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BIRT: A Field Guide, Third Edition by Jane Tatchell, Nola Hague, Diana Peh

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Chapter 9. Displaying Text

A report typically presents most of its information in textual format. In fact, it is safe to assume that all reports contain text. Even if a report consists primarily of charts or pictures, it uses text to label charts, display titles, describe the charts or pictures, and so on.

Textual information can be any of the following:

• Static text, which is text that the report displays exactly as you type it in the design. Use static text in a report title, column headings, or to write a summary about the report.

• String, number, or date values that are derived from data set fields. Typically, the majority of information in a report comes from data set fields.

• String, number, or date values that are derived from JavaScript ...

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