Look Sidewards - Reports DataPro / Standard Protocols

Jan Schenkel janschenkel at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 26 21:05:00 CDT 2002


--- Gary Rathbone <gary.rathbone at btclick.com> wrote:
> >On 26th August Jan Schenkel <janschenkel at yahoo.com>
> wrote...
> >--snip--
> >The main issue here, however, is getting data onto
> >paper. We cannot expect our customers to buy
> Word.... --snip--
> >What we need to print is... --snip--
> >Hmm, I guess I'll stop rambling here and let other
> >people post their suggestions/remarks :-) --snip--
> >
> >On 26th August Richard Gaskin
> <ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:
>  >If you just need to get a report out the door
> while someone else writes a
> generalized printllib, describe what you >need and
> maybe we can all benefit.
> >
> >On 26th August Kevin Miller wrote :
> >Everything that is needed to do a complete reports
> generator is already
> >included in Revolution...
> 
> Looks like your on the way to writing a Spec !!! Rev
> can do everything you
> require...
> 

Heh, while I'm at it, I might as well drag out the
'needs' and 'wishes' list :-)

Fields are placed (within the band) either: [need]
- at a fixed place from the top, or
- at a fixed place from the top but can stretch
vertically, or
- at a fixed place from the bottom (so they
automatically stay below the stretching fields)

Fields can be printed conditionally [need] and styling
and colour can be set conditionally as well [wish]

And perhaps the most flexible thing that's been going
round in my head: 'print' to an XML file, by setting
the tag and sub-tag/attribute information. [wish]

Example:
The band in which a field resides has tag 'customer'
Field itself has: tag 'customer' attribute 'memo'
In the XML file the content of the field would be
automatically placed within the enclosing
<customer>...</customer> block, within its own
<memo>...</memo> block.

Now that I've got that off my chest, I'm going back to
bed :-)

Best regards,

Jan Schenkel.

"As we grow older, we grow both wiser and more foolish
at the same time."  (De Rochefoucald)

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