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.hcl File Extension

Developer: HotDocs
File type: HotDocs Clause Archive
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .hcl. Files with the file extension .hcl can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .hcl files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .hcl file?

The HCL file extension is associated with HotDocs application. This application was developed by the Matthew Bender and Company, Inc. to provide automated documentation functionalities. These functionalities refer to logic based structure of HotDocs that accesses sections of available data such as PDF, WordPerfect and Microsoft Word documents to create new documents or programmed templates. HotDocs utilize the HCL file format to save clause archive data files containing text templates or collection of clauses archived through the use of ZIP technology. These templates can be embedded in various forms commonly used in insurance and legal documents resulting to faster and more accurate documentation process. HCL files can be accessed through a library of clause files and clause archives filenames stored in HDL format. Accessing HDL files containing archived clauses in HCL format will automatically set off HotDocs decompression utility to extract archived clause files based on the requirements of the application.

how to open a .hcl file?

Launch a .hcl file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .hcl file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .hcl files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .hcl file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .hcl file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .hcl file association errors

applications that open a .hcl file



HotDocs is software which was developed by HotDocs Limited. It allows its users to convert different documents that were made using Word Perfect or Microsoft Word as well as those in PDF format into different types of templates. The templates that this software produces is in a form of question-and-answer interview which has the ability to produce customized as well as transaction-ready types of documents. This software allows its users to insert scripting commands as well as variables in the document which results to the creation of a HotDocs file component and a template. Document modelling which is one of HotDocs’ features can actually range from simple types of variable substitutions up to a more complex type of systems which involves recursions, logic, insertions among others. The scripting may also be added to the templates using different formats and can also be modified using a word processor.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .hcl files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .hcl. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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