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Filtering Low-level Information

CD records store the rich text definitions of form and subform design layouts. They are complex by nature. Making even a small change in the layout of a form can cause significant differences at the CD record level. From the CD Filter tab, you can filter out low-level information that is not significant in comparing two design elements or two documents, for example, differences that show up as a result of a simple form layout change.


Working with the CD Filter is an advanced option. Use the CD Filter only if you understand the internal structure of a design element.

The CD filter gets its initial settings from the Smart Filter. You can make changes in the filter for a single report as follows:

To filter CD records

To filter CD records in the report, select the Check here to select the composite records you want to include in the report check box.

Report Dialog

The list box on the left lists the following container types:

Container Type Description
CD Records A container for rich text such as $BODY
Navigators A container for navigators
Actions A container for actions on forms and views

The list box on the right lists all the CD records for the selected container type.

  • Click Show All to select every CD record for the selected container type.
  • Click Hide All to clear any selections for the selected container type.
  • Click Default to use Delta's default CD record selection for all container types.

The various types of CD records are defined in the HCL Lotus Notes C API manual. For most users, Delta's default settings are sufficient and you will not need to change them.


Keep in mind that the custom CD Filter selections you make are not saved. You must re-customize CD Filter the next time you create a report with Delta.

See Configuring the Smart Filter for information on how to use the CD Filter.


If you are customizing the CD record selection for only one container type, click Default before you begin. This sets up the default selection for all container types. You can then select the container you want to customize and proceed. If you click Default after you customize the selection for a container type, that container type's selection reverts to the default.