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Hour 19. Designing Effective Report Templates > Using Template Field Objects

Using Template Field Objects

During the process of designing a report template, a need might arise to provide some specific formatting for a field not based on its position in the report, but instead based on the type of field it is. For example, a company might require that all date/time fields be displayed in military time regardless of operating system defaults. For example, “6:02 p.m. on March 31, 2002” would have to look like “3/31/02 18:02”. Another requirement could be a space as the thousand separator for all numbers (instead of the usual comma).

These requirements could easily be corporate or industry standard requirements, such as the ISO 9000 standard. At the time the template is created, it's unknown where these fields will be located in the report or how many of them there will be. A report designer would have to find another way of handling special formatting requirements. Template Field Objects help in this endeavor.


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