Aliases allow values to be replaced with another value, an alias. The aliases are stored in files inside the company folder.
There is a global file called Aliases.dat and custom files can be added with the convention of <Name>Aliases.dat. For example: Mat2packAliases.dat.
An alias is made up of
- Expression – what is being mapped to. This can contain the wild card character ‘*’ to represent zero or more characters.
- Text – the value being returned if the expression is matched.
Expression = “*ground*”
Text = “GF”
This would match the following “01-Wall Frame\00-Ground Floor” and “GF” would be the result.
This is implemented inside the formatting as an Alias string function.
e.g. Assuming the global aliases are being used:
@(GroupName:A) would look for an alias of the group name.
To use a custom alias file a parameter is specified.
For example: using the custom “Test” alias (file name is TestAliases.dat)
Alias Manager is also being used in the document hsbCLT | How to display the surface quality of a panel in BVX