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                                                  • The two columns example
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                                                  • The memo field explained
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                                                  • The two columns example

                                                    9. The two columns example

                                                    The example tasksTwoColumns shows how to use Xpath to create a two columns report using a linear input XML file. The output will look like this:

                                                    It is a list of tasks organized in 2 columns, with the task name and the employee assign to the task.

                                                    The layout of the report is:

                                                    • there is a detail area which will contain 2 task name fields (2 columns). Therefore the area will need to be repeated for every second task. The Xpath to achieve this is:

                                                      ROWSET/ROW[position() mod 2 = 1]

                                                      This will select every second „ROW“ element in the XML
                                                    • In the area there are 2 TaskName field. The Xpath of the fields are:
                                                      • TASK_NAME : to select the TASK_NAME field in the current ROW node
                                                      • TASK_NAME/../following-sibling::ROW/TASK_NAME: to select the TASK_NAME field in the next ROW after the currently selected ROW (this will be the second column)

                                                        the XPATH expression means:
                                                        • select current TASK_NAME
                                                        • use the /../ to select the parent node (the ROW node)
                                                        • following-sibling::ROW: will select the next ROW
                                                        • /TASK_NAME selects the field in the ROW