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Crystal Reports® 2008 For Dummies® by Allen G. Taylor

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Chapter 20. Navigating with Report Parts

In This Chapter

  • Choosing what part(s) of a report or of several reports to display

  • Enabling users to move from one report object to another

  • Employing highly selective drill down

  • Hyperlinking between reports

Report Parts allows developers to extract and display only selected parts of a report (report objects) while the rest of the objects on the source pages are not displayed. With Report Parts, advanced developers can integrate key elements of an existing report — such as summary data, tables, and charts — into workflow applications that users can access through a Web portal, PDA, cell phone, or other wireless device.

In this chapter, I discuss the two ways you can use Report Parts:

  • Report Part Drill-down: This method uses a drill-down capability that is a more restricted method than the standard drill-down available when you perform regular page navigation.

  • Another Report Object: This method involves defining a hyperlink path to other objects in the same report (or in a different report).

Note

Using the Report Parts facility requires the use of a scripting language, such as VBScript, to create the Report Parts Viewer. After you create the Report Parts Viewer, you integrate it into the HTML code that produces the Web application that actually presents the Report Parts to your audience.

Understanding Report Parts Navigation

The Report Parts facility allows you to focus attention on the specific parts of a report that are relevant to a given user community. ...

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