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Creating a Template Fragment

A Template Fragment can return data from either an SQL Query or Model Scripts. The process of defining the content of a Template Fragment depends on which type of data you want your Template Fragment to return; the choices being:

  • Normal Document Template model data - the Template Fragment operates in the same way as a normal template
  • Template Selector - to define a template that calls in other Template Fragments depending on the element type being reported on
  • Custom SQL - to refer to the data returned by a custom SQL Query
  • Custom Scripts - to refer to data returned from a Model Script
  • Document Script - to identify a Model Script to be used by your Template Fragment; the script must return either an empty string or a string that contains raw RTF
  • Custom XML Script - to create a query to report values from an XML file produced by a previously-generated script, such as the data from a simulation; the query operates on static data that is not being continually or automatically updated

In all cases the process is very similar to creating a normal document template.

Access

Use one of the methods outlined here to open the 'New Document Template' dialog.

Ribbon

Publish > Model Reports > Templates : New icon. New Template icon

Keyboard Shortcuts

F8 > Templates : New

Other

In the Resources window, expand the 'Document Generation' folder, then:

  • Expand the folder 'User Templates' | right-click on the folder 'Fragments' | Create Template or
  • Expand the folder 'User Templates' | expand the folder 'Fragments' | right-click on <template name> | Copy or
  • Expand the folder System Templates' | expand the folder 'Fragments' | right-click on <template name> | Copy

Create a new Template Fragment

Step

Action

See also

1

Using one of these methods, display the 'New Document Template' dialog.

Document Templates

2

In the 'New Template' field, type the name for the Template Fragment.

3

In the 'Template Type' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the 'Fragments' option.

4

In the 'Copy Template' field, click on the drop down arrow and select either:

  • 'None', to create an empty Template Fragment to develop from scratch, or
  • The name of an existing Template to act as a base

5

In the 'Template Group' field either:

  • Click on the drop-down arrow and select an existing group from the list, or
  • Type a name to generate a new template group, or
  • Leave this field blank, to not place the Template Fragment in a group

The Template Group determines the location of the Template Fragment in the Resources window.

Resources Window

6

Click on the OK button.

The Document Template Designer displays in the Diagram View.

Design Custom Document Templates

7

Define the contents of your Template Fragment; the actual steps you follow depend on the data source you want the Template Fragment to operate on:

  • Normal Document Template model data
  • Template Selector
  • Custom SQL
  • Custom Scripts
  • Document Script
  • Custom XML Script
How to Define a Document Script Fragment How to Define a Custom XML Script Fragment Design Custom Document Templates How to Define a Custom SQL Fragment How to Define a Custom Script Fragment How to Define a Template Selector Fragment

8

Once you have created the Template Fragment, you incorporate it into a normal template (or into an existing Template Fragment, if you prefer).

Adding Fragments to a Document Template

Notes

  • Custom Queries and the Custom template section can only be used in Template Fragments; they cannot be used in normal, full-document templates
  • As with normal document templates, Template Fragments can also be created and opened via the Resources window
  • Template Fragments in the Resources window are held in a Fragments folder in each of the 'Document Generation > System Templates' and 'Document Generation > User Templates' folders, and are indicated by a T symbol
  • If you have an existing template that you want to use as a Template Fragment, copy the template as the base of a new Fragment
  • Filtering operates only for the template in which it is set, and does not propagate through sub-templates/fragments; you can set filtering for each sub-template separately, in the Document Options for the sub-template
  • If you embed a Template Fragment within another Fragment, report generation from the parent template will be slower
  • If you have a column or node with the name EABOOKMARK, this will insert a document bookmark around the parent section in the 'Contents' panel

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