Month: September 2013

Document Layouts and Multi-Section Documents

For large tariffs that are managed in pieces (as either sections or sheets), TariffShark provides Document Layouts, Header Templates, and Footer Templates. ¬†Document Layouts help ensure that the pieces of a large tariff have a consistent “look and feel” by, for example, applying a consistent font, page margins, and paragraph spacing. ¬†With Header and Footer Templates, TariffShark automatically builds the headers and footers of your tariff sections or sheets, thereby allowing you to focus on the substantive content of your tariffs.

Our customers love these capabilities, but they don’t come without limits. For one, when using Header and/or Footer Templates, the underlying Microsoft Word document must contain only a single section. When tariff documents contain multiple sections, it is often so that the page orientation may be switched between portrait and landscape within the same document. Though TariffShark is unable to accurately apply headers and footers in a multi-section document, there are ways to work with such documents.

Option #1 – Decompose

If a tariff document is complex enough to switch between page orientations, consider breaking the document into smaller pieces. Instead of filing a tariff record as a large, complex document, it could be broken into multiple tariff records, each of which contains content that is only portrait or landscape.

Option #2 – Don’t Use Document Layouts, Header Templates, or Footer Templates

TariffShark offers great control over when Document Layouts, Header Templates, and Footer Templates are applied to the pieces of a tariff. If a piece of your tariff must be represented by a multi-section document, you can turn off Document Layouts, Header Templates, and Footer Templates for that tariff record, thus giving you total control over all aspects of the document, including the headers and footers within.

If you want to learn more about Document Layouts, Header Templates, and Footer Templates, contact TariffShark Support.