Best Practices for building RPE Template – Part 1

It is important to build RPE template by following standard guidelines so that it would help greatly in maintaining the template for longer time. I’ll not target any specific data source here. These are general guidelines that could be followed while building or updating RPE template.


General Guidelines

  • Have separate templates for title, contents, end game so that some of them could be reused across document specifications. Include multiple templates in a single document specification (dsx) for document generation.
    • Whenever possible, use style sheet (word template) for title page instead of building it within RPE template. You could use the style sheet for Word and PDF output formats in document specification.
  • Keep templates small so that it can be managed easily for longer time.
  • Use notes (text) file to store various examples URLs. These will act as quick help while looking for data source and schema URLs. The same goes for JavaScript codes.

Part 2 – Template creation guidelines



Author: Kumaraswamy M

Kumar is an architect for Rational Publishing Engine. He has been with the product for more than 4 years and has been involved in many releases of RPE. His expertise are in Web application development and API design. He loves going on a long ride on bike and conquering peaks during weekend treks.

4 thoughts on “Best Practices for building RPE Template – Part 1”

  1. I cant seem to be able to print out two side by side tables in word from RPE. Does RPE support two side by side tables?

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