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Last Week in the Forums: Calling a DataSet Field from a Text Box, Highlighting the First Row of a Group

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 forums are maintaining their heavy traffic. I will be out of town tomorrow through Friday, so I won’t be in there helping as much as normal. Many great questions and answers are being posted every day. As always, thanks to those users who help answer questions! It is a great help to the community!

The first thing I’ll discuss this week is grabbing the value of a column in a text box. The poster wanted to be able to grab their row data from a text box, but were unable to. The solution to this is that you must use the value-of tag and be sure you’re selecting HTML from the drop down at the top of the text editor. You should also make sure you’re binding the text box to the appropriate dataSet.

The next topic for this week is about highlighting the first row in a series of rows with a repeating field. The poster had a listing of records with one field that repeated. They wanted to be able to highlight the first row of tihs “group” but not highlight the rest, then highlight the first for the next group, and so on. The solution to this was to create a variable that tracked the current group, so that you’d know when it changed. There is an example provided in the forum thread.

The final topic I’ll discuss this week is the BIRT Feedback Survey. The survey will help the BIRT product managers keep BIRT moving in the direction that the community would like. The survey should only take a matter of minutes to fill out, so please, take some time to fill out the survey so that BIRT can be made better for those using it!

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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