevance”, sometimes the template author would like all data elements mentioned in the template or assembly to be captured, regardless of whether their values are used in the construction of the merged document or not.

The ChooseUsingDatePicker Command
February 16, 2012

Specify that when a data element appears on the interview it should have the date picker control.

The DaysBetween Function
February 16, 2012

Get the number of days between two dates.

The Empty Marker
February 16, 2012

Define a coded string which will be placed in the merged document when the data element in a fillpoint is empty.

The ExcludeFromDataSet Command
February 16, 2012

Exclude data elements from the saved data set.

The IncludeCodeTemplate Command
February 16, 2012

When the code template is included using this command, then any of the paragraphs in the included template which contain no XpressDox fillpoints are removed from the document.

The LinkToOtherData Command
February 16, 2012

When the user enters a value in a control in the interview, the equivalent of pressing the User Other Data button is performed.

The OnExitSet and OnEnterSet Commands
February 16, 2012

The value of a data element, caption, footing or heading can be set in the interview, depending on the value of data entered by the user.

The ReadOnly Command
February 16, 2012

The value of the data element will be shown in the interview, but the user will not be allowed to modify it.

The RepeatWhile Command
February 16, 2012

Allows iteration through repeated values in a single data element.

The Round Function
February 16, 2012

Round a value to the nearest integer, or fraction.

The SaveAsText Command
February 16, 2012

XpressDox can create files which are not necessarily Word documents, such as XML, HTML, CSV, or any text format.

The SetRepeaterQualifier Command
February 17, 2012

Build up a meaningful signature for repeating elements in the interview.

The HideEmptyInterview Command
February 23, 2012

Empty interviews can be suppressed using the HideEmptyInterview command.

The EscapeForXml and GetValidXmlElementName Functions
March 1, 2012

XpressDox can be used to transform an XML document to another format. The two functions covered here will make the task possible.

The ChooseFromDataElements Command
April 13, 2012

A drop down list of values sourced from the current data set can be presented in the interview.

The Chr Function
April 13, 2012

This function can be used to return a character based on its numeric value.

The CaptureOnlyEmptyValues Command
April 13, 2012

This command presents an interview which contains only those data elements which are empty.

The YearsBetween Function
April 26, 2012

The age of a person can be calculated using YearsBetween

The ChooseFromHzRDBList Command
June 29, 2012

This command will present a horizontally arranged set of radio buttons from which the user can choose a value.

The FormatTime Function
June 29, 2012

This will enable the template author to control the format of a a time of day in the merged document.

The ChooseUsingTimePicker Command
June 29, 2012

A time of day can be captured in the interview via a special control which assists the user in this task.

The CommasAndList Function
June 29, 2012

Produces a natural language list of values which occur in a delimited list.

The SetWebInterimSaveButton Command
June 29, 2012

Provide a cloud user with the ability to save a partially captured data set.

The Width Command
June 29, 2012

Set the width of a control in the interview to a fixed number of characters

The HzGroup Command
June 29, 2012

Arrange controls horizontally on the interview form.

The InterviewFont Command
June 29, 2012

Change the font for the interview with the InterviewFont command.

The Guid Function
July 23, 2012

This function provides a new GUID whenever it is called.

The ValueIsEmpty Function
July 23, 2012

In general, where XML is sourced from other than the XpressDox interview, data elements destined for the merged document can sometimes not exist in the data set. In this case a comparison with an empty string will render a false result.

The Select/Case/Default Commands
July 23, 2012

Multiple nested If commands can be avoided by use of the Select/Case/Default construct.

The CentsToCurrency and CurrencyToCents Functions
August 30, 2012

The CentsToCurrency and CurrencyToCents functions assist in calculations involving monetary values which then are less prone to rounding errors.

The SetWebInterviewSize Command
September 3, 2012

This will enable the template author to set the size of the web interview.

The RunAsHugeTemplate Command
September 20, 2012

The RunAsHugeTemplate brings into paly a workaround an Office feature that prevents large documents being processed by Office Add-ins

The DefineSetAllGroup Command
September 20, 2012

This command is a shorthand for creating a group of check boxes or radio buttons which are all set by the selection of a trigger data element’s control

The FlagTOCToBeUpdated Command
September 20, 2012

Conditional assembly in a template can render the pre-assembly Table of Contents no longer valid.

The AppendVr and PrependVr Functions
October 26, 2012

The AppendVr and PrependVrfunctions provide minimally cumbersome syntax for appending or prefixing values to variables.

