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Actuate uses OLE automation to acquire data from the Siebel Application Server. In the first implementation of this architecture, all the data that is transferred is in the string data type format, including numeric and date information. The baseTxt control is the most appropriate method available for displaying string data.
Actuate can implicitly convert string data to other control types; for example, String data will be converted to the date data type if the control being used is a date control. Unfortunately, the implicit conversion methods for date and numeric data are not appropriate under some conditions, particularly when you are providing multilanguage support. See Figure 33.
Figure 33 shows the steps that data goes through before it populates an Actuate control. All data that is brought through the OLE interface is placed in DataRow Variables as string data. Then Actuate, in the course of instantiating controls to the ROI page, takes the data from the row and populates the various controls.
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