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Chapter 16. Creating Dynamic Documents w... > Some Useful Custom Fields

Some Useful Custom Fields

Word includes a wasp's nest of fields, many of which have become outdated over the years and remain available only so documents created in older versions of Word will still work in Word 2000. These fields and their switches and settings comprise an entire programming language unto itself, buried inside Word, and completely separate from the language used in macros: Visual Basic for Applications.

Don't let the profusion of fields sway you. In general, if there's a way to accomplish your goal without using fields, that alternative is preferable. Many Word field codes are poorly documented, and you can expect to lose precious time trying to make them work properly. Although you can click the O ptions button on the Field dialog box to add some switches and settings, many options aren't listed at all, and interactions among options are complex and confusing. And because error messages are few and far between, debugging field codes is usually a tedious, repeated trial-and-error process.


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