eDocuments Table Structures

With Continia eDocuments, document data is saved in a structured way using a set of predefined tables. This enables Continia Document Capture to render and display the documents in the well-known formats of pages and tables, familiar to all users of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

This means that whenever you either receive (import) or send (export) an XML file using Continia eDocuments, the file will be displayed as an ordinary Business Central record with three overall document card sections:

  • A General FastTab with a number of header fields
  • A Lines FastTab with an overview of all document lines displayed as a table
  • Additional document details, including FastTabs like Order Details, Shipping and Payment, Delivery, Reference, and Technical Information

So instead of providing an XML file that's generally somewhat difficult to decipher and work with, Continia eDocuments gives you a document card shaped like any other standard Business Central document page that you can interact with just as you're used to. Such document cards – or records – are available for eBilling documents, eOrder documents, eBilling response documents, and eOrder response documents.


Every time a new record is created, Continia eDocuments names it using the number series that you specified when setting up Continia eDocuments.

One of the main benefits of this is that you can easily add or correct document details straight in the user interface if a document fails validation because data is missing or incorrect. There's no need to edit complex XML files or to ask your partner to do this for you every time a document fails. Instead, simply enter the correct or missing data in the relevant field on the document card of the document that failed validation.

Rendering XML files this way as standard Business Central document pages also enables you (or your partner) to easily add additional fields or filter on specific values to find what you're looking for. In general, it allows you to use and engage with XML files in exactly the same way as you normally do in Business Central with other documents, which makes it very convenient and easy to use.