You can apply external cascading style sheet (CSS) formatting to:
When formatting a tabular or free-form report, you can format any report component by assigning a CSS class.
When formatting a graph report, you can format the graph heading and footing, and can specify the background color and background image of the page in which the graph appears, in a rule for the BODY element. (Note that when formatting a graph heading or footing, you cannot format individual lines, strings, and field values. If you wish to center a heading or footing, it is recommended that you do so using the CENTER option of the HEADING or FOOTING command, not in a style sheet.)
When working with the WebFOCUS StyleSheet CLASS attribute, you must edit the WebFOCUS StyleSheet using the WebFOCUS text editor, not the Report Assistant, Report Painter, or Graph Assistant.
We recommend that when you use an external cascading style sheet to format a report, you do not also use a WebFOCUS StyleSheet to specify the report formatting, unless you also generate an internal cascading style sheet. For more information, see Combining an External CSS With Other Formatting Methods.
To apply an external cascading style sheet (CSS) class to a report component, use the following syntax in a WebFOCUS StyleSheet declaration
TYPE = type, [subtype,] CLASS = classname, [when,] [link,] $
Identifies the report component to which you are applying the class formatting. For tabular and free-form reports, it can be any component, as described in Identifying a Report Component in a WebFOCUS StyleSheet. You cannot specify a component of a graph report: to format a graph's heading and footing, and the background color and background image of the page in which the graph appears, use a rule for the BODY element without a WebFOCUS StyleSheet declaration.
Each report component can be formatted by one class. If you specify several classes for a report component:
Is an optional attribute and value needed to completely specify some kinds of report components. For example, COLUMN and a column identifier are needed to specify a particular report column.
Is the name of the cascading style sheet class whose formatting you are applying to the report component. You can assign the same class to multiple report components.
Class names can be up to 23 characters and are case-sensitive: you must use the same case found in the class rule in the external cascading style sheet. (Note, however, that some web browsers may not enforce case sensitivity.)
Is an optional WHEN attribute and value. Supply this if you want to apply the formatting conditionally. For more information, see Formatting Reports: An Overview.
For an example, see Applying a CSS Class to ACROSS Values in a Report.