With the exception of Frozen and Indexed reports, consumers will need to be familiar with report data to know what parameters should be entered to extract relevant information.
Here is some general information about what parameter options may be available on report objects:
Field parameters determine which rows are selected and returned. These are often typed into text fields but some reports will have drop-down lists that can be used to select criteria. A Valid Values button may also be available if there is a list of pre-determined parameters for a field. Field names are linked to a page containing more detailed information about what the parameter is.
Column data can be chosen with check box or radio button selections. Consumers can choose to return all or select column data, and whether to display the column names in their report.
Format parameters provide the option to display the results of a query in pre-determined formats, such as in Excel or WordPad. Format option availability is determined by the report developer.
Destination parameters can allow consumers to choose to view report output in a browser window, print to a Barr Printer, or send output to the Completed Reports folder within My Catalog.
The default destination is Wait for Output. This means that consumers wait for the query to run to return results to the browser window. A popular choice is to Send Output to the Completed Reports Folder. The report executes in the background, allowing continued interaction within the IUIE.
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