Active Technologies User's Guide


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This documentation describes how to use and work with Active Technologies. It is intended for administrators and developers who are responsible for creating active reports, using active reports to create active dashboards, and creating active reports for Adobe® Flash® Player and for PDF.

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

How This Manual Is Organized

This manual includes the following chapters:




Active Technologies

Provides an overview of Active Technologies and describes the product requirements.


Creating Active Technologies Components With InfoAssist

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


Creating Active Technologies Reports With Report Painter

Describes how to create a report that is enabled for Active Technologies, using Report Painter in the Developer Studio environment.


Using an Active Technologies Report

Describes how to run reports enabled for Active Technologies and use their features and functionalities.


Active Technologies for Mobile Web Apps

Describes how Active Technologies features and functions are implemented on mobile devices with multi-touch capability, such as the Apple® iPhone® device and Apple iPad® tablet.


Working With Active Technologies Reports for Adobe Flash Player

Describes the features that are available for Active Technologies reports for Adobe Flash Player, including support of basic and advanced chart types.


Creating Active Technologies Dashboards in Document Composer

Describes how to use active reports to create active dashboards in Document Composer.


Using Advanced Design Features for Active Technologies Dashboards

Describes how to use several advanced design features to create interesting and distinct dashboards that are enabled for Active Technologies.


Creating Active Technologies Dashboards With HTML Composer

Describes the process of creating active dashboards in HTML Composer.


Creating Active Technologies Components With WebFOCUS Syntax

Describes how to create and use Active Technologies reports, Active Technologies charts, and Active Technologies dashboards with WebFOCUS syntax.


Chart Type Syntax

Describes the syntax you can use to create the available types of active charts.


Creating a Custom Icon Set for an Active Technologies Report or Dashboard

Describes how to customize the Active Technologies icons.


Defining Custom Styles for an Active Technologies Report or Dashboard

Describes how you can use cascading style sheets class selectors to style an Active Technologies report or dashboard.


SET Commands for Active Technologies

Describes the SET commands that are frequently used in Active Technologies and provides links to their syntax.

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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