XML support in the Report painter

InfoMaker supports both the