I have a bunch of pages in a space that include references to things like client names. I want to be able to clone this space and have a means of updating the client name (amongst several other parameters) to some new value so that I can then commence working on documentation tailored to a specific client.
I can imagine a couple of ways of achieving this and this leaves my quite surprised that there is not a built-in feature or an obviously available plugin that will do what I want.
Is there a feature or plugin I am failing to see that can achieve this?
So if you define a space blueprint or create a new page with references to space properties using the Display Space Property Macro, the values for these properties will be resolved on request time on this page.
For instance, if you define a space property (with the Document Properties Marker Macro on the space home page) named "Customer" with a value of "Example Inc." then the Display Space Property Macro, referencing the "Customer" property, will render the value "Example Inc.". When you change the name for the customer, the macro will always render the current value.
For more information on dealing with space properties, please refer to Using Space Properties on our web site (which I'd recommend as an introduction to this topic ).
The projectdoc Toolbox plugin does a whole bunch of things, one of which is that it allows space and page level properties to be defined and used subsequently in other documents. This is precisely what I am after.
Having run a trial of this plugin it looks like it meets my needs and in fact I have now purchased it. As part of my solution I am also making use of the Copt Page Tree and Copy Space plugins.
I asked a few questions of the developers and quickly received a comprehensive response that included details of how to apply the tool in a couple of corner cases, so I am certainly pleased with their support and impressed by comprehensive capabilities of the plugin.
With our add-on Space Tree Creator you can achieve the functionality you are looking for. The add-on does a search&replace during the creation process. The variables (tags) are marked by special characters (__) within normal Confluence pages. You don't need any programming skills.
Check out our live examples: link
Marketplace Link: Space Tree Creator
It's not as nice as variables, but you could do this with user macros - you can easily write one that could say client:address, and have a long list of clients in a "case" type statement. Or, as I did for one place, have it based on the current space instead of a parameter (so you'd just say "client" and the macro would work it out from the space or other data somewhere)
The downside is that you'd need admin rights to edit the content, so it's not brilliantly flexible
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