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Re: XSL-based report engines?

Subject: Re: XSL-based report engines?
From: "David B. Bitton" <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 00:30:49 -0500
xsl reporting
Have you tried the XSL designer in the latest version of XML Spy?



David B. Bitton

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ross Lambert" <ross@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2002 2:09 PM
Subject:  XSL-based report engines?

> Fellow XSL'ers,
> I'm a near-newbie and don't know if this is the right approach or not, but
> here goes...
> I implemented a rather simple web-based XSL reporting system for my
> It works great, unfortunately now they want more. :-) They would like to
> allow customer service reps and eventually end users to be able to design
> their own reports. In the past, only the software development team could
> this (and it was all hardcoded in servlets, had to go through the formal
> process, and had to wait until formal releases to push the new code...
> yuk!).
> My system is much faster and more flexible, but it still is not end-user
> friendly. I can deploy a new report in a couple hours, but I'm happy to
> XSL code and write SQL.
> Q1: Are there any commercial report designers out there that emit XSL? If
> so, would that be the way to go? We might be able to afford to license
> something that we embed within our product.
> Q2: Another option is to let the end-users customize several existing
> templates (double-click a placeholder graphic to upload their own, etc.).
> I'd still probably have to write an SQL generator, though. Is this the
> lesser of two evils?
> All advice welcome. Thanks in advance.
> == Ross ==
> Ross W. Lambert, Senior Software Engineer
> Who's Calling, Inc.
> www.whoscalling.com
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