Edit Filter Control Dialog Box Properties
You can use the Edit Filter Control dialog box to edit a filter control in a report. This topic describes the properties in the dialog box.
You can only select Text List as the type of the filter control.
Select the fields you want to bind to the filter control from the list. All the selected fields should be of the same data type. You cannot bind the uncomparable data type fields to a single filter control, such as Binary, Blob, Clob, Longvarchar, Longvarbinary, and Varbinary.
The common usage is to select one field, and then based on the field to filter the data of the components created on the same data source as the selected field.
To filter components using different data sources, choose a common field all the data sources contain and select the field in all the data sources one by one.
Customize Initial Values
By default, Server applies all the values of the selected fields in the filter control. You can select this option to customize the value list.
- Fetch Data
Select to open the Fetch Data dialog box to select values from the database. Server adds the selected values to the value box below.
- Value box
You can type values directly in the value box. Make sure the accuracy of their formats and values.
The value box is an editable multi-row plain text box. It supports general text editing operations including copy, paste, cut, backspace, delete, etc. You can press Enter to start a new row. Each row is a value of the user defined value list.
When you have selected Customize Initial Values but the value box is empty, Server will apply all the values of the selected fields in the filter control.
- Calendar icon
Select to specify a Date/Time value in the value box.
Link to Other Filters
Select if you want other on-screen filters that apply to the same data components as the filter control to affect the filter control. In the case of one filter using a business view and another using a query, if the business view contains the query definition, Server also interlinks the two filter controls.
- Example of other filters
- You applied Filter1 to DC1, DC2, and DC3.
- You applied Filter2 to DC1.
- You applied Filter3 to DC2.
- You applied Filter4 to DC2 and DC3.
- For Filter1, other filters are Filter2, Filter3, and Filter4.
- For Filter2, other filter is Filter1.
- For Filter3, other filters are Filter1 and Filter4.
- For Filter4, other filters are Filter1 and Filter3.
Example of different behaviors when Link to Other Filters is true and false
There are three filter controls, and they all apply to a table:
- FilterControl_Country contains the Country field and Link to Other Filters is true.
- FilterControl_City contains the City field and Link to Other Filters is true.
- FilterControl_City1 contains the City field and Link to Other Filters is false.
When you select USA in FilterControl_Country, Server grays the cities that do not belong to USA in FilterControl_City, but does not affect FilterControl_City1.
Select the components to which you want to apply the filter you create using the filter control.
Select to insert a filter control into the report.
Select to close the dialog box without saving any changes.
Select to view information about the dialog box.