Inserting Documents Dynamically
You can insert contents of outer documents to your reports dynamically using
doc tags. A
doc tag denotes a placeholder within a template for a document to be inserted during run time.
Syntax of a
doc tag is defined as follows:
And simply call the assembler method to generate report like following code snippets:
doctag can be used almost anywhere in a template document except textboxes and charts.
An expression declared within a
doc tag is used by the assembler to load a document to be inserted during runtime. The expression must return a value of one of the following types:
- A byte array containing document data
- An InputStream instance able to read document data
- An instance of the
- A string containing a document URI, path, or Base64-encoded document data
While building a report, an expression declared within a
doc tag is evaluated and its result is used to load a document which content replaces the
doc tag then.
doctag returns a stream object, then the stream is closed by the assembler as soon as a corresponding document is loaded.
By default, while inserting content of an outer document, the engine applies corresponding styles of a template document. This makes content of a result document look more consistent. However, you can keep source formatting for content being inserted by using a
sourceStyles switch as shown in the following snippet:
<<doc [document_expression] -sourceStyles>>
By default, a document being inserted is not checked against template syntax and is not populated with data. However, you can enable this by using a
build switch as follows.
<<doc [document_expression] -build>>
build switch is used, the assembler treats a document being inserted as a template that can access the following data available at the scope of a corresponding