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    6 comments  ·  Windward Beta Program » AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Reporter,

    We have reviewed this request and I am happy to announce that it has been accepted for development! I will update this ticket again when I have any new information on when this functionality is planned for release. Thank you for your idea, and please submit any other suggestions you have to improve our products!

    Adam Austin
    Product Manager

    Brent R. commented  · 

    Matthew -- we use a similar method to output HTML-formatted text that comes directly from data and briefly discussed doing this also with params as you described, but we won't ask our users to add HTML tags to get line breaks and have a different approach within our solution. But it's good for others to know this workaround until this idea is implemented. :)

    Brent R. commented  · 

    They would be input parameters, yes. Ideal workflow would be to set a default block of multi-paragraph text that the user could then customize as s/he sees fit (or replace altogether). The user would be able to see several lines of text and expand the box as needed (using existing web browser capabilities) to see more if needed. This is a common request from our customers, and we have to use other functionality in our own application to work around it, which means we end up not using the Windward input parameters at all so as to not split up where they're entering data.

    Brent R. commented  · 

    Just a quick comment that 3.5 years later, this is still an issue I'm having to work around as recently as today for a new customer. It's embarrassing to say that we still aren't able to support multi-paragraph text variables. :(

    In answer to your question, Adam, the text is plain text. Line breaks in the text returned could be via the newline character as you mentioned, as long as the user doesn't need to manually type \n.

    Brent R. commented  · 

    I should have said that this isn't possible without multiple variables, one per paragraph, which isn't an acceptable solution for my users.

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    Hello Brent!

    I am trying to understand your feature request and understand how this differs from our current functionality offered by import tags. One approach I just tried on my machine was to make input parameters that correlate to each of the sub-documents in the output. The user can specify which sub-reports they want in their full report. I wrapped import tags that output sub-templates in an If tag so that the import tag only outputs the pages the user desires. This allows my report to output any combination of cover page, cover letter, report summary, and report details that the user defines. The final output report maintained the headers and footers of the master template that had the import tags, and I imagine this would be the case with other sorts of formatting as well: the master templates styles would be maintained while child report styles might get overwritten.

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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Windward Beta Program » AutoTag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Brent R. commented  · 

    Thanks, Adam. We're already using toISOString, as mentioned in the first sentence of my suggestion. As long as we can guarantee with 100% certainty that all of our developers and our customers' developers will always and only output dates in ISO format, we're solid.

    FWIW, it's a bit surprising (and disappointing) that you're okay with AutoTag's lack of support for other standard date formats, which itself causes errors, and won't add something that at the very least is able to parse a standard date string. Wasn't suggesting you should support every possible variation out there, but it doesn't seem (from my end, at least) that it would add a huge amount of overhead and risk to support the output of the toDateString method, which is equally as predictable and consistent as toISOString. But what do I know? Thanks again.

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