Sort Band Header

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This band is used to print a header above a group. Let's examine a real world situation for using a sort band header.

 

Let's use a mailing list as an example. Your organization has members all over the United States in each of the fifty states. When your mailing list prints you want the output to be nicely formatted with a title above each state to be make locating people in a specific state very quick and easy. An example output without a group header may resemble:

 

 AL    Bob McKinley  

 AL    Chuck Connors

 AL    David Spinley

 AZ    Alan Sockworth

 AZ    Frank Sputz

 AZ    Henry Rollins

 

And an example output with a fancy sort band header:

 ____________

 State: AL

 ____________

                 AL    Bob McKinley  

                 AL    Chuck Connors

                 AL    David Spinley

 ____________

 State: AZ

 ____________

                 AZ    Alan Sockworth

                 AZ    Frank Sputz

                 AZ    Henry Rollins

 

Obviously a group header can be as simple or fancy as required. Different font types and colors can be used to help separate groups of data as needed. Aside from being far more visually appealing for the user, they also aid in locating data that is grouped together much more efficiently.

 

A group header can contain a mixture of text and database field information. Use the frame characteristics dialogue box to help you build the group header. The above example frame contents would resemble:

 

Setting a group header

 

The actual report band would resemble:

 

Group header in a report band