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DEV2003 #2 - Rich Text Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Thanks to those who attended. This was a very good session, although very different for me than the somewhat similar session at Lotusphere. The attendees were very, very focused, and I think (hope) got a lot out of an extended presentation with quite a bit more material. I would appreciate any feedback either for those in Germany who were able to attend the session and others who have a chance to read the slides and try out the demo databases.

If you were not able to be at Developer 2003, you missed a very impressive conference. It was a small conference (fewer than 100 people), but the people were excited and asked great questions and the ninety minute sessions (longer than some conferences, including Lotusphere) felt barely long enough.

The demo database here does not require any third party products. I also showed the Valid Links sample which I have included on the page for the other presentation I did at Developer 2003, which included much of the content from BP103 at Lotusphere, along with some significant new content on Tips and Tricks and some new and modified demos. Also, click here to see some of the presentations made by Penumbra Group members recently.

Please note that if you don't have the Midas Rich Text LSX and would like to try out the demos, you should request an evaluation license.

Presentation Slides & Main Demo DB
DEV03_RT.ZIP presentation
D2003_2.ZIPmain demo db

Business Situation #1) Valid Links

Business Problem: A company has thousands of links in documents created over a period of years, and no easy way to determine which are still valid.

Rich text solution: Use the ND6 rich text classes to follow links and create a report

Business Situation #2) Parsing Documents

Business Problem: A compound document needs to be broken up into its component parts and each made into separate documnt.

Rich text solution: Use the Midas classes to parse rich text and separate out the components

Business Situation #3) Text Templates ("Mail Merge")

Business Problem: A standard template of formatted information is prepared, and keywords or tags need to be found and replaced.

Rich text solution: Use R5 RenderToRTItem or ND6 FindAndReplace or the Midas classes to search and replace delimited tags

Business Situation #4) Cross Referencing

Business Problem: You have documents with large amounts of text and want to provide cross reference links to associated information, glossary terms and contacts.

Rich text solution: Use the Midas classes to perform automatic context cross-referencing

Business Situation #5) Purchase Orders

Business Problem: Need for dynamic structured data, such as line items on a purchase order.

Rich text solution: Use the Midas classes or ND6 classes to create and manipulate dynamic table.

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