WebFOCUS Language

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The following are upgrade considerations and product changes for the WebFOCUS reporting language.


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Negative Values for TOPGAP

As of Reporting Server 7.7.05M/8.0.09M gen 177, negative values for TOPGAP are respected in PPTX format, as they are in PDF format. Prior to this release, negative values were always handled as zero (0). To maintain the previous behavior in PPTX, set the top gap values to zero (0), rather than negative values.


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Compound Documents Change in Behavior

As of Release 8.1 Version 05, when a component in a Compound document contains a report that generates an error or attempts to create a HOLD file to be used in other components, but 0 records are produced, error messages will be displayed and processing of the document will be terminated.

(FOC351) INPUT FILE NOT ALLOCATED: HOLD1
(FOC009) INCOMPLETE REQUEST STATEMENT
(FOC3298) ERROR FOUND IN A COMPOUND REPORT
Compound Report is TERMINATING.....
BYPASSING TO END OF COMMAND

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XLSX Format

The following are upgrade considerations and product changes for XLSX format:


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Strict Enforcement of Rules for Using the .EVAL Operator

A Dialogue Manager variable is a placeholder for a value that will be substituted at run time. In some situations, the value of the variable may not be resolved at the point where the command containing the variable is encountered, unless evaluation is forced by using the .EVAL operator. As of Release 8.1 Version 03, the rules for using the .EVAL operator are enforced more stringently, meaning that some procedures that did not require its use in the past may not run as expected without it now. One example where .EVAL Is now required is in a -IF statement, when the variable is embedded in a label (for example, GOTO AB&label.EVAL). The .EVAL operator is also required any time a variable is included within single quotation marks (').


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Error Messages

Some messages that did not have numbers in prior release now have them and will display where no message displayed previously. You can use the SET WARNING command to change the status of selected messages.


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DST. With NOPRINT

In prior releases, the NOPRINT option was not respected for fields prefixed with the DST. operator. They appeared on the report output and were propagated to a HOLD file even with SET HOLDLIST=PRINTONLY in effect. This behavior has now changed so that the NOPRINT is respected.


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ACRSVRBTITL Parameter Default Value

As of WebFOCUS Release 8.1, the default value for the ACRSVRBTITL parameter, which controls whether to show the column title for a single ACROSS field, has changed from OFF to HIDEONE.


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EXL2K and PPT

As of WebFOCUS Release 8.1, the WebFOCUS Client Redirect and Save Report Redirection settings (located in the WebFOCUS drive:\client\wfc\etc\mime.wfs file) for EXL2K file extensions (.xhm and .xht) and .ppt are set to yes. In addition, the WebFOCUS Client file extension for the EXL2K file extensions (.xhm and .xht) is set to the .xls file type associated with Excel. The file type of .xls ensures that the file will be opened in Excel from all browsers.


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Execution of Compound Reports

As of Release 7.7.x, a compound report will not be created when any of its component reports fail. To safeguard against issues caused by components dependent on earlier components that might return zero records, you can use Dialogue Manager to capture the record count of the initial hold file and skip over the dependent component when no file was generated by the earlier component.


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