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Last Week in the Forums: Arranging Report Elements Horizontally, Setting Chart Name with Data from DataSet

This blog series takes a look back at the past week in the forums, recalling how active they were and highlights some of the questions asked that seem to frequent the forums or other interesting topics. The holidays are over and we’re into a new year now. Last week finally slowed down a little after many busy weeks in the forums heading toward the end of the year. As always, thanks to those members who are helping answer questions in the forums. It is a great help to the community!

The first topic I’ll cover this week is about arranging labels horizontally. There were two answers given. The first was to remove the margin values for the labels. The second is that in newer versions of BIRT, you can use the inline feature to force report elements to be on the same line.

The second topic for this week is how to set the chart name based on dataSet data. The answer to this is fairly simple if you’re familiar with persistent global variables. You can grab the value you’re wanting from your dataSet in script and store it in a PGV, you then can recall this value in your chart script and dynamically set the title value.

The last topic for this week is about removing a field from your CSV export. This is currently not possible. There is a bug reported for this that is linked in the thread. Hopefully this will be a feature in a near future version.

Again, this is just a small sample of what went through the forums this past week. For more questions and answers that have been posted, check out the forums. As always, if you have a question, feel free to ask it, and if you see a question you know the answer to or have a similar experience to, feel free to post an answer or comment.

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