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Use Style Sheet Styles

A style is a collection of formats that define the appearance of a document object, such as a paragraph, table, or list. You can define and name styles in templates and then assign the names to paragraphs, tables, and other document elements in your report program. The style determines how the document object renders in the output.

In a Word template, you can define styles and save styles that belong together in a style sheet (also called a style set). In an HTML template, you define styles in a cascading style sheet (CSS) file. You define styles for PDF documents in a CSS file, using a subset of CSS. See Modify Styles in PDF Templates.

You can apply style sheet styles to document objects using the StyleName property in your report program using this workflow.

  1. In the template you are using with the report, define or modify styles.

  2. In a DOM report, create a Document object that uses the template that contains your styles.

  3. For the objects that you want to format with your styles, set the StyleName property to match the name of the style in the template.

For example, this code assigns a style named Warning to a paragraph object. It assumes that you have defined the Warning style in a Word template named MyTemplate.dotx. Assigning the Warning style to the DOM paragraph object applies the Warning style in the template to the paragraph when you generate the report.

d = Document('MyDoc','docx','MyTemplate');
p = Paragraph('Use care when unplugging this device.');
p.StyleName = 'Warning';


Some document object constructors allow you to specify the value of the StyleName property as an argument. For example, this paragraph applies the style Warning to the paragraph containing the specified text.

p = Paragraph('Use care when unplugging this device','Warning');

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