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Link and EndLink Tags


Suppose you want a piece of content, such as an image or a bit of text, to contain a link to a website. If the URL is static (ie. doesn't change), you can simply create the hyperlink in the template via the appropriate Word, Excel or PowerPoint command.

But what if the URL is stored in your data source and is dynamic? You need a way to call upon that up-to-date URL when the report is generated without having to manually check the link each time.

This is where the link tag comes in handy. The link tag tells the report that when the template is run to go to the data source, grab the desired URL, and insert the link into the report. To use the link tag, you simply put the link tag before and the endLink tag after the content to be linked.

The template might contain something like this:

<link tag> <Windward Reports> <endLink tag>

and the report viewer could click on the phrase "Windward Reports" to go to the Windward Website.

Things to remember:

  • If you have a link tag, you must have a corresponding endLink tag.

  • Link tags cannot be overlapped or nested. In other words, you cannot have a link within a link; a piece of content can be associated with at most one link.

Click for the Link Tag Reference.

To view more examples and tutorials, see our Link Tag Tutorial.

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