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syeshinbefd53e2005-07-27 18:16:40 +000027<h1 class="topictitle1">Working with XML templates</h1>
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kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000032<div><p>XML content assist provides a comment template, a section of predefined
kpriceef160682006-08-29 18:08:31 +000033code that you can insert into a file. You may find a template useful when
34you have a certain piece of code you want to reuse several times, and you
35do not want to write it out every time.</p>
37<div class="section"><p>You can use a default template as provided, customize that template,
38or create your own templates.</p>
kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000039<p>For example, you can work on a group of
40XML pages that should all contain a table with a specific appearance. Create
41a template that contains the tags for that table, including the appropriate
kpriceef160682006-08-29 18:08:31 +000042attributes and attribute values for each tag. (You can copy and paste the
43tags from a structured text editor into the template's <span class="uicontrol">Pattern</span> field.)
44Then select the name of the template from a content assist proposal list whenever
kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000045you want to insert your custom table into an XML file.</p>
46<p>To create a new
47XML template, complete the following steps:</p>
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51<li class="stepexpand"><span>Click <span class="menucascade"><span class="uicontrol">Window</span> &gt; <span class="uicontrol">Preferences</span>
kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000052</span> and select <span class="menucascade"><span class="uicontrol">XML</span> &gt; <span class="uicontrol">XML
53Files</span> &gt; <span class="uicontrol">Templates</span></span>.</span></li>
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55<li class="stepexpand"><span>Click <span class="uicontrol">New</span> if you want to create a completely
syeshinbefd53e2005-07-27 18:16:40 +000056new template.</span></li>
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58<li class="stepexpand"><span>Supply a new template <span class="uicontrol">Name</span> and <span class="uicontrol">Description</span>.</span>
61<li class="stepexpand"><span>Specify the <span class="uicontrol">Context</span> for the template.</span>
62 This is the context in which the template is available in the proposal
syeshinbefd53e2005-07-27 18:16:40 +000063list when content assist is requested. </li>
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65<li class="stepexpand"><span>Specify the <span class="uicontrol">Pattern</span> for your template using
syeshind0bdb8e2005-10-27 17:44:14 +000066the appropriate tags, attributes, or attribute values to be inserted by content
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69<li class="stepexpand"><span>If you want to insert a variable, click the <span class="uicontrol">Insert Variable</span> button
70and select the variable to be inserted. </span> For example, the <strong>date</strong> variable
71indicates the current date will be inserted. </li>
kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000073<li class="stepexpand"><span>Click <span class="uicontrol">OK</span> and then <span class="uicontrol">Apply</span> to
syeshinbefd53e2005-07-27 18:16:40 +000074save your changes.</span></li>
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78<div class="section">You can edit, remove, import, or export a template by using the same
79preferences page. If you have modified a default template, you can restore
syeshinbefd53e2005-07-27 18:16:40 +000080it to its default value. You can also restore a removed template if you have
81not exited from the workbench since it was removed. <p>If you have a template
kpriceef160682006-08-29 18:08:31 +000082that you do not want to remove but you no longer want it to appear in the
kpriceb59c9f62008-04-02 21:24:37 +000083content assist list, clear its check box in the table on the Templates preferences
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syeshind0bdb8e2005-10-27 17:44:14 +000089<div><div class="reltasks"><strong>Related tasks</strong><br />
90<div><a href="../topics/txedtsrc.html" title="You can use the Source view to view and work with a file's source code directly.">Editing in the Source view</a></div>
91<div><a href="../topics/twcdast.html" title="You can use content assist to help you finish a tag or line of code in the Source view of the XML editor. You can also use content assist to insert templates into your XML code.">Using XML content assist</a></div>
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