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How to create indentation within BIRT Reports

How to create indentation within BIRT Reports

Problem:

How to create indentation within BIRT Reports

Resolution:

Indentation can be used within Birt Reports to represent hierarchy structure of various objects. The example below applies indentation to a Projects Requirements:

  • Open Silk Central Test Manager and go to ADMINSTRATION | REPORTS and download the "All Requirements" Report
  • Open Birt Reports and open the All Requirement.rptdesign Report
  • From within the OUTLINE pane expand the "Body" and select "Table" element. Change the layout view to script.

  • Ensure that the script is "onPrepare" mode and create a new variable blankSpace

Because this example is used to illustrate indentation only the requirement name is required. We will now remove all of the other requirement attributes.

  • From the Outline pane, expand "Table" and "Detail". Select all of the rows except for the first row, right click on the mouse and select delete.

  • Expand "Row" → "Cell" → "Data(reqName)" and click on the "Script" view and ensure the "onCreate" script is selected
  • Add the following lines of code to the end of existing code:

//loop through the reqNum for any instances of character . to determine indenting

if (reqNumber!=currentNumber){

for (var x=1; x

if(reqNumber.charAt(x)==".") blankSpace=blankSpace+" ";

}

}

  • Go to the Outline Pane and select "Text" below "Data(reqName)"
  • Select the "Layout" view and double click on the highlighted cell (
  • Modify the value of it so it includes the blankSpace at the start of the String:

    blankSpacereqNumber+" "+row["reqName"]

    • Save the report and upload to SilkCentral Test Manger by either creating a new report or updating a current one


Old KB# 25119

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