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Adding new variable-sized, multi-value fields to Lotus Notes documents

Learn how to add new variable-sized, multi-value fields to Lotus Notes documents using this LotusScript code.

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When run against selected Lotus Notes documents in a view, this LotusScript code will insert a new variable-sized, multi-value field onto the documents. This is useful when you need a new field in a prototype Lotus Notes document, but don't want to recreate all of your test documents.

The new field will be created with the same number of elements as another field on the same Lotus Notes document. I used this mainly for the purpose of adding an additional field for document revision histories.

Sub Initialize
Dim s As New NotesSession
Dim db As NotesDatabase 
Dim collection As NotesDocumentCollection
Dim doc As NotesDocument
Dim edits As Variant, newField() As String
Dim n As Integer, docCount As Integer

Set db = s.CurrentDatabase
Set collection = db.unprocessedDocuments
Set doc = collection.GetFirstDocument
While Not doc Is Nothing
Redim newField(0)
docCount = docCount + 1
If doc.HasItem("OtherField") Then
If doc.OtherField(0) <> "" Then
edits = doc.GetItemValue("OtherField")
For n = 0 To Ubound(edits)
Redim Preserve newField(n)
newField(n) = "Initial value"
End If
End If
doc.NewField = newField
doc.Save True, False
Set doc = collection.GetNextDocument(doc)

Print "Processed " & docCount & " documents"
End Sub

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