Software updates — August 2021

Major new functionality

  • ClauseBase’s user interface is completely overhauled: welcome to our fresh new design!
  • Headers and footers can now be completely dynamic (with conditions, styling, etc.), by associating them with a separate clause.
  • A global placeholders system was added, which not only facilitates reusing Q&A between different groups, but also allows such diverse features as setting MS Word document properties and creating disclaimers towards users.
  • Q&A
    • Questions can now be “embedded” into the actual text of the document. Particularly towards legal users, this can facilitate a more direct interaction with the legal text.
    • An “inspection mode” is added, to inspect which conditions (do not) apply in complex documents.
    • Questions that are not associated with any clause, will now be colored orange in the design mode, to help find missing links.
    • Cards, questions and change-sets can now host “expression conditions” to enable the calculation of very complex conditions.


  • Styling
    • MS Word styles can now receive a prefix (e.g., the firm’s abbreviation).
    • Users now have the option to disable the creation of title-styles for headings.
    • In addition to bullet-style, table-style and subparagraph-style, definition lists can now also be presented in a plain style (without any numbering, bullets, etc.)
  • Numbering
    • Page numbering can now start from any number, on a per-section basis.
    • Users can set the page numbers of TOC-pages to use romanette/roman style numbering.
    • Allow the user to configure the text used to refer to a range of clauses (e.g., “as set forth in clause 5 up to (but not including) clause 7”) for multi-clause cross-references.
  • Languages
    • Clauses can be forced to always show in a specific language, irrespective of the main language of the document.
  • Q&A
    • In a Q&A, documents can be dynamically configured to export to DOCX/PDF without any involvement of the ClauseBase server (to facilitate situations where absolutely no personal data can circulate).

New special functions

  • @clauselabel-singular and @clauselabel-plural returns the word (e.g., “article” or “section”) that is used by the styling to refer to a clause.