Send variables to a plugin variation

I have multiple variations that perform very similar tasks

  • insert firstname
  • insert lastname

Is there a way to reuse the same code, passing a variable to the variation? Something similar to:

  • url: “insert.html?type=firstname”
  • url: “insert.html?type=lastname”

How do I pass the type to the JS code?

Hello @str
Please provide us with details on desired final goal. Do you mean that request contains an external link to the data with firstname/lastname parameters? If it’s possible, please describe it in detail.

OK, so I have a variant with url: insert_firstname.html, and the code is:

this.callCommand(function() {
    var oDocument = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph = Api.CreateParagraph();
    oParagraph.AddText("«Firstname»");
    oDocument.InsertContent([oParagraph]);
}, true);

Then I have another variant with url: insert_lastname.html, and the code is:

this.callCommand(function() {
    var oDocument = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph = Api.CreateParagraph();
    oParagraph.AddText("«Lastname»");
    oDocument.InsertContent([oParagraph]);
}, true);

I come from a backend background, and usually, this would be solved by having a single variant, and just pass witch text to add as a variable. Something like defining the variants in the config file like this:

  • url: “insert.html?type=firstname”
  • url: “insert.html?type=lastname”

And in the code, in the variant HTML we would have something like:

this.callCommand(function() {
    var oDocument  = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph = Api.CreateParagraph();
    var type       = Somehow.Plugin.GetParam('type');
    oParagraph.AddText("« ' + type +'»");
    oDocument.InsertContent([oParagraph]);
}, true);

Sorry for the late reply. I am still thinking that I misunderstand the entire scenario. Are all actions performed in the single file? If so, I was able to achieve it like this:

(function() {
    var oDocument = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph = Api.CreateParagraph();
    oParagraph.AddText("Peter");
    oDocument.InsertContent([oParagraph]);
    var text1 = "Peter";
    
    var oDocument2 = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph2 = Api.CreateParagraph();
    oParagraph2.AddText("Parker");
    oDocument2.InsertContent([oParagraph2]);
    var text2 = "Parker"; 
    
    var oDocument3 = Api.GetDocument();
    var oParagraph3 = Api.CreateParagraph();
    oParagraph3.AddText(text1 + " " + text2); 
    oDocument3.InsertContent([oParagraph3]);
})();

Please let me know if I misunderstood the request.

Thank you @Alexandre let me see if an image helps me explain my case: I want the user to be able to insert different placeholders in the document:

The “variations” allow me to have a menu from where the user can pick one of different placeholders to insert. If I copy and paste the same 2 files (insert_firstname.html, insert_firstname.js) and paste them for each placeholder (lastname, address, suburb, state, postcode) I will end with 12 files with very little differences.

Would it be possible to pass a variable around, from the plugin config file, so that the variation can point to the same htm/js files and load that variable?

Hello @str
Thank you for the description, we are looking into it. I will update this thread once we have something to share.