Last Modified: 10.10.2012
Report forms are opened whenever you select an item in the tree menu of the function, content and structure access area. Report forms display the essential information about entities included in the report. For example, if you select the Banners item in the Advertising section, the system returns with a thorough report about all existing banners:
The following sections describe interface parts common to all report forms.
A filter, in its core, is essentially a means to search and select data to be displayed in tables of the report forms. By providing search criteria in the filter, you can find and display only the required information (usually a selection of database records).
A typical filter looks as follows:
The Show filter button displays the filter and all its criteria. Clicking the Hide filter button minimises the filter leaving only the filter toolbar and (optionally) the default condition marked with bold typeface. The More filters button opens a pop-up menu in which you can choose individual search conditions to be included in the filter.
Filter fields having a question mark on the side (?) allow using complex logic in filter.
Using filters - view movie (Flash)
You will find context bars on both report and editing forms. If an active form allows any action to be performed on the displayed elements, the context bar can be found below the filter.
For example, the Bookstore: Information Blocks report form displays the following context bar:
By clicking the buttons of this command bar, you can:
- add a new information block;
- exports the list of information blocks to the Microsoft Excel format;
- customise the table columns, set the default sort order etc.
The system uses tables to group and display information. Despite the fact that there are many different types of tables in the system, all they have common fields.
Checkbox columns are used to select one or more elements for applying the desired action to them. Check the box in the table head to select all elements in the table.
You can perform operations on the selected elements by choosing the desired command in the action toolbar below table:
Please pay special attention to the Quick edit command. It allows to modify the most important, frequently used properties of the selected elements simultaneously, without leaving the current report form (i.e. without having to open an editing form).
For example, you can mark information blocks Reviews, Books, and Authors in the Bookstore: Information Blocks form:
After you click the Quick edit button, editable values of the selected elements will be displayed as input fields:
After you have completed editing, click the Save button to apply changes.
The Action menu column () contains buttons , each of which, being clicked, opens a context menu containing actions available to be performed on a table element. For example, elements of the Bookstore: Information Blocks form table offer the following actions:
Using lists - view movie (Flash)