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4D Write Pro Interface

4D WritePro Interface offers a set of palettes, which allow end users to easily customize a 4D Write Pro document.

A 4D developer can easily implement these palettes in their application. Thus, end users can manage all 4D Write Pro properties, such as fonts, text alignment, bookmarks, table layout, and frames.

The main 4D Write Pro Interface documentation can be found in the 4D Design Reference manual.

You will find below the Table Wizard configuration documentation.

Table Wizard

The Table Wizard is here to further simplify table creation based on database data using contexts, data sources, and formulas.

The Table Wizard, accessible to end-users, loads templates provided and configured by 4D developers. This enables developers to customize the template according to the specific use cases and business requirements of the users.

The Table Wizard comes with default templates and themes, which developers can configure to adapt its content to match the specific requirements of the application.

To implement the Table Wizard in your application, the developers are able to create and configure template files.

WP Table Wizard interface

The user opens the Table Wizard dialog from the "Insert table" menu item in 4D Write Pro interface toolbar and sidebar.

From this interface, the user can select a template or a table from the first drop-down list and a theme from the second.

In Columns:

Depending on the user's selection of a template or a table, the user can view the list of fields stored in the template (Blob and object types are automatically excluded). They can then select columns to display in the table by checking the box in front of the field name and order them by moving and dragging the fields list.

In Rows:

In the Table Wizard, the user can also define the number of header rows and extra rows (0 to 5 each), set break rows (summary rows) above or below the data row, and choose to show/hide carry-over rows.

In Display:

The user adjusts the zoom level according to their preference by selecting the desired option from a drop-down list, uses radio buttons to display formulas or data for clear presentation, and chooses to display a horizontal ruler using a checkbox.

After finalizing the table creation and customization, the user can click on the Insert button to add the table to their WP document.

Once the table has been integrated into the document, the user can customize its style. The formatting tools of the toolbar and sidebar are still available.

WP Table Wizard template configuration

The templates configuration includes:

  • Defining tables and fields as well as preparing formulas adapted to the application from the template file.
  • Translating table, field, and formula names from the translation file.
  • Designing graphic styles and customized themes from the theme file.

These three types of files contribute to the configuration of the Table Wizard, and while each serves a distinct purpose, none of them are considered essential components.

Template files

The template file allows you to define the following:

  • the formula that returns an entity selection used as the table's data source,
  • the break formulas (if any break row can be inserted)
  • the dataclass attributes that can be used as table columns,
  • the formulas available as contextual menus inside break rows, carry-over row or extra rows.

In the current implementation (4D v20 R2), formulas in breaks, data sources and contextual menus do not support calls to the host database methods. This limitation will be removed in the next version.

The template file must be stored in a "Resources/4DWP_Wizard/Templates" folder within your project.

The template file in JSON format contains the following attributes:

tableDataSourceTextxFormula of table data source
colonnesCollectionxCollection of table columns
columns.checkTextxTrue when the column is already checked in the template editor. False when the column is unchecked in the template editor.
columns.headerTextxLabel shown to the user
ruptures/sautsCollectionCollection of break objects. The order of the breaks is important. It corresponds to the order in the document when the breaks are above the data lines.
breaks.labelTextxLabel shown to the user
breakFormulasCollectionCollection of formula objects applicable to break rows
breakFormulas.labelTextxLabel shown to the user
bcorFormulasCollectionCollection of formula objects applicable to bottom carry over rows
bcorFormulas.labelTextxLabel shown to the user
extraFormulasCollectionCollection of formula objects applicable to extra rows
extraFormulas.labelTextxLabel shown to the user
French language

If your application is likely to be run on a 4D with language set to French, make sure that you use tokens in your formulas so that they are correctly interpreted no matter the user's language configuration.


