The Print Templates table is a background table that holds a record for each print template used by the Contracts table or other system tables. It also keeps track of the Version Number of the attached print template document, and defines which Contract Types can use the print template in the Available for Contract Types field.
Print Templates can be created and edited by admins and Contract Managers. The ID, Title, Template File, and Version Number fields are pulled into the Contracts table as a link to selected fields from another table. These are filtered to print templates whose Available for Contract Types field contains the Contract Type selected in the current Contract record. If multiple print templates are available for a Contract Type, the default value for the Print Template to Generate in the Contract is matched to the Default Print Template Title and Print Template File fields of the selected Contract Type.
An abbreviation field is used in the resulting file name, so it is useful to populate any new print templates with a reasonable abbreviation.
Print templates may include field variables from the table on which the template is run, as well as from any table in the system. For instance, a template might have the text
$contract_start_date in the place where the start date of the contract should appear.
It may also pull in clauses from the clause library without creating a link to that clause within the contract. A special syntax is used for fields and records that do not live in the main table from which the template is run:
$field_from_other_table(clause,41,clause_text)is used to indicate that the Clause Text field, or
clause_text, for record with ID 41 in the Clause table should be inserted into the print template at this position.
There are several ways to insert conditions into a print template to use alternative text or alternative values. These are described in the Print Template Syntax Reference. It is common to have print templates with optional or conditional sections that may or may not appear when the template is run, based on meta data in the contract.
If the print template is using HTML text fields either from the contract, or from clauses in the clause library, and you need section numbering with the contract, there are some special challenges with deciding what kind of numbering methodology to use. Auto-numbering can be used within the HTML clause field itself, within the template, or within the style used in the conversion.
In the standard implementation, we have examples of three kinds of numbering methods. These are managed in the following Print Templates:
For more information on how these print templates interact with a clause library, please read the Clause Library Table section.
Print Template records are owned by their creator. Specifically, a Print Template record is owned by the user whose Login matches the Creator Login field.