Issue with the Cross-section Item

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Sam
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Sam asked on 04 Jan 2022, 06:07 PM

While the introduction of Cross-section Items have made it possible for me to create simple invoice-style reports, it currently has a limitation that keeps it from being used for more complex reports.

Specifically, the following limitation prevents this functionality from being used when each invoice/group item might require different line visibility/length:

The Cross-section item uses the report's data context and cannot be evaluated against detail or group data. The processing engine produces a single instance per each Cross-section item in the report definition, therefore its style or visibility cannot be changed based on data fields.

 

Are there currently any plans to remove this limitation in the near future?

Ivan Hristov
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commented on 05 Jan 2022, 05:06 PM

Hi Sam,

You are right - the current implementation of the Cross-Section item evaluates it against the report's data context by design. As you've noticed, the engine creates only one instance of the Cross-section item and draws it throughout the report sections while the pages are produced. 

If I understand the scenario correctly, you would like to have different styling applied to the Cross-section item over the different sections it passes. Although we haven't considered such scenario and our immediate plans do not include changing the item's behavior, this feature seems useful and would improve the capabilities of our product.

We will be thankful if you spare some time to describe roughly an example use-case and the desired behavior of the Cross-section item in a new item in our Feedback and Ideas portal. This way the other users will be able to vote for the feature, include additional cases and ultimately help us with the prioritization and implementation of the feature. Logging the feedback item in the portal will also allow you to be automatically notified about any change of its status from our end.

Regards,

Ivan Hristov

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