Defining Header Data

The header data of a form consist of Administration data and Basic settings.

The Administration data include Administration information and Language attributes.

Before entering other header data,

  1. Define the paragraph formats of the form.
  2. Define the character formats of the form.
  3. Return to the header and complete it.

Completing the Header Data After Defining the Attributes

  1. Choose Goto ® Header.
  2. The Change Form Header screen appears.

    The Basic data include the groups Set up page and Default values for text formatting.

    – In the group Set up page, set defaults such as page format and page orientation.

    – In the group Default values for text formatting, set a default paragraph, default font, and so on.

  3. Enter values in accordance with the guidelines. The fields Tab stop, Page format, Orientation, Lines/inch, and Characters/inch are assigned default values by the system.
  4. Enter the format of the pages in the header data of the form. This format can be taken from the spool administration table using the transaction SPAD.

The system always uses these values defined in the form header if no other values are specified for the paragraph and character format definition.

To activate the form, you must enter the First page and the Default paragraph as Basic settings.

Passing Data to an External Program

In the R/3 system, you can flag a form for external printing. If a form is not explicitly flagged for external printing, the system uses application-dependent settings from Customizing.

To flag a form for external printing

  1. Choose Tools ® Word processing ® Forms.
  2. In the header data, choose Attributes ® Miscellaneous.

In the lower part of the screen, you can now set a flag for passing data to an external program. The flag in the form then determines whether to print via the Raw Data Interface (RDI) or not. To overrule this setting, use the function module OPEN_FORM (see Raw Data Interface).