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How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

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  • How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

    Maybe there is another way to get values printed in a grid with the grid lines showing...

    I have aligned the fields in the row and turned on the borders. I can look at the field dimensions and going across the row, the left side of each field is exactly the sum of the field to its left start plus width. However, when the report is run and printed, some lines are heavy and there is sometimes a gap between two fields.

    Is there a way to make it look like on Excel-printed grid with lines?

    Thanks for any ideas,
    Roger

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    Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

    Hi Roger,
    It takes a bit of practice to create lines just so with the report builder...vertical lines especially. If you want to export and then attach your report here I will tinker a bit.
    Mike
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      Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

      Mike,
      Thanks for the response and offer.

      I just did a quick test using HTML table in the report header section. I put a couple of fields in cells and it displayed fine. I am assuming I can get similar approach working in the detail section and use the table for grid lines and forget about fine alignment of the field borders.

      Roger

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        Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

        I attempted the HTML path, but ran into the problem of how to set the field attributes. Getting the detail grid section aligned with the header/footer using two different approaches does not work well. So I am back to how to set the field borders and get the alignment to look right. It seems to be an issue of how the calculations are done when building the PDF objects and probably some arithmetic rounding conflicting with the actual number of pixels available.

        Maybe that is why there is the ability to embed a grid into a report. Then the grid lines would take care of themselves. However, we do not have the license for this solution.

        Are there other methods?

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          Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

          Thanks to Mike C.!!!! Offline, he took a look at my approach and came up with an easy solution. Rather than put full borders around every field in the row, only put in enough borders to have exactly one line on any place where two borders might appear, so there are never any doubles or skips or place where two are so close as to appear bolded. Then will a little careful nudging of fields to make sure of top/bottom alignment, it comes out looking very good. So generally you can say the header has top/bottom and mostly left edge borders. The detail has bottom and mostly left edge borders. Likewise, the footer would have bottom and mostly left.

          Mike also took the addition time to do a desktop sharing session late on Saturday night (we should get a real life Mike!) to show me (a new Alpha convert) some addition report writer tricks--much appreciated!

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            Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

            I am now struggling with this same issue. I follow what you did with the borders, but I can't figure out how to get the lines to touch vertically in the detail section. There's a very small space between rows. Can you post a sample report based on northwind or alphasports showing what you did? I haven't been able to find much video on report creation.

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              Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

              Also, could you address the problem of the borders not rendering when the field is blank?
              Last edited by Dfred; 10-21-2011, 10:37 AM.

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                Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

                Donna

                Look at the printhtml() to get more formatting control - especially with borders.
                Last edited by Al Buchholz; 10-22-2011, 10:47 AM.
                Al Buchholz
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                  Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

                  Originally posted by Al Buchholz View Post
                  Donna

                  Look at the printhtml() to get more formatting control - especially with borders.
                  Where would I look at that? I have searched the wiki, the forum. no hits.
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                    Re: How to get borders to align in a report 'grid'

                    Originally posted by frankbicknell View Post
                    Where would I look at that? I have searched the wiki, the forum. no hits.
                    http://wiki.alphasoftware.com/printHTML+Function
                    Al Buchholz
                    Bookwood Systems, LTD
                    Weekly QReportBuilder Webinars Thursday 1 pm CST

                    Occam's Razor - KISS
                    Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                    Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                    When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.
                    "Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler."
                    Albert Einstein

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