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1 . . . exclude certain bracketed text from being seen as a variable?

Q. I really need certain text in my document to be surrounded by brackets, and don't want Pathagoras to treat it like a variable. Is there a way to tell Pathagoras to ignore that text? A. Yes. Simply put two asterisks inside the opening bracket. This tells…

2 Am I limited to just the choices listed in the multiple choice dropdown?

Nope. You can type in any value you want. Plus, if you want a 'blank' for the answer, there is always a blank line at the bottom of each multiple choice list. Speaking of 'blanks,' if a multiple choice variable demands a 'blank' answer, you can create one…

3 Automatic Paragraph Numbering

There are many articles and references on this topic on various sites across the Internet. I'll not repeat them here, but rather will provide links and references. An excellent, fully illustrated example has been prepared by Shauna Kelly, APN master (my title…

4 Can I use characters other than 'square brackets' to indicate variables?

You certainly may. Any one or two characters can be used. They should be characters that will not naturally appear in the document. So parentheses as in "(Client Name)" are not a good choice since parentheses appear so frequently in 'normal' text. For appearances…

5 Can my answer to an AskPrompt be used to set a value in my Instant Database?

AskOptions can definitely feed settings to IDB variables. When the answer to an AskPrompt is provided during processing of the Ask Table (this happens first after a document is called up), Pathagoras embeds the value of an AskOptions prompt as an internal…

6 Can Pathagoras 'ignore' a [variable]?

Q. Is there a way to have the program overlook bracketed phrases that I do not want to replace with a value. E.g., I want the following bracketed text 'Reserved'to remain in my document after I personalize it via the Instant Database: 2.1 Text text text 2.1…

7 Can Pathagoras tell me if I don't have the proper markups in my source text?

It can! There are several tools which can help as you are Pathagorizing your documents. These tools can make sure that your variable and optional text markers are 'in balance' and that all appropriate 'signals' are in place. Some of the tools are automatic…

8 Creating variables -- let me count the ways

There are many ways to insert variables into you documents, and to edit them once they are there. Here are a few techniques. These techniques are cumulative, not mutually exclusive. Mix and match as best meets your needs and comfort level. 1. Just type them…

9 Giving 'context' to variables

Q. I have a variable that I have labelled [Name] and multiple choice variable called [he/she/they]. In context, these variables make sense, but in the Instant Database listing they do not. Is there anyway to give context to the variables? A. Absolutely. Three…

10 How can I make sure that my pronouns are consistent for the same 'actor'?

Pathagoras has a very simple, easy to learn and implement, tool pronoun consistency throughout your document. Just assign what we call a 'groupname' to multiple choice variables that reference the same actor. All elements in your document that contain the…

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