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Create Multi-Choice *List* variables on the fly

Views: 4088 Created: 05/19/2012 04:21 pm Last Updated: 08/30/2013 05:23 pm 0 Rating/ Voters

MultiChoice *List* variables are those multichoice variables that you reference via an *alias* within variable brackets and asterisks.

Think of the variable [*States*], where the alias 'States' represents a selectable listing of all 50 United States of America.

You can add MultiChoice aliases and their associated lists through the MultiChoice *List* screen. (Pathagoras Features list | Editing Tools | Multi-Choice *List* | Edit/Add).

But you can take advantage of Pathagoras' error-detecting function and do it on the fly. If Pathagoras does not recognize a Multi-Choice [*alias*] in a document during a 'scan' session, it will stop and advise you of its 'confusion'. Pathagoras will ask if you want to continue or if you want to create a *List* for that alias.

So, you can take advantage of that feature by intentionally creating a non-existing alias in your document. You do so fully intending to create the *List* during the very first time that document is scanned for variables. 

Whether intentional or accidental, Pathagoras will ask you for the values that you want the alias to reflect. Simply type in your list on the fly and you are done.