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Parse table into separate documents

Thu 1 Sep 2005, 04:53 PM



by Ben Langhinrichs
There was a post on the Gold forum where a person asked:<blockquote>I've got one document with a table (1000 rows) and I want to transfer this table into 1000 single documents. Each row one document. I get the table and the cells with a NotesRichTextNavigator. With normal text it is ok, but when I have a cell with an embedded image, I don't get the image.

If the cell has a doclink, I get the doclink with FindFirstElement(RTELEM_TYPE_DOCLINK), but how do I get an image?

Any ideas?</blockquote>Doug Cohen who works for SUNY (State University of New York) suggested that the person try our Midas Rich Text LSX.  He did, and I just wanted to share this code, which is the sample I created which does the job even more easily than I had thought.  The following code works even if (as I created in the sample) there are doclinks, images and nested tables.  Pretty good for 35 lines of code, wouldn't you agree.  I am putting this up as a sample database on our website tomorrow if anybody wants to try it out.  Look for the Parse Table sample.  Oh, and thanks to Doug Cohen!  We depend on people like Doug for word of mouth recommendations, and we appreciate them immensely when they are given publicly like this,

Sub Initialize
   ' *** Domino class objects
   Dim session As New NotesSession
   Dim db As NotesDatabase
   Dim doc As NotesDocument
   Dim newdoc As NotesDocument
   
   ' *** Midas class objects
   Dim rtitem As New GeniiRTItem
   Dim rtchunk As GeniiRTChunk
   Dim rtchunk2 As GeniiRTChunk
   
   Dim new_rtitem As New GeniiRTItem
   Dim new_rtchunk As GeniiRTChunk
   
   ' *** Cycle through each row on the rich text, creating a new document for each and then
   ' *** appending the chunk which is inside the table cell.
   Set db = session.CurrentDatabase
   Set doc = session.DocumentContext
   Call rtitem.ConnectBackend(doc.Handle, "Body", False)
   If rtitem.IsConnected Then
      Set rtchunk = rtitem.DefineChunk("Table 1; Row 1")
      While rtchunk.Exists
         Set rtchunk2 = rtchunk.DefineSubChunk("Inside Column 1")
         Set newdoc = New NotesDocument(db)
         newdoc.Form = "Example Form"
         Call new_rtitem.CreateBackend(newdoc.Handle, "Body")
         Set new_rtchunk = new_rtitem.DefineChunk("Everything")
         newdoc.Subject = doc.Subject(0) + " (contents of "+rtchunk.Definition+")"
         Call new_rtchunk.AppendRTChunk(rtchunk2)
         new_rtitem.Save
         rtchunk.GetNextTarget
      Wend 
   End If
End Sub

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What has been said:


360.1. Doug Cohen
(09/02/2005 07:46 AM)

You're welcome!

It just so happens that I just finished working on a project that makes heavy use of NotesRichTextTables. Since we are just using the tables to layout a report, all the cells are text based, however I did learn that tables are limited to 255 rows.