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  From the May 2012 Issue of Prestwood eMag
 
Paradox OPAL: Language Details:
Merge a Word Document with a Paradox table
 
Posted 16 years ago on 11/22/2002
Take Away: DDE is one of several techniques for merging a word document with a Paradox table.
 Tags: paradox , word , dde

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Q. How can I merge a Word Document with a Paradox table without using Expert (i.e. from a button in a Paradox Form)?

A. There are several techniques for doing this. You could use DDE (for example). With DDE I believe the application is Winword, the topic is the word document, and the items are the bookmarks within the document.
 


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Depends quite a bit on what you want to do.

If you're just looking to control a mail-merge, then DDE is probably the best way to go.

However, if you're looking to create a more sophisticated report using Word as a template, you might also consider using OpenOffice ODT format as an interim step. These are actually just zip files, so if you unzip them using ObjectPAL via a commandline utility, you can get at the text portion pretty easily.

This allows you to create a complex template in OpenOffice with characteristic field markers that you can can process and rewrite with the markers replaced with any fields or data you want.

Finally you rezip up the template as a new file which can be opened in Word or OpenOffice.

It sounds complicated, but it really isn't, and it does free you from the limitations of the Paradox reporting tool.

Posted 6 years ago
 
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