What does a 4D area look like


Output forms are divided into the following areas with different properties:

  • Headboard: Contains the report title and column headings, as well as buttons or objects for managing the form
  • Data area: Contains the content of the report
  • Foot part: Contains buttons or sum calculations based on all records in the report
  • Break area: Contains text or graphics that appear after the list of records and sum calculations based on all records or subsets of records

If you create a list form with the form wizard, it will automatically specify the areas for you. It sets the form title, i.e. the table name and the names of the data fields in the header and one or more buttons (the exact content of the header area depends on the specifications you have selected in the form wizard). The data fields you selected appear next to each other in the data area. The form wizard creates a small break area, but does not write anything into it.

When you open the form in the form editor, you can change the size of each area and its content, add objects in the break area and create additional break areas for calculating sums.

The individual areas are delimited by output control lines. Hold down the mouse button and drag these control lines up or down to zoom in or out.

The following figure shows an output form that was created with the form wizard (XP template):

Note: You can show and hide markup and marker text in the form editor. Further information can be found in the Form Editor chapter.

The horizontal lines divide the report into the areas header, data area, break and footer. The area from the head of the form to the header line is the header area, the area between the header line and the data area line is the data area. The footer area extends from the break line, labeled U0, to the footer area line. You can change the size of each area by dragging the marking for the corresponding area vertically while holding down the mouse button.
When this form is executed, it looks like this:

The data area is expanded dynamically when the window is adjusted, while the header and footer remain their fixed size. A form that displays data records on the screen can contain additional clickable, non-enterable objects in the header, such as buttons, hierarchical lists, etc.

In a printed report, the header usually includes the date, time, a title, and column headings. The data records appear in the data area. A calculated sum can appear in the break area. The page number is often in the footer.

The following illustration shows the different areas in a printed report:

The report can contain additional break areas for subtotals and other calculations. A report can also contain additional headers in the report itself, which are used to define subgroups. For an example, see the section Using control lines for output.