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XML Report Definitions

It is often necessary to apply the same change, such as changing a logo or a report's logic, to a large, existing set of reports. This requirement is especially critical in service hosting environments where you want your customer to get the report in their preferred layout using their corporate color scheme and logo. To achieve this result, you would normally have to create different versions of the same report for each customer. And, if you make changes to the base report, you would have to modify each and every custom version.

OracleAS Reports Services allows you to put these changes into an XML definition and then either apply these at runtime or create different reports in batch out of one single master report. This technology also allows your users to customize reports themselves. From changing boilerplate objects to storing the whole report definition in the XML file, everything is possible.

This functionality represents a new way of custom service hosting. Now you can easily provide your customer with reports fitting their look-and-feel while still minimizing your costs for maintenance and extensibility.

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