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Chapter 13. Designing Effective Business... > Ten Design Guidelines for Business R...

Ten Design Guidelines for Business Reports

Answering the three questions from the previous section is only the first step towards creating a useable business report. The following sections offer a set of ten guidelines that help you build useable and attractive reports no matter what your goal, data, or readership.

1. Copy Legacy Reports When Practical

If your Access report replaces an existing report that was produced by another source, such as mainframe print job, try to make your version mimic its counterpart. The data should be the same, the fields should be in the same order, the sorting and grouping should be identical, and you should include the same summary calculations. This ensures that the report users will have no problems reading and understanding your version, which in turn ensures an easy transition.


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