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How does one go about inserting text into image files using XML?

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I'm posting this under XML since it's the language I can think of that might be able to help me with this task. I'm trying to inserting names and addresses from an XML file into the text field of a vector image. Is this at all possible? If not, is there some other way of going about this?

My goal is to automate the printing of envelopes and invitations for my wedding next year by using a template image so that I don't have to manually edit the image for every individual person. This way I could pull everything from one file.
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why not create a mail merge template using word and put the image in the backgroud with the merge fields on top?
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Thanks, that should work well. Now the only problem I am running into is setting the picture as a background image. I can't seem to figure out how to put the merge fields on top of it.
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right click on the picture in the context menu there should be a Wrap Text item expand this and there should be a Behind Text option (I'm using Word 2010)  that should do it for you
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This is perfect. One last thing, is there a way for it to replace <<FIRST NAME>> with <<TITLE>> if I've entered a "Mr and Mrs." in the <<TITLE>> column for that row? I want it to print "Mr and Mrs. Smith" for married couples, and "John Smith" for individuals who are single.
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I'm not sure on that one, but I have seen plenty of wedding invites with Mr John Smith and Mr and Mrs for couples or vice versa no titles for anyone -

All that said you could just create to templates with two lists - one for couple and one for singles
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two templates that is - sorry for the misspelling
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