Export to MS Word without grid

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  1. Dario Concilio
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    Posted 20 Mar Link to this post

    Hi to all,

    I export to MS Word from a Report. This report is a quote document. Users show me a problem to manipulate simply the exported document in MS Word.

    This problem is caused by rendering all TextBox (of report) into a grid layout of word. But where there is not a value, it not generates a cell.

    User can't write into "ghost cell".

    Can I void to generate MS Word using grid?

  2. Answer
    Katia
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    Posted 22 Mar Link to this post

    Hello Dario,

    Thank you for your feedback! Our Word rendering extension uses Word tables to create a report layout. It causes inconvenience for some of our users and we have a request in our Feedback portal for changing the current rendering mechanisms - Easier editing of reports exported to Word format. In the comments, my colleague has explained the design decision:

    "we are forced to use tables to layout the Word document as this is the best option to achieve absolute positioning in this rendering format. The primary layout of any word processing product (like Word) is the flow layout, where each line is stacked after the previous following the paradigms of line height, paragraph, etc. But the reporting products (most of them) have absolute positioning for each item thus need to find some way of decent representation in a so popular format like Word. In RTF we also support the so-called "frames" mode, which are basically absolutely positioned boxes of content, but this also does not provide a good way of further editing. 
    What we can do is investigate why there is no easy way to write a paragraph before or after a paragraph. We will consider this a bug and will notify here when it gets researched/resolved.
    We can also consider the use of TextBox-es as an alternative to tables, like in RTF."

    Currently, there is no option to avoid Word tables when exporting the report. I recommend giving your vote for the above request as it helps us to see the demand for the features and plan them accordingly. Any additional feedback you can provide in the comments to this request (additional problems when editing Word documents, expected behavior) will be very appreciated.


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    Katia
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  3. Dario Concilio
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    Posted 29 Mar in reply to Katia Link to this post

    I see all.

    I would like to add a consideration. Users report to me the problem of adding text. The real problem is that if they write inside a generated table cell, the cell height does not increase.

    it would be enough to solve this problem.

     

  4. Katia
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    Posted 30 Mar Link to this post

    Hi Dario,

    Thank you, this feedback is noted as well! We'll take it into consideration when doing the research.

    Regards,
    Katia
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