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Starting with Version 0.8.10 of the Pentaho Reporting Classic Engine, the Simple-XML fileformat and the Extended-XML fileformat have been deprecated. Although we continue to support report-definitions written in these formats, we no longer extend the fileformats to support newer features like parameters or new report-element types.

When looking at any production, managerial, financial or operational report, each displays detail data, organizes it by certain categories and specifies which pieces of data gets presented on the first page, last page or on every page. In addition, these report types can contain:

  • Analytical computations that are simple like performing subtotaling or averaging by group or complex like computing each detail line time's percentage of their group's total or highlighting line items or groups for exception reporting,
  • Objects like lines or bands to emphasize totaling or other metrics
  • Images for corporate logos or watermarks

This guide will explain:

  • The Simple-XML report definition format for a Pentaho Reporting document.
  • Report layout and object placement
  • Formatting
  • The use of functions
  • Configuration and layout

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2 Comments

  1. suggestion:

    i think for those who never programmed xml it would be helpfull, if you made for every section an image with description what is placed where!

    so it's easier to learn to design a report, when you can see what happen when!

    for me it isn't a problem because i know xml!

  2. Anonymous

    If starting with Version 0.8.10 of the Pentaho Reporting Classic Engine, the Simple-XML fileformat and the Extended-XML fileformat have been deprecated, what file format is supported?  Also, this guide explains the Simple-XML file format, where can we find information on the file format supported for version 0.8.10 and greater.