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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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1 Introduction to Designing Reports

This chapter introduces the components that comprise a BI Publisher report.

This chapter includes the following sections:

1.1 Overview for Report Designers

A report consists of a data model, a layout, and a set of properties. Optionally, a report may also include a style template and a set of translations. A report designers performs the following tasks:

1.2 About the Layout Types

BI Publisher offers several options for designing layouts for reports. The following formats are supported. Note that the layout type determines the types of output documents supported.

1.3 About Setting Run-Time Properties

BI Publisher provides a variety of user-controlled settings that are specified using an easily accessible Properties dialog. These include security settings for individual PDF reports, HTML output display settings, font mapping, currency formatting, and other output-specific settings. For more information see Chapter 10, "Setting Report Processing and Output Document Properties." These settings are also configured at the system-level, but can be customized per report.

1.4 About Translations

BI Publisher provides the ability to create an XLIFF file from RTF templates. XLIFF is the XML Localization Interchange File Format. It is the standard format used by localization providers. Using BI Publisher's XLIFF generation tool you can generate the standard translation file of an RTF template. You can then translate this file (or send to a translation provider). Once translated, the file can be uploaded to the report definition under the appropriate locale setting so that at runtime the translated report runs automatically for users who select the corresponding locale. For more information, see Chapter 15, "Translation Support Overview and Concepts."

1.5 About Style Templates

A style template is an RTF template that contains style information that can be applied to layout templates. The style information in the style template is applied to report layout templates at runtime to achieve a consistent look and feel across your enterprise reports.

For more information, see Chapter 11, "Creating and Implementing Style Templates."

1.6 About Sub Templates

A Sub Template is a piece of formatting functionality that can be defined once and used multiple times within a single layout template or across multiple layout template files. This piece of formatting can be in an RTF file format or an XSL file format. RTF subtemplates are easy to design as you can use Microsoft Word native features. XSL subtemplates can be used for complex layout and data requirements.

For more information, see Chapter 12, "Understanding Subtemplates."