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Design Considerations for Rendering

SQL Server 2000

When you create a report using Report Designer or some other tool, you create an XML representation of the report called a report definition.

The report definition uses Report Definition Language, an XML schema created specifically for Reporting Services. This schema contains all elements of the report, including data source information, layout, and report properties. For a full description of Report Definition Language, see Report Definition Language.

Along with the report definition, you can store resources for your report. These resources can be bitmap images, documents, or any other kind of file. For more information about resources and folders, see Managing Folders.

The definition you create is stored in the report server database to be retrieved and combined with data by the Report Processor component. The Report Processor then calls a rendering extension to render the file to a specific device. The resulting report can vary from one rendering extension to the next. For example, the output from the Text rendering extension will look very different than the output from the XML rendering extension. If your reports will be processed by multiple rendering extensions, you will need to design your reports accordingly.

The following table describes design considerations for various rendering extensions.

Topic Description
Designing for HTML Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the HTML rendering extension.
Designing for Microsoft Excel Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the Excel rendering extension.
Designing for CSV Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the CSV rendering extension.
Designing for XML Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the XML rendering extension.
Designing for Image Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the Image rendering extension.
Designing for PDF Output Discusses design issues and considerations specific to the PDF rendering extension.

See Also

Designing and Creating Reports

Report Design Basics

Building Reports

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