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What is Different?

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What is different in this VA CLE Manual and earlier versions?

    There are no substantive changes from earlier editions on account of Pathagoras. Technical and cosmetic changes have been made solely to promote and improve document assembly speed and function in a Pathagoras environment, but installation and use of Pathagoras with these forms is totally optional. All changes should be totally transparent for those who have become accustomed to earlier releases. The changes are:

a.  More named variables have been added, replacing the underscore characters that were previously used to mark the location of many variables. As in previous editions of VA CLE manuals, these variables still are denoted by plain-text within square brackets. (E.g., “[Client Name]”, “[Spouse Name]”.

b.  Earlier versions of this manual displayed alternative choices as successive bracketed terms.

The most common example of this is the appearance of the words “[City] [County]” in the first line of most pleading forms.

These terms are now set out within a single set of brackets, with a slash between the options. “[City] [County]” now reads “[City/County]”. This enables the use of Pathagoras’ multiple choice feature.

c.  ‘Optional text’ (text that you can leave in or delete as circumstances dictate) also was displayed in earlier versions between square brackets. Such optional text is now marked using ‘curly brackets.’ Doing so makes the optional text blocks  distinguishable from ‘variables’ discussed in the preceding paragraph.

d. Meaningful subjects have been inserted in the property field of each form. Now, in addition to each document's 8 character name, you will be able to see each form’s subject and, therefore, the purpose and intent of each form.

d. Certain documents may be found in the electronic version of the manual that do not exist in the written version. These are primarily documents that have been specially prepared as alternatives to one another. In almost every case, the difference is the focus of the 'party.' I.e., there is a ‘Plaintiffs’ version versus a ‘Defendants’ version. This will reduce the number of selections that have to be made from the document assembly screens.

Even more alternative documents will be added in later versions.

redarrowNote: You can create your own alternative documents by a simple “SaveAs” operation. Open the original document and make appropriate changes. "SaveAs" the new document, giving the new document an appropriate name that indicates the alternative use. Remember that the original document was composed using plain text, so no hidden coding is required. As soon as the new document is added to the folder, it will appear in the Clause Selection Screen the next time you display it.