active report

An active report is a self-contained report that is designated for offline analysis. It contains all of the data and JavaScript within the output file.

Active Technologies Dashboard

Document Composer can be used to develop active dashboards. An active dashboard combines multiple active reports into various scenarios that are coordinated with a common sort field and controls to filter the data.


Uses the Table of Contents descriptions, and the Table of Contents page and levels, to show specific reference points in the compound document.


An object that you can insert into the page layout, for example, a report, graph, or image.


Supplies a list of possible values, except in the instance of a text box, where the user supplies the value. A control enables you to prompt users for a parameter value.


A graphical representation of data within a Master File. You can use the Graph tool to create graphs, and these graphs can be inserted in the page layout.

Graph tool

A Developer Studio application in which you can create and style complex graphs.

live data

Sections of data, taken from the actual files, that are used in your graph and chart previews. This option sends a request to the Reporting Server, and to the database, to get a snapshot of the actual data in the report or graph. You may select the number of records that appear in the report when previewing live data. You may also set the read limit or record limit to control the number of records accessed in the database.

on demand viewing

The process by which Document Composer only loads the page you are viewing, thereby saving memory when viewing large documents.

output format

The format of the output document. The available formats are PDF, HTML, active report, Power Point, Excel, Excel 2007, active PDF, and active Flash format. You can also set the output format to User, which allows the user to define an output format at run time.


The area of a report that exceeds its defined space in the page layout. For example, a multipage report and a graph can both be added to a single page layout with the graph positioned beneath the report. The report can flow or fill the page and the graph can be positioned relative to the report so that it appears at the end of the document following the complete rendering of the report.

page layout

An individual document, or page, that displays images, drawing objects, text, page settings, reports, and graphs. You can save this pre-styled page and reuse it as a template, or make it available to others.

Page Master

A page in the Design View where you can add and edit repeating elements, such as the company logo or page numbering. Any element placed on the Page Master repeats on every page in the resulting document.

page number object

An object you can add to a Page Master. This object displays either the current page number, the total number of pages, both the current page and total pages, or the date. You can select from a number of date formats.

post-process code

Code that runs after the document is run. This can be used in conjunction with pre-process code. For example, using pre-process code, you could create a join. You could then use the post-process code to clear that join.

pre-process code

Code that is run before a document is accessed and applies to all objects added to a document. For example, if your document requires the joining of two tables, you can create pre-process code that joins those two tables. This join can then be used by any object in the document and any items following the pre-process code.

properties window

Shows the properties of the object or objects you selected. For example, if you select a hyperlink, the Properties window shows the properties of the hyperlink.

relative positioning

The relationship between objects.


A component you can insert into the page layout. A visual representation of data within a Master File. You can use Report Painter to create reports.

Report Painter

A Developer Studio tool that you can use to create and style complex reports. You can design the report in the Report Painter window, a graphical representation of the report page.

simulated data

Mock data used in your graph and chart previews. This option sends a request to the Reporting Server that gathers formatting information from the Master File. The database is not accessed, and mock data is used to visually represent the report. The formatting and styling options applied to the report are shown when viewing the simulated data.

Table of Contents

Shows a summary of the contents of the document, with page numbers, and can be printed with the document. The entries can link to any component of the compound output (page, report, or graph) and vertical sort field values (BY field values) within each component report. The entries in the Table of Contents enable you to easily navigate to a particular section while viewing the document online.