Provide Easy-to-Use BW Web Print Controls in a Drop-Down Menu

  • by Prakash Darji, Vice President and General Manager, Data Warehousing Solutions and SAP HANA Platform, SAP
  • March 1, 2005
Because some Web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) are designed to minimize the security risks, offering enhanced Web print controls is often a challenge for BW teams. Here’s a way to offer your end users a handy drop-down menu to set page orientation and margins for better-looking output.
Key Concept
By customizing the standard delivered Web template 0QUERY_TEMPLATE, new print controls can be provided that allow end users to define their own print parameters. SAP supports this type of customization with the ASAP paper “How To…Enhance Web Printing.”

End users often need to modify the format of their BW Web applications to improve the layout so it looks better when printing from the Web. In your BW 3.0B SP09 or later release, you can give them enhanced print controls via a drop-down menu that opens when users move their mouse over the print preview or printer icon on the BEx toolbar.

I’ll show how to develop this drop-down menu (Figure 1). With this print functionality, users can easily change margins to accommodate tasks like printing headers and footers on each page rather than just on page one. They can also set the number of rows and columns and insert page breaks that will be displayed on each page. Settings in the menu include different page orientations and margins as well as an option to define your own parameters.

Prakash Darji

Prakash Darji is an experienced professional with more than 10 years of end-to-end experience in enterprise software. He has a broad depth of experience including corporate strategy, sales, product management, architecture, and development. He has experience in product launch activities, including positioning, packaging, and pricing. He has delivered numerous product releases in a variety of capacities through his career. He thrives on building high-performing, scalable teams to achieve strategic deliverables, whether they close strategic sales deals, roll in product features, or roll out new releases. He is a recurring author for several publications and a speaker at SAP conferences around the world. Prakash is on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/prakashdarji.

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