• Reference Guide

Document Sections

Every document contains information divided into several sections:
Main sections:
♦ Data section contains information constituting the actual contents of the document (tables, texts …)
♦ View section stores views. View is a logical arrangement of data according to a certain organization principle, such as filtering, grouping, joining of tables, etc. Suppose you have data containing a list of your customers. One example of a view is a subset of customers who have spent more than a defined amount of money over the last year. Another example is a subset of those who have an outstanding receivable, etc.
♦ Presentation contains user-defined presentations of data and views. Presentation is a particular specific arrangement of controls on the screen.
♦ Outputs section contains user-defined text outputs.
These sections correspond to the following definition sections, which determine the contents of the above sections:
These four sections reflect the structure of the first four sections. For example, if you add an item to the Data Type section, an item of the same name appears also in the Data section. The Data Type section is used to display and modify the item type whereas the Data section is used to display and modify its current value. The same analogy applies to all other pairs.
The following sections contain other specific data:
♦ Tools section contains a list of user-defined tools. A tool is a set of controls allowing you to perform further operations on currently edited data. An example of a built-in tool is the window used to modify text formatting in the text editor. Users can define their own tools. User-defined tools are displayed by the Tools menu.
♦ Definitions section allows you to create user-defined types, functions, constants, dispels, and handlers.
♦ Settings section comprises all general settings for the document, such as document type, code page for character encoding, page setup for output, list of styles for text formatting and display, etc.
♦ Information section contains general information about the document, such as the name of its author, keywords, comment, etc.
The contents of every section in the left pane can be expanded or collapsed using the box with a small + or – to the left of every section name. This allows you to arrange the list of sections in a convenient manner.
Most sections consist of a list of items. The items can be moved or copied within a section as well as between sections. The particular effect of copying between sections is described further on in the chapters on the respective sections. You can also select multiple items and copy, move, or remove the selected items together. You can remove items by the Delete key, by the button in the tool bar, or by the Edit|Delete menu command. You can rename every item using the context menu, which enables you to modify the contents of the item. You can also change the name there. This operation can be performed also in the section corresponding to the item type (for example, in the Data Type section for Data).
The context menus of the left pane items are specific for every section; the only options they have in common are those corresponding to the Edit menu.