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consistent report design


Communiqué uses a hierarchical development technique to maintain consistency in report design and layout.  This technique ensures all reports which share the same common elements will behave, operate, appear, execute, etc. the same regardless of the data contained in the report. 

Consistency in report design reduces the learning curve for Communiqué letting you get up to speed quickly.  Once you learn how to use the first report, the rest of the reports essentially work the same.  With an intuitive application like Communiqué, You can focus more on the content of the report and not the process of printing and working with the report (a much better use of your time).  Some of the more common report elements are as follows:


Common Report Elements:



Report Title:

The report title is found on the upper left hand corner of all reports.  The title describes what kind of report it is, and would appear on each report as follows:




Report Sub-Title:

The report sub-title is found on the upper right hand corner of all reports when it is used (some reports may not have a sub-title).  The report sub-title provides additional qualifiers for the report and infers what the data represents.  The following example qualifies the report to "Quarterly Sales for FY 2008." 




Report Footer & Sub-Footer:

The report footer is found on the lower left hand corner of all reports.  The report footer displays the current store and database for which the report data pertains.  There is an additional report sub-footer, but it is rarely used and on the example below, it is used to indicate the Trial Version is being used instead f the licensed version of Communiqué. 




Report Date, Time & Page Numbering:

The report date, time & page numbering is found on the lower right hand corner of all reports.  It always displays the current date, time, and active page.  Depending on the report options, it will also the display the number of pages the report contains (the trial version will always display 1 of 1).  The following example illustrates the date, time & page numbering for a report:



Report Info Bar:

The report info bar is found on the upper portion of the report.  It displays the report title and sub-title much like you would find on the report itself.   




Report Options:

The report options on the ribbon provides you the ability set various report options as well as execute and print the active report.  These commands are also available in the report's pop-up menu.    




Report Pop-Up Menu:

Each report has a pop-up menu which gives you access to the same report options found on the ribbon bar.  The pop-up menu is especially handy if you decide to hide the tab groups.  You can execute these commands without having to open the ribbon bar.


Report Filter Bar:

Reports having a filter bar provide the ability to filter a report by the selected alphanumeric character.  Some filter bars have characters only, and others will contain numeric values for filtering depending on the type of report.  For example:  Customer and Supplier reports will not contain numeric values for filtering, but the all SKU reports will, since SKUs can start with a number.  Bear in mind, not all reports will have a filter bar.




Report Navigation:

Report navigation is accomplished by using the report navigator located on the lower right hand corner of Communiqué.  You can easily navigate the active report and all it's page by using the repot navigator.  You can move to the next page, previous page, last page, or first page with a click of a button.



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