Ever wanted to see how different words would sound in your copy, without having to entirely rewrite your copy?
Coda lets you include spreadsheet variables directly in your copy—which means you build dynamic text that updates as soon as you change words in the table.
Essentially, start by listing the terms you want to use in a table. Include a first column with a name or number for each copy style, then the different type of words you want to use in separate columns. Fill in each row with that set of copy terms.
Then, write your text as normal underneath—but when you come to a term that you want to use from the table, reference it with a formula. The basic formula will depend on your table, as Coda uses column names directly in formulas, but essentially you’ll enter
=TableName.ColumnName.Nth(1), replacing TableName, ColumnName, and the number 1 with the correct name of the table, column, and row you want to reference.
You can then update your text anytime by changing the variable in the table. Or, you can compare multiple copies of your text side-by-side as in the animation above by copying and pasting your text, then updating the new text with the correct row.
It’s a fun way to experiment with how different word choices would sound in your final copy, before publishing.
This screams out for swipe-right/swipe-left for A/B/C testing to see people pick a combination they prefer.
That it would be—would love to be able to reference table data directly in a Notion note.
Or, for that matter, being able to reference Google Sheets data inside a Google Doc would be wild.
Oh yes! I love the idea of Coda and this feature excites me but we are at SaaS capacity, we are firmly in the camp of not adding new tools unless they can replace an existing one.
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That would be incredible.
There are so many writing tools for notes and longform prose, and then tons of design tools for every stage from idea to mockup to final designs. There really should be more tools to mockup and work on the UX copy in products.