Tuesday Sep 18, 2007

Show it, no hide it ... no show it again

Another RTF template enhancement for 10.1.3.3 ... imagine you have a report that maybe has multiple master detail relationships, say a customer listing with each of their invoices listed. If would be nice to be able to expand and collapse customer invoices in the html output providing a level of interactivity.


In previous releases we had an ability to very simply show and hide sections in an output. The sample Customer Orders report that ships with the standalone release showed this off. But it was an all or nothing thang - show all/hide all - we always wanted to allow you to expand/collapse specific regions - we found a horrible way to do it it in a template but it was not practical.


showhide2:


In 10.1.3.3 you can now build such a report, I think it takes the HTML output for publisher standalone to a new level. There are of course some new RTF template commands to add to the template.

<?dhtml:showhide;hide?> <?end dhtml?>

<?dhtml-header:?> <?end dhtml-header?>

<?dhtml-contents:?> <?end dhtml-contents?>


Now rather than bore you with the written details - Im getting hooked on Jing, thanks AppsLabbers- its a 'project' from Techsmith to record your screen and your voice if you are so inclined all for free as long as you can limit yourself to a few minutes. Those of you that know me will know I found it really hard :o)

Well I was so inclined, so here it is, you can see the show hide in action here - sorry the movie has been lost. Of course, the sample files are loaded here.
What's really neat about the solution is that the javascript used to do the show/hide is not part of the BIP server UI but actually embedded in the HTML file itself so you can see that working too, just here.


Not quite here for Apps users - you're getting too much bad news lately - will write about something you can use, I promise.

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