Instant Web Publishing and Reports

Posted on 2006-07-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have a Filemaker solution that users need to access using a web-browser. This works fine, but I am not sure how get reports printed and how to do this in the best way.
The report-script shows the Preview of the report but of course printing from the web-browser does not give the data in the report format.

I have added a button in Browser-mode, which is off the page in Preview mode to navigate back to the main menu. Is this the way you navigate back from Reports and how you also include other options, such as the print-report?

Please advice.
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Expert Comment

ID: 17108903
You'd better do a specific layout for printing using the web browser, in browse mode. Preview mode is not supported by IWP, so the step is simply skept.
You can do a script which switches to this layout, pauses for you to print using the web browser commands, then resumes to the previous layout, or have a button to return to wherever you were off the printable area.
To get something decent, use a font which won't substitued on printer, wide margins to fit any printer and a standard paper format for yr country.
Then you need to check the result using IE, firefox and Safari, because they influence the result

Author Comment

ID: 17109257
Ok, so it's not all that compatible with normal run-time reports and you are saying that I should simply write a special layout that I print using the web-browser print function. What about having a BUTTON that executes a script to print?

What about buttons in general to navigate to/from the report lay-out?
I noticed that my scripts that have Dialogue script-steps (I found out this is not InstantWeb compatible) do not execute, but how do you dialogue with the user using InstantWebBrowsing? I have several dialogues that ask for confirmation to print or to delete.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17110093
print is not supported by IWP either. when you make a script for a IWP, check the web compatibility option at the bottom left of the scriptmaker window, it will grey out script commands which are not supported when using IWP.

What about buttons in general to navigate to/from the report lay-out?
------why not, this is really a matter of personal taste for ergonomy.

Dialogues: you've got to make a dedicated layout using global fields to capture the user's answer, that you'll use in a script which will go back and forth to this special layout when asking a question. To avoid to have as many layout as questions, use another global field for the question itself; this way the question layout can be used for all questions since question and answer are all global fields.
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Author Comment

ID: 17110971
Thanks lesouef!
Just one more clarification needed: Buttons for navigation on a Preview layout are printed on paper so that's not the way to do it but what is the neat solution to this???
Do you put navigation buttons outside of the Preview print area but visible in Browse-mode of the Report??
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lesouef earned 250 total points
ID: 17111231
in browse mode, buttons can be anywhere since they can be set as "non printable", but remember than preview mode cannot be used with IWP, so this non printable feature is useless; the only last way is to put them outside the area which will be printed, ie, on the right end, say 10mm after the right edge of the paper sheet, that is 220 mm away from the left side for an a4 format.

Author Comment

ID: 17114324
Hi lesouef,
I have tried to make a "dialogue" layout, which of course is not very hard with title, message and button fields, but how do you make it act the same way as the script dialogue, i.e. appear on top of the other layout and not obscuring the other layout.
I need this for delete and link functions where I display the "to be deleted" data in the original layout and then present a dialogue to ask for confirmation.

All works great in normal FM-mode but with Instant WebPublishing and therefor the need for dialogue-layouts this all gets messy!

Also is there a source for the dos&don'ts of InstantWebPublishing??
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Expert Comment

ID: 17114369
try to open a new window, I have not tried that myself, but this is the only hope.

Also is there a source for the dos&don'ts of InstantWebPublishing??
there is a specific pdf doc for IWP in filemaker folder / extras / electronic doc.
and for scripts commands, check the web compatibility at the bottom of the scriptmaker window

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