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Report styles - how to customize ???

I am having an issue trying to figure out how to customize styles for specific items in my multi-model report. Let me outline what I am doing ...

- using PD 16.5.5 SP03, new report editor (i.e. not Legacy Reports)

- multimodel report drawing from a number of different model types (EA model, Object Oriented, etc.)

- In one of the sections, I am reporting Name and Description of a Component from an Object Oriented model

- The Name shows up in the Book Title when I add the Component object to my report

- I am using a slightly modified version of the Professional RTF template (just changed some title page things at this point)

- This ends up assigning a Header 2 style when I get to the generated RTF document

I want this to have a different style - for the sake of this use case, let's say the "Strong" style.

I have ......

- tried to assign a style in the report editor but all that seems to do is take me to where you can modify the characteristics of all the existing styles - cannot seem to make it assign a specific style to a specific report element

- I see that I can assign styles to report elements in the RTF template but I cannot seem to figure out what %element name% to use in this case (if that is indeed that way to do it)

- I looked at the language file and I see where I can change the text reported (e.g. "Component %ITEM") but no place in there where style is applied

Anyway, after hours of experimenting - I think my best move is to see if anyone here has done anything like this and can offer any advice. If I can get this use case figured out, I should be able to figure out how to customize the rest of it.

Specifically, I want to customize the style of the single report element identified above - not a universal change that will end up being applied to every other Book Title in the multi-model report.

Any advice ????

Thanks in advance


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  • Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 04:24 PM

    I've taken a look at this, Bruce, and I can't see any way of influencing the style PD chooses for a given section of the report. There is also no direct way of knowing which style a given section of the report uses, except by inferring it from the content or heading level, or experimenting with formatting a style to see which parts of a report change.

    I think the formatting options are amazing compared to other data modelling tool report generators, but it would be nice to have more influence over the styles used in parts of a report.

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    • Thanks for having a look George - I will keep digging - not yet entirely ready to give up - I was holding out hope that one of the SAP guys would weigh in. Anyway - will post anything useful that I can find.

      Have a great Christmas season


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