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The Sara Sets Editor is made up of the following parts:


Current SaraSet

Located at the top left, this displays the name of the currently displayed SaraSet.



Use the ellipsis button to select another SaraSet, and save any changes made with the button representing a diskette.

Saras toolbar

Located above the list of Saras, in browse mode, this toolbar lets you add, delete, duplicate Saras or copy one or more Saras from another SaraSet, as well as activate/deactivate Saras and change the order in which they are applied.


Saras Toolbar in Browse Mode

Saras Toolbar in Browse Mode

Saras Toolbar in Edit Mode

Saras Toolbar in Edit Mode


In edit mode, only 2 buttons are active, one to confirm the changes made to the currently-selected Sara, and one to cancel these changes. Note that changes in Edit mode are saved to the currently-displayed list of Saras, but not yet to the corresponding SaraSet in the database. If you have made changes to the currently-displayed list of Saras, when you close the Saras Editor dialog, you will be asked if the changes should be saved to the database.

List of Saras and Separators

Located on the left, this lists the order in which Saras will be executed, and which ones will be omitted (the ones that are unchecked).

In addition to the lines that represent a SARA (checked or un-checked), you can add separators, using the Insert Separator and Rename Separator toolbar buttons. Although separators do not perform any action on the generated diary, they are useful to visually group SARAs, as shown in the above example.

Sara Definition

The Sara Definition section, occupying the right side of the Saras Editor, is used to define the attributes of the text that each Sara should search for and the attributes of the text it should be replaced with (including possible changes to paragraph and/or textbox attributes). All these options are covered in detail in the topic on sara definition.

Dialog buttons

The Dialog buttons are located at the bottom right of the Saras Editor, and will display a varying number of buttons, depending on the use made of the SaraSet; whether it applies to a diarygridline, or it applies to the entire output file or if the Sara is used in standalone mode.


At the top of the Sara Editor you will notice the fields Description, IN, and OUT. These fields are automatically generated by Q++Studio and cannot be modified. The value they contain may be needed to describe to technical support a sara which seems to be misbehaving. Most of the time you can safely ignore these fields.