ChooseFromFile is in some ways similar to ChooseFromDataSource, except that the data are defined either in a simple text file, or an XML file, and the file does not have to be configured into the Data Sources configuration: «ChooseFromFile(lookups:Correspondents.xdtxt)» «ChooseFromFile(shared:Partners.txt)» Text file The first line of the text file will contain a list of data element names. […]
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A straight forward mechanism for looking up values in a text file is provided with the ChooseFromFile command. It is almost as powerful as selecting data from a database, but has no configuration overhead. “The poor man’s datasource”.
Data from a data base can be inserted into a template. Perhaps this data has changed since it was last updated in the database, and the template-running-user is the one who knows about this change. It should be permissible for the user to change the data and have the change propagated back into the database.
XpressDox Docussembly™ document assembly software makes it easy to perform advanced document assembly functions, like selecting a single instance of a repeated data element, including data from a data source, and using the ‘Refresh’ and ‘Save’ options with templates using data sources.