Hi, Michael. The reason that the document names are not inserted with the content is that document names are metadata. Perhaps in the future a procedure could be developed to insert those document names. But in the workflow I’ll describe below, I don’t want them to be automatically inserted into the content.
I don’t know if this is helpful, but I’ll describe how I build articles or reports from drafts I’ve written in my database.
First, I use Data > Merge to construct a longer piece from bits and snippets of drafts. For example, I may have a group for a series of drafts that make up Section 3 of an article or report. I give that group the Section number and title as its name. The group contains the “pieces” of the section content and I’ll drag them into proper order after setting View > Sort to Unsorted in a Three-panes view of that group.
When I’m satisfied that the content parts of a section have been fleshed out and arranged in proper order, I’ll copy the group name – e.g., Section 3: xxxx xxxx – into the first line of text in the first document inside the group, and bold it. If I want subsection headings I’ll do the same to other documents inside the group, i.e., enter the subsection headings in the content.
Now I’ll select all the documents in that group and choose Data > Merge. Result: I’ve assembled them in the desired order. Now I’ve got a single document for that section and the content includes the section title (and any subsection titles).
With this procedure I appreciate the fact that all the names of bits and pieces do not show up in the assembled section document. For they would be irrelevant and I would have to edit them out.
I’ll do the same for other segments of my article or report. I’ll have groups corresponding, e.g., to Introduction, several Sections and perhaps a final Summary and Conclusions. When the parts have been assembled I’ll move them in to a group, put them into proper order and merge them (Data > Merge) into the final document structure. I’ll then move the assembled document into a more competent word processor for final polishing, including adding footnotes and/or endnotes.
This is a personal workflow derived, perhaps from the old days of typewriters and hand-scrawled notes. I would often assemble a draft using scissors and Scotch tape from typed material, handwritten notes and 3" x 5" cards – resulting in a “scroll” perhaps 10 feet or more long, but ready now as copy material for final typing (hopefully by a secretary, but I usually had to do final typing myself).
Let me state emphatically that computers, DT Pro Office and word processors make writing a much less onerous task today.