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ColdFusion 8 Developer Tutorial by John Farrar

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Output Formats

Sometimes, observing data is good. Yet, often people need to pass on the data to others. This may be because the other people are not inside a company where they can access the pages that display the data or perhaps the data needs to be moved to an Excel spreadsheet where they can use it for other purposes. Let us look at how we can take the traditional HTML-oriented data and push it out in a format that fulfills the business needs of our users. Let us revisit some of the techniques and show some others for doing this for report pages. Some of the popular formats are CSV (comma-separated values), XML, PDF, JSON, and HTML.

While generating reports, we would generally want to save them offline or open them in another application. ...

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