Why Use an External Cascading Style Sheet?
If you already use WebFOCUS StyleSheets to
format reports, you can realize these additional benefits by combining
them with external cascading style sheets:
Increased formatting options. Almost
any formatting that you can specify in a cascading style sheet you
can apply to a report. This enables you to take advantage of formatting
options that are unavailable via native WebFOCUS StyleSheet attributes. For example,
you can use browser-based measurements so that the person who views
the report can control the size of fonts, margins, and other elements
whose size has been specified in the CSS in terms of em,
a unit of relative measurement. You can also use CSS to control
line height and letter spacing, and in general can use CSS to exercise
more control over positioning items in a report.
Improved performance. Cascading
style sheets enable WebFOCUS to generate more concise HTML output. This
reduces the bandwidth used by the network to return a report to
a browser, and displays the report faster.
Reduced effort. Enterprises
that already use cascading style sheets can now also apply them
to WebFOCUS reports,
avoiding duplication of effort to specify and maintain formatting
Easier standards conformance. You
can ensure that reports conform to your enterprise's formatting
guidelines, because now formatting instructions for all your Web
documents can be specified in one set of cascading style sheets
(instead of replicating some of them in WebFOCUS StyleSheets).