Previous chapters describe how to create and use data sources and data sets and lay out and format report items. A single report developer with a requirement for only a few reports can use these approaches effectively. For a larger project, either one with more developers or one that requires more reports, many designs need to use the same elements or layouts.
To support creating and maintaining standard formats, building reports in collaboration with other report developers, and avoiding error-prone, repetitious design tasks, BIRT uses the following file types:
• A library
The main purpose of a library is to provide developers of report designs with a shared repository of predesigned report ...