The ListDelimiter Function
November 20, 2012

Insert delimiters like comma, or semi colon, with the last being “and”.

The ReplaceField and ReplaceFieldEnd Commands
December 11, 2012

These commands are used with a BaseTemplate command to achieve customizations of a Base template.

The ceiling and floor functions
February 5, 2013

Round up or round down with the ceiling and floor functions.

XpressDox Arrays
February 28, 2013

Arrays are similar to variables, and have a very similar set of functions to manipulate them. XpressDox arrays can be indexed using data of (almost) any type for the index – i.e. you can index with strings or numerics, or both in the same array.

The DropDownPanel Command
February 28, 2013

Controls can be grouped and hidden behind a drop-down, to be displayed at the user’s request.

Run Text Files as Templates
February 28, 2013

Text files can be marked up with XpressDox fillpoints and then run – enabling code generation and related functions.

The CaptureInGrid Command
February 28, 2013

Repeating data can be captured in a grid, rather than in a separate form for each repeater.

The MakeNoise Function
February 28, 2013

This will emit a sound when the fillpoint is reached, and can then be used to help with debugging complicated templates, or giving feedback to the user during merging of the template.

Interact with External Programs
February 28, 2013

A template can issue instructions to external programs, such as Excel or Powerpoint or other COM or .NET objects.

The RepeaterCaption Command
March 11, 2013

With this command the template author can provide a caption on the interview for a repeater.

The TabOrientation Command
March 19, 2013

In the Web interview, tabs can be shown either in horizontal or vertical orientation.

The InsertInto Function
April 12, 2013

This function will insert a string into the given position in another string.

The SetCoreFileProperty Function
June 4, 2013

Some of the Advanced Properties can be set in the document which is merged from a template.

The InterviewRelevance Command
August 28, 2013

XpressDox has a powerful relevance engine which controls the appearance of data elements on the interview depending on the values of other data elements which have been captured.

The Lookup Function
November 20, 2013

The Lookup function can be used to resolve minor but significant changes in spelling, and similar situations.

The Left and Right Functions
January 6, 2014

The substring function provides all the functionality to extract pieces of a string, but Left and Right make some operations easier.

The InterviewLogo Command
January 6, 2014

An image can be provided which becomes a logo for the interview.

The LinkToDataSourceOnEnter Command
January 28, 2014

This command works in exactly the same way as LinkToDataSource but when focus enters a control rather than when it exits.

The Eq Function
March 11, 2014

The Eq function is used to compare long strings where the “*” wild card character helps the author to minimize typing.

The GetRegistryValue Function
October 6, 2014

Get values from the Windows registry.

The SubstringBeforeLast and SubstringAfterLast Functions
October 6, 2014

Get values like folder and file name from a full file path, and manipulate other multi-delimiter strings.

The IIf Function
November 27, 2014

A short-hand for writing otherwise very wordy If-then-else type clauses.

The UpdateFields Command
November 27, 2014

XpressDox will update the Word fields and Table of Contents

The IncludeSpreadsheet and InsertSpreadsheet Commands
March 13, 2015

Embed a spreadsheet into a document in a way that the spreadsheet can be edited from within the document.

The IsTrue Function
May 12, 2015

It is not always easy to determine beforehand what the format of some data elements will be. IsTrue helps handle boolean values.

The Button Command
May 12, 2015

The Button enables the person running the template to decide when the action(s) attached to it should be executed, if at all.

The TemplateName Function
May 12, 2015

Insert the name of the template file into the assembled document.

The ToHtml Function
September 18, 2015

HTML snippets can be captured and inserted into a document.

The Format Function
September 18, 2015

Concatenate strings with an easily visualizable format.

The SaveDataset Command
September 18, 2015

XpressDox can be instructed not to save the XML data set after running a template.

The SaveAsHTML Command
September 18, 2015

The document assembled as a result of running a template can be saved as HTML.

The PositionOfRepeater Function
April 5, 2016

Write code conditional on the position of a repeater when the interview is active.

The ShowHidden Command
April 5, 2016

The template author can force the “Show Hidden Fields” functionality on some or all controls in the interview.

Log the Usage of each Template
April 5, 2016

XpressDox can be configured to log the usage of each template.

The PaintInsertedText Command
April 5, 2016

Showing where text is inserted into a document is a useful trouble shooting tool.

The FormatSeconds Function
April 5, 2016

Dividing an elapsed time period into hours, minutes and seconds can present challenges, which this function solves.

The RemoveColumnIf and RemoveRowIf Commands
April 5, 2016

Conditionally removing rows and/or columns from a Word table is simplified using the RemoveRowIf command and the RemoveColumnIf command.

The FileExists Function
April 15, 2016

Test for the existence of a file before performing a file-related operation

The PrefixWith and SuffixWith Functions
June 6, 2016

Easily represent a list of different data elements in a single line.

The MergeDataSheetTemplate Function
June 6, 2016

Merge a data sheet showing data elements and values.

The HideInsideIV Command
July 1, 2016

Hide a data element in the interview so that the data element can participate in conditions in interview-construction commands.

The IncludePicture and InsertPicture Commands
August 17, 2016

These commands enable the insertion of graphics from a file into the merged document.

The LastDayInMonth Function
August 17, 2016

Get the last day of a month without having to work out whether it is in a leap year or not.

The WriteTimeStampToDataSet Command
September 7, 2016

Write performance measurement information to the dataset.

The RaiseToPower Function
October 14, 2016

Calculate numbers raised to a power.

The ExpectXSLTFormatNumbers Command
February 13, 2017

Ensuring the integrity of numeric data is assisted by this command.

The InhibitAutomaticRuleOnNumberFunctions Command
February 13, 2017

Special Rule handling is sometimes required in the context of arithmetic features in XpressDox.

The ForbidThousandsSeparators Command
February 13, 2017

This command can be used by the template author to make sure that template runners may not use the thousands separator when capturing numeric data in the interview.

The InsertHyperlink Function
February 13, 2017

Inserts a hyperlink with a title and URL into the assembled document

The Log Functions
February 13, 2017

Debugging a template is made easier by including one or more Log functions in the template.

The AlignErrorMessages Command
February 13, 2017

Tells XpressDox where to position error messages in the Web interview.

The CultureName Function
February 13, 2017

Determine processing depending on language,

The SaveAsRTF Command
February 13, 2017

Instruct XpressDox to save the assembled document in RTF format.

The SecondsBetween Function
February 13, 2017

Calculate the elapsed number of seconds between two times.

The SetWebCustomButton Command
February 13, 2017

Create a custom button on the Web interview.

The UpdateTableFormattingForPdf Function
March 9, 2017

Sometime the PDF renderer does not render table formatting correctly.

The GetDataSourceData, GetXMLElementValue and GetXPathValue functions
May 9, 2017

A direct mechanism for extracting data from a data source.

The SetDataSourceData Function
July 4, 2017

The template author can cause changes to the values of data in a data source during assembly of the document.

The AppendPDF Command
November 10, 2017

Append one or more PDF documents to the assembled document.

The ApplyRulesToDataset Command
January 8, 2018

XpressDox Rules can be applied to the data set even in cases where there is no interview.

The EnableWebLocalSave Command
January 8, 2018

Enable the “Save Local” feature in the browser interview.

The GetDataset Function
January 8, 2018

Write the XML data set into a BLOB field in a data base.

The PreviewHighlight Command
May 2, 2018
The DateAsNumber Function
May 2, 2018

Comparison of dates needs them to be rendered as numbers.

The PdfUserPassword Function
June 15, 2018
The MaximumRepeats Command
September 11, 2018
The SetWebInterviewMinimumHeight Command
October 26, 2018
February 5, 2019

There are many ways to find help with XpressDox, but here is a convenient list of some of the more common troubleshooting questions we get asked.

40 Often Used Commands and Functions
February 5, 2019

Learning XpressDox is a bit like learning a new language. The great news is that in this language, you only need about 40 commands to become fluent!

Shortcuts when using variables
June 27, 2019

xpressdox shortcuts

The CompareStrings Function
July 16, 2019

Compare two strings for other than equality.

The DateTimeAsNumber Function
July 16, 2019

Convert a date-and-time to a number for comparison purposes.

The EnableWebPreview Command
July 16, 2019

Enable or disable the Preview functionality during the interview process on Integration Server applications.

The HideFromPreview Command
July 16, 2019

Restrict the preview functionality to specific templates.

The Mod Function
July 16, 2019

Get the remainder when dividing one number by another.

The Paragraph Command
July 16, 2019

Split a pragraph into two paragraphs.

The Execute Function
July 16, 2019

Execute a sequence of functions.

The Value Function
August 2, 2019

Used within a Script which is to be used as a function.

The RepeaterPosition Function
December 10, 2019
The YearsMonthsDaysBetween Function
February 5, 2020
The ChooseFromDataset Command
February 20, 2020
The InterviewTheme Command
February 25, 2020

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