General Data Selection

Characteristics and characteristic values

You specify the characteristics and characteristic values which should apply for the entire form using the function Edit ® General data selection ® Display/Change or by double-clicking on the word Form. For example, if you want the form to be used to report on one fiscal year, you can enter this fiscal year here. The characteristics you define in the general data selection can then no longer be used to define rows or columns.

You should always use the function General data selection when defining a characteristic that should apply for all rows and columns of the form. This is easier than defining the characteristic separately for each element, and leads to better response times when you execute the final report.

Row and column formulas

The function Gen. data selection ® Formula: row or column handles conflicts which arise when the definition of a cell consists of both a row formula and a column formula. If you want the cell to contain the result of the row formula, choose Use row formula. This choice will be indicated on the screen by an arrow: ç. If you want to use the column formula, choose Use column formula. The system will indicate this with the arrow é. The choice you make using this function applies for the entire form.

You can also make the same setting for individual cells using the function Edit ® Element ® Formula: row or column. This setting overrides the setting made under Gen. data selection for that particular cell only.

If you want to change the setting for a single cell, you can do so simply by double-clicking on the cell.

In addition to these two options, you can also choose No formula.

Since the system always uses the setting which was last made, you can use this option to reverse the previous setting.