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This article describes a method that allows all data from a data file or variables document to be extracted into a DisplayWrite program output document using the Merge function of the DisplayWrite program.
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Merging All Records From a Data File Into a Single DOCUMENT
This article describes a method that allows all data from a data file or
variables document to be extracted into a DisplayWrite program output document
using the Merge function of the DisplayWrite program.
The conventional use of the variable control in the DisplayWrite program has
been the generation of form letters. That is, a shell document is created of the
This is combined with variable data either from a data file of a variables
document to produce an output letter for each data record or variables document
However, this function does not allow the data from all the records or
variables document pages to be collected into a single output document.
This can be accomplished with the "Begin Repeat" and "End Repeat"
controls. The function of these controls is demonstrated in the following
example: Consider a shell document of the form:
When this document is merged, the variables between the repeat controls
are repeatedly resolved, for a single output document, for each record in the data
file or variables document page as long as the conditions are satisfied. This
allows the records or variables document pages to be consolidated into a single
Variables that are not contained with the begin/end repeat sequence are
handled in the same usual DisplayWrite method.
The user interface that solicits the information needed by the begin repeat...