CHAPTER 9

Interacting with Output

In addition to showing and printing reports or forms, the output process includes:

• Formatting the report.

• Generating the report.

• Manipulating the results.

• Saving the results.

This chapter covers these topics, as well as one other: What to do if users inadvertently request reports that are so large they cannot be generated or printed.

Designing the Formatting Window

Coming up with a good report format is difficult for nonprogrammers, who are experts in the business domain but not in the arcana of report development. They may know what they want to see but often don’t know which fields in the database contain the information they need. Or they know which fields, but they don’t know how to create the ...

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