Enterprise Architect provides a wide range of document templates that enable you to define the format and structure of your reports and documents. A big advantage of these templates is that you can re-use them for different instances of the same document or for different documents, helping you to implement document standards across the organization, and maintain consistency of style, format and presentation in your document library. For example, it might be part of your project methodology to create a 'Concept of Operation' document at the start of a project, and the same template could be used for a number of projects.
Two types of template can be used with Custom Documents:
- Linked Document templates - these templates apply to the Static content and control the main structure of the document, including title page, table of contents and headings and styles; for example, a 'Concept of Operation' template
- Document Generation templates - these templates can be applied to the Dynamic content you insert from the Browser window, and are typically specific to a particular style of presentation; for example, listing Requirements and their properties in a table, or showing a diagram with a list of the elements that it contains
Productivity gains can be achieved by using a Corporate template for a document type; for example a 'System Requirements Specification' or a 'Solution Architecture Document' with appropriate styles, tables of content and boiler plate text. Enterprise Architect provides a large number of system (built-in) Linked Document templates and Document Generation templates to use, but you can also copy and modify the system templates or create entirely new templates to address particular organization, project or team standards. You can achieve this using the built-in template editor, for Linked Document templates, Document Generation Templates and Template Fragments.