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DocumentTemplate allows you to use ODT and DOCX files as templates for rendering reports or letters.

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DocumentTemplate allows you to use Open Document Text (ODT) and Microsoft Word (docx) files as templates for rendering reports or letters.
Templates can be visually composed in LibreOffice or Microsoft Word
It use special semantics to render files.


  1. Import DocumentTemplate.xml.

  2. Set up command for zip and unzip in ^DocumentTemplateSettings("zipCommand") and ^DocumentTemplateSettings("unzipCommand") respectively. Command must contain $Directory and $Fullfilename strings. Program will replace them with actual directory and archive filename.
    For example, on Linux you can use zip and unzip:

set ^DocumentTemplateSettings("zipCommand")="zip -r -u -q $Fullfilename ./*"
set ^DocumentTemplateSettings("unzipCommand")="unzip -u -q -d $Directory  $Fullfilename "

On Windows 7-zip:

set ^DocumentTemplateSettings("zipCommand")="""C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe"" a -y $Fullfilename $Directory\*"
set ^DocumentTemplateSettings("unzipCommand")="""C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe"" x -y -o$Directory $Fullfilename"
  1. Set up working directory in ^DocumentTemplateSettings(“workingDirectory”), where template documents will be unpacked for rendering. By default the directory ^%SYS(“TempDir”) will be used.

  2. Run tests to ensure everything works fine:

do ##class(DocumentTemplate.Test).RunAllTests("<path-to-project-dir>\TestDocs")

Rendered test documents you will find in working directory.

Installing with ZPM

  1. install/run ZPM
  2. install document-template package:
zpm: USER>install document-template

Installing with Docker

  1. Build and start the container
$ docker-compose -f "docker-compose.yml" up -d --build

Dockerfile will install zip/unzip into ubuntu container and setup zip and unzip variables.
It also sets the working directory as “/Results” in source folder

  1. Open IRIS terminal in container
docker-compose exec iris iris session iris
  1. Run tests:
USER>do ##class(DocumentTemplate.Test).RunAllTests("/iris/app/TestDocs") 

Collect the results in /Results folder.

Rendering a template

  1. Create a template in Libre or Microsoft Word.
  2. Write Method or procedure, which declare all variables in template. Method must be declared with [ProcedureBlock = 0] keyword.
  3. In method use the command to render document:
    set error =  ##class(DocumentTemplate.DocumentTemplate).RenderDocumentFromTemplate("<full-path-to-your-template>","<full-path-to-your-rendered-document>")

if error=”” than no errors occured.

DocumentTemplate class allows you to store templates in database.
Load template in database:

do ##class(DocumentTemplate.DocumentTemplate).LoadDocument("<full-path-to-your-template>", "nameOfTemplate1.docx")

To render loaded template:

set error =  ##class(DocumentTemplate.DocumentTemplate).RenderDocument("nameOfTemplate1.docx","<full-path-to-your-rendered-document>")


ClassMethod TestSimpleTextSubstitution() [ ProcedureBlock = 0 ]
	set header = "Somehting on the top"
	set footer1 = "I'm in the left bottom"
	set footer2 = "I'm in the middle"
	set footer3 = "I'm in the right corner"
	set title = "Simple example of text substitution"
	set a = "center of the page"
	set b = "String width are matter"
set error =  ##class(DocumentTemplate.DocumentTemplate).RenderDocumentFromTemplate(&quot;/tmp/SimpleTextSubstitution.odt&quot;, &quot;/tmp/renderedDocument.odt&quot;)


Composing Templates

Templates are simple ODT or DOCX documents. You can create them using LibreOffice or Microsoft Word.
The style of rendered part will be the same style as style of first curly brace in tag.

Printing variables and expressions

To print a varible or expression  type a double curly braces enclosing the variable:

Iteration over subscripted variable

DocumentTemplate can repeat parts of the template (rows of table, paragraphs, simple words) using subscripted variables. Example of using order tag:
{% order array index %}
	Index is {{index}}. Arrya(index) = {{ array(index) }}
{% endorder %}

The programm will create 'index' variable for iteration. 'array' must be declared in your function.
For more examples see:
- TestDocs\ListAndTable.odt
- TestDocs\OrderTableRows.odt
- TestDocs\OrderTableRows.odt
- TestDocs\NestedOrder.odt

if block

The {% if %} tag evaluates expression, and if that expression is “true”  the contents of the block are output:
{% if a=0 %}
	If variable a equals to ziro. You wll never see this string.
{% endif %}

Examples of using if tag:
- TestDocs\IfParagraph.odt
- TestDocs\IfRows.odt
- TestDocs\NestedOrderIf.odt

Declaring variable inside the template

You can declare a variable in your template using {% set %} tag: 
	{% set rowCounter=0 %}

Examples of using set tag:
- TestDocs\RowCounter.odt
- TestDocs\ThreeDigits.odt


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the https://github.com/azenkov1991/DocumentTemplate/blob/master/LICENSE.txt file for details

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