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. . . test source documents that I am currently developing.

Views: 2888 Created: 04/07/2012 06:55 pm Last Updated: 08/30/2013 11:53 am 0 Rating/ Voters

    You should always test your documents before releasing them to the end users in your office. Here are some testing hints and tips.

    Rule #1: As you are testing your documents, if you run across issues that you did not expect, copy the part of the document you really need to test and paste it into a separate screen. Run further tests there. Once you are satisfied, then run tests on the entire project.

    Here are some Pathagoras shortcuts you will want to know about

  • Alt-D activates Pathagoras' Instant Database (test to make sure that your variables are properly formed).
  • Alt-P issues a 'process' command to process the <<Options/Optional/Repeats>> and the {simple options} blocks. (When a Pathagorized document is assembled from the Clause Selection screen or from a DropDown List, Pathagoras will automatically 'process' the document. The Atp-P command 'fools' Pathagoras into thinking that you assembled the on-screen text. That way, you can test without actually 'assembling' the document.
  • Paint Markers: Directs Pathagoras to color your square brackets, angle brackets, curley braces, etc., so that they stand out and are easy to see. This command is available from the Pathagoras Features drop down list, beneath the 'Wizards & Assistants' element. It is also one of the default 'MyButtons' in the Quick Picks screens (Alt-Q).
  • Check Structure: Checks for marker balance (are there as many opening markers as closing markers) and directs Pathagoras to evaluate each Options/Optional/Repeat block to see if each comports with the construction rules. This command also is available from the Pathagoras Features drop down list, beneath the 'Wizards & Assistants' element. It is also one of the default 'MyButtons' in the Quick Picks screens (Alt-Q).
  •      And here are some common Word/Windows shortcuts that will make testing a bit smoother for you:

  • Ctrl-C=Copy highlighted text to the clip board.
  • Ctrl-N=Create a new document.  
  • Ctrl-V=Paste clipboard contents beginning at cursor position.