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06/18/2010

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With content controls, the only issue above that I've run into is number 1 (difficulty to move out of a text content control). While it is annoying, I'm gradually becoming used to using the arrow keys to exit them.

2: Using the "Delete Tag" option in the AutoTag menu will cleanly remove the entire tag. Slight inconvenience.

3 & 4: I actually find the content controls easier to select and move. Since the entire control highlights when you mouse over it, I know exactly what I'm about to select. Once selected you can click and drag the control to move it, just like normal text in Office.

In my opinion, I think that the advantage of being easier to select and move the tags outweighs the disadvantage of getting out of a content control back into the document.

I am fine with either one, but I do want to see charts as charts, and pictures as pictures, instead of as text tags, so for those, I think stick with content controls.

I tend to agree with you on the content controls being more difficult to manipulate in the template. I also think that the ability to see chart and import tags rendered in the report is a great advantage, especially when you demand fine control of the layout of your template.

I would also like to bring to your attention a strategy I often use, the convert tags option. You can work in fields mode if it is more efficient for you but when you are finished, you can then convert to content controls and this will allow you to manipulate layout. The only improvement I would like to see is a main button in the GUI to make the switch and convert with one click.

Again as referenced above, not an ideal solution but it is what has been working for me.


I have similar issues with the content control tag type, although, I can't get autotag to "unfocus" from the current tag even with the arrow keys. This is different than the tag simply being highlighted on the screen however. If I open a new document and on line 1 create an tag, I can get it to unhighlight by using the arrow keys, however, autotag still maintains "focus" on the tag (can still see the contents in the select bar, and can't create a new tag). To get around this, I have to arrow over until the tag is not highlighted, insert a space, insert the new tag with the space between the new and old tag, and then delete the space.

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