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Embedding Web Controls into Crystal Reports

Bringing Together HTML Controls and Crystal Reports

Every once in a while I get a chance to present in a forum or user group and show some new amazing capabilities in the product suite. Last year I had the chance to demonstrate WebElements. WebElements is a collection of Crystal functions which generate HTML.

An easy to use library of functions for Crystal Reports designers:

  • Designed by a report designer for report designers
  • Embed different kinds of controls for report consumers
  • Easily distributed as an .rpt file to other report designers
  • Small in size, less than 60k unzipped
  • Automated installation
  • Expandable and customizable and code can be shared

Since Microsoft Reporting Services provides easy to use drop-down parameters, more and more customers are asking for the ability to embed web controls into their Crystal Reports. Now with Webelements we can add radio buttons, list boxes, drop-down selectors, action buttons, etc. In fact, Jamie Wiseman, the original creator of WebElements has a lot of great samples you can download from the Business Objects Diamond Developer website.

WebElements Online Presentation

Click on the picture below to access my WebElements presentation:

INSIGHT 2006 - WebElements

I’d love to hear your feedback on WebElements.

  1. Will
    April 10th, 2008 at 07:38 | #1

    I know that you can put WebElements functions into reports without a Report Server by copy/pasting functions into your report. But how can you view them without the report server? If I just use the ReportViewer Component in ASP, it just displays the text because there is not a Pass Thru HTML for the DHTML viewer in ASP. Any help would be great. -Will

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