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Maged Reda
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Maged Reda asked on 12 Oct 2009, 05:16 PM
Hello all,
this question is directed directly to Telerik Team as i cannot ask them directly elsewhere as i am not a customer yet (:

anyhow, i am evaluating your reporting engine for our Company located in Cairo Egypt but i have a serious concern.

as i have watched several vedios for your report building and i think it has lots of potential for us to use specially the arabic support, the most important thing i noticed was Report Parameters, which is great by the way.

Regarding the Report Parameters shown on the top of each report, i need to confirm the following:
1 - do they work in both windows and web vieweres ?

2 - can i right align the parameters fields and set an arabic tags for the boolean and value parameters input UI fields or not ?


thank you and wish you more and more development in your products.

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Steve
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answered on 13 Oct 2009, 08:42 AM
Hi Maged Reda,

Thank you for the kind words - much appreciated. Up to your questions:
  1. The Report Parameters are part of the Telerik Reporting API and as such they are under the command of the reporting engine. The win and web viewers are just means to display a report with its settings, so if you have created report params inside your report, those would be displayed in the viewers as well.
  2. The viewer is a standard web.control so if you have localized your aspx page, set dir attribute to the form and localized the viewer itself, it should behave as you would expect it to.

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answered on 13 Oct 2009, 09:07 AM
so basically to make sure i understand correctly,

you mean that this right to left support should be set up on the control of report viewer itself and not a report, you mean i should setup the report container to display it right to left .

am i correct or not ?

thank you very much for your prompt response.

Best Regards

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answered on 13 Oct 2009, 09:41 AM
Hi Maged Reda,

In order for the report to display Arabic characters/text, you would need to localize the report and this is explained in the following article: Localizing Reports. Setting up the dir attribute and
Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture and Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture values would take care of that.

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answered on 14 Oct 2009, 08:59 PM
dear sir,
thank you for your reply,

according to your kind answer, i can align report parameters to the right in both windows and web controls, but also according to your answer you mentioned the dir attribute which is valid only for web pages, so is it possible to align the report parameters to right ??

i am asking because this is a major requiremtn for our company, we typically develope windows applications for middle east area in Arabic language.

also does the windows report viewer supports a right to left or right to left layout , i have searched for localization samples in arabic but i couldnt find any right to left threads, only localization samples and posts of standard western - left to right posts.

sorry again for being so annoying , but i must make sure of this point.

thank you again for your kind attention
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answered on 15 Oct 2009, 09:22 AM
Hello Maged,

Unfortunately the RightToLeft property of the windows forms viewer is applied only to its toolbar and not for the parameters - sorry for misleading you in my first reply.
In this line of thoughts the same goes for the report parameter area in the web viewer, which is in fact in a separate iframe and the rtl of the form is not applied to it.
So the answer to your question is that we currently have only "partial" RTL support and I've logged this as a feature request in our TODO list.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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answered on 15 Oct 2009, 09:42 AM
Dear Steve,
thank you for your reply, unforutnetaly : this is too bad for us , as i do not think this will allow us to use telerik at the moment.

i really loved your report engine but i do not think it will be suitable for our organization for the time being, may be telerik reporting will be great when we have Pure English projects.

anyhow, thank you for your time and wish you all the success and advences in your products.

Regards
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