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Detail Report Band for Master Detail Reports

The Detail Report band is a type of band used to incorporate one report into another in master-detail reports. It is quite different from the Detail band, since it holds the whole detail report in a master-detail report layout, and therefore can contain other types of bands within it.

There can be an unlimited number of Detail Report bands nested inside one another.

To add a Detail Report band, use the Context Menu. If the bound data source contains a data relationship, the submenu will contain an item with its name. Otherwise, add an unbound detail report and specify its data binding options later.

In the Property Grid, the properties of this band are divided into the following groups.

1. Appearance

  • Background Colour
    Specifies the background colour for the controls contained within the band. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.
  • Borders, Border Colour and Border Width 
    Specify border settings for the controls contained within the band.
  • Font
    Specifies the font settings for the controls contained within the band. Some of these settings are available in the Formatting Toolbar
  • Foreground Colour
    Specifies the text colour for the controls contained within the band. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.
  • Formatting Rules
    Invokes the Formatting Rules Editor, allowing you to choose which rules should be applied to the band during report generation, and define the precedence of the applied rules.
  • Padding 
    Specifies indent values which are used to render the contents of the controls contained within the band.
  • Text Alignment
    Allows you to change the text alignment of the controls contained within the band. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.

2. Behavior

  • Level
    Specifies the order of several Detail Report Band objects in a report. It allows the reordering of different Detail Report Bands at the same level of master-detail relationships. The lower the level number, the closer the band is to the Detail band.
  • Page Break
    Use this property if the current report design requires that the band's section should be separated from previous sections or follow-ups. Specify the Before the Band or After the Band values to insert a page break before or after the current band. In many cases, this property may be used instead of the Page Break control.
  • Print when Data Source is Empty
    Specifies whether the band should be printed if its data source is empty.
  • Scripts 
    This property contains events which you can handle with the required scripts.
  • Visible 
    Specifies whether the band should be visible in print preview.

3. Data

  • Data Adapter
    Determines a Detail Report Band's data adapter that provides the detail data for the report.
  • Data Member
    Determines a name of the data relationship established within the bound data source.
  • Data Source
    Determines the data source that provides the detail data for the report. If this property isn't defined, the detail report gets data from the master report's data source.
  • Filter String
    Allows you to invoke the Filter String Editor, which is intended to easily define a filtering condition for a detail report's data.
  • Tag 
    This property allows you to add some additional information to the band, for example its ID, by which it can then be accessible via scripts.
  • XML Data Path
    Allows you to define a path to the data contained in an XML file. The data contained in the file will then be used as the Detail Report Bands data source. In this case, the Data Member property will specify the bound list in the XML data source.

4. Design

  • Name
    Determines a bands name, by which it can be accessed in the Report Explorer, Property Grid or via scripts.
  • Detail Print Count
    Specifies how many times the Detail band should be printed when a data source is defined for the subreport, and it is not empty.
  • Detail Print Count when Data Source is Empty
    Specifies how many times the Detail band should be printed when no data source is defined for the subreport.

5. Structure

  • Bands
    Allows you to invoke the Report Editor intended to manage and customize the report's bands.

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