WebFOCUS InfoAssist User's Manual


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This documentation describes how to use the WebFOCUS InfoAssist application. It is intended for users that need to create, modify, and run reports.

Contact your local Information Builders account manager to learn how to license and enable this new capability.

Note: The WebFOCUS toolset generates the rich FOCUS fourth generation language. While this language is very extensive, the WebFOCUS toolset only supports a subset of the language and only specific syntax constructs. While the user can manually modify the content of these WebFOCUS procedures and files, there is no guarantee that the user will be able to open the modified procedure in the tool.

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Introducing InfoAssist

Describes the benefits of the InfoAssist ad hoc reporting tool, how to access it, and how to use its start-up screen.


Getting Started With InfoAssist

Describes how to start working with each version of the InfoAssist application and how to set your user preferences.


Navigating the InfoAssist Interface

Describes how to use the elements that make up the application window.


Creating and Customizing Reports

Describes how to create, customize, and style reports, and provides an overview of output formats.


Creating and Customizing Charts

Describes how to create and customize charts, and provides an overview of the available chart types and output formats.


Creating and Customizing Documents

Describes features of documents and Document view, which enables users to add text, images, reports, and charts to create documents in InfoAssist.


Creating HOLD Files

Describes how to create a HOLD file for use in a report, chart, document, and dashboard, and how to use a HOLD file in a subquery filter.


Creating Multi-page Documents and Dashboards

Describes how to create multi-page documents and active technologies dashboards and how to enable active cache through InfoAssist.


Creating Active Technologies Components With InfoAssist

Describes how to create a report, chart, or dashboard that is enabled for Active Technologies using InfoAssist.


Using Slicers

Describes the functionality of slicers, the dynamic selection criteria available from the Slicers tab.


Building InfoMini Applications

Describes how to create InfoMini applications that have embedded analysis functionality that is available at run time.


InfoAssist Warning Messages

Describes the warning messages that InfoAssist produces.



Describes key concepts in this manual.

Documentation Conventions

The following table describes the documentation conventions that are used in this manual.





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Denotes syntax that you must enter exactly as shown.

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Represents a placeholder (or variable) in syntax for a value that you or the system must supply.


Indicates a default setting.

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Represents a placeholder (or variable), a cross-reference, or an important term. It may also indicate a button, menu item, or dialog box option that you can click or select.

Key + Key

Indicates keys that you must press simultaneously.

{  }

Indicates two or three choices. Type one of them, not the braces.

[  ]

Indicates a group of optional parameters. None are required, but you may select one of them. Type only the parameter in the brackets, not the brackets.


Separates mutually exclusive choices in syntax. Type one of them, not the symbol.


Indicates that you can enter a parameter multiple times. Type only the parameter, not the ellipsis (...).




Indicates that there are (or could be) intervening or additional commands.

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