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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Nola Hague, Alethea Hannemann, Diana Peh

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Chapter 10. Displaying Text

A report typically presents most of its information in textual format. In fact, we can safely assume that all reports contain text. Even if a report consists primarily of charts or pictures, it still uses text to label charts, display titles, describe the charts or pictures, and so on.

Textual information can be

  • Static text, which is text that you type in the report. You use static text in a report title, column headings, or to write a summary about the report.

  • String, number, or date values that are derived from data set fields. The majority of information in a report typically comes from data set fields.

  • String, number, or date values that are derived from JavaScript expressions. Reports often contain information that ...

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