Reapplying an updated authoring template

You can reapply changes made to an authoring template to the content items that have been created from the template.

Reapplying an authoring template is required when the following kinds of changes are made to the template:
Note: You cannot reapply an authoring template if you are currently editing the template. Before reapplying the template, you must save your changes or cancel out of edit mode.
  1. Display a list of authoring templates by clicking Authoring Template.
  2. Click the authoring template to open the template in read-only mode.
  3. Click Apply Authoring Template.
  4. Select any of the following options:
    • Add new elements: If the new authoring template contains elements that do not already exist in the content item, these elements are added to the converted content item.
    • Remove existing elements: If the content item contains elements that do not exist in the authoring template being applied, those elements are removed during the conversion.
    • Replace elements that have changed type (with auto data conversion): Replace elements in the content item with elements of the same name from the authoring template being applied. If the two elements are of different types, the data will be automatically converted to the new type. If the conversion fails. Any data stored in an element in the content item will be lost if replaced by an element of a different type.
    • Replace elements that have changed type (without auto data conversion): Replace elements in the content item with elements of the same name from the authoring template being applied. Any data stored in an element in the content item will be lost if replaced by an element of a different type.
    • Copy hidden element values from authoring template: Select this to include hidden element values from the authoring template when changing or reapplying an authoring template
    • Enter values for mandatory fields: This will copy default values from the authoring template to mandatory fields and elements in the content item that do not already have values.
    • Save invalid content: This forces invalid content to be saved. For example, if a text field containing ten characters is replaced with a text field with a maximum of eight characters, the old text will still be saved in the updated field.
    • Save content as draft: A draft content item will be created when the authoring template is applied.
  5. Click OK.