A successful report depends on the information presented
and how it is presented. A report that identifies related groups
of information and draws attention to important facts will be more
effective than one that simply shows columns of data.
When you have selected the data that is going to be included
in your report and how you want it to appear, you can then continue
developing your report with custom formatting. There are many things
you can add to your request in order to make your report more effective.
- Add titles,
headings, and footings. You can also change column titles with the
AS phrase, and create headings and footings for different levels
of the report (including each sort group, each page, and the entire
- Change the
format of a field and the justification of a column title.
- Determine the
width of a report column.
control the display of subtotals, headings, and footings based on conditions
- Highlight a
group of related information and separate it from other groups by
inserting blank lines or underlines between each group.
- Emphasize data
using color to highlight certain values in your report based on
conditions you define.
- Format your
report using external cascading style sheets.
- Add drill-down capability to
your report. This adds extra value by linking your report to other
reports or URLs that provide more detail.