Here's a brief example of what your JSON file might look like:

"tableDataSource": "ds.People.all().orderBy(\" asc, continent asc, country asc, city asc\")",
"columns": [{
"check": true,
"header": "Firstname",
"source": "This.item.firstname"
}, {
"check": true,
"header": "Lastname",
"source": "This.item.lastname"
}, {
"check": true,
"header": "Salary",
"source": "String(This.item.salary;\"###,###.00\")"
"breaks": [{
"label": "Company",
"source": ""
"breakFormulas": [{
"label": "Company",
"source": ""
}, {
"label": "Sum of salaries",
"source": "String(This.breakItems.sum(\"salary\"); \"###,###.00\")"
"bcorFormulas": [{
"label": "Sum of salaries",
"source": "String(This.tableData.sum(\"salary\"); \"###,###.00\")"
"extraFormulas": [{
"label": "Sum of salaries",
"source": "String(This.tableData.sum(\"salary\"); \"###,###.00\")"

Translation files

Translation files translate the names of templates, themes, tables, fields, and formulas. These files are added to the "Resources/4DWP_Wizard/Translations" folder in your project.

Each translation file must be named with the corresponding language code (for example "en" for English or "fr" for French).

The translation file in JSON format contains the following attributes:

tablesCollectionCollection of translated table objects
fieldsCollectionCollection of translated field objects
formulasCollectionCollection of translated formula objects
fileNamesCollectionCollection of translated fileName objects (applicable to the theme and template name)

Whitin each one of these attribute, the translation object includes the following attributes:

originalTextxOriginal text intended for translation
translationTextxTranslated version of the original text

Defining these attributes within the translation object ensures proper organization and alignment between the source and translated content.

If the template name or the formula (break, carry-over row, or extra) exists in the translated file, its translation is applied in the Table Wizard. In addition, only the table defined within the translation file is displayed and translated.

The translation file serves an additional role when a user selects a table in the interface. It can filter the tables and fields proposed to the user. For example, to hide table IDs, this behavior is similar to the SET TABLE TITLES and SET FIELD TITLES commands.

"tables": [{
"original": "People",
"translation": "Personne"
"fields": [{
"original": "lastname",
"translation": "Nom"
}, {
"original": "firstname",
"translation": "Prénom"
}, {
"original": "salary",
"translation": "Salaire"
}, {
"original": "company",
"translation": "Société"
"formulas": [{
"original": "Sum of salary",
"translation": "Somme des salaires"

Theme files

A list of themes is provided by default in the 4D Write Pro Interface component, such as "Arial", "CourierNew" and "YuGothic", available in multiple variations like "Blue" and "Green". However, you can create your own theme by placing it in the "Resources/4DWP_Wizard/Themes" folder within your project.

The theme file in JSON format contains the following attributes:

defaultObjectObject containing the default style applicable to all rows.
tableObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the table.
rowsObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to all rows.
cellsObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to all cells.
header1ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the first header row.
header2ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the second header row.
header3ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the third header row.
header4ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the fourth header row.
header5ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the fifth header row.
headersObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the header rows, if a specific header (like header1, header2...) is not defined.
dataObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the repeated data row.
break1ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the first break row.
break2ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the second break row.
break3ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the third break row.
break4ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the fourth break row.
break5ObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the fifth break row.
ruptures/sautsObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the break rows, if a specific break (like break1, break2...) is not defined.
bcorObjectObject containing the style definition applicable to the bottom carry-over row.

For every attribute used in your JSON file (header, data, carry-over, summary, and extra rows), you can define the following WP attributes, mentionned with their corresponding WP constant:

WP attributesCorresponding WP constant
textAlignwk text align
backgroundColorwk background color
borderColorwk border color
borderStylewk border style
borderWidthwk border width
fontwk font
colorwk font color
fontFamilywk font family
fontSizewk font size
paddingwk padding
"default": {
"backgroundColor": "#F0F0F0",
"borderColor": "#101010",
"borderStyle": 1,
"borderWidth": "0.5pt",
"font": "Times New Roman",
"color": "#101010",
"fontFamily": "Times New Roman",
"fontSize": "7pt",
"padding": "2pt"
"table": {
"backgroundColor": "#E1EAF3"
"header1": {
"textAlign": 2,
"borderColor": "#41548F",
"borderWidth": "1.5pt",
"backgroundColor": "#979BA9",
"color": "#F4F4FF",
"font": "Times New Roman Bold"
"data": {
"fontSize": "13pt",
"textAlign": 0
"break1": {
"textAlign": 2,
"fontSize": "15pt"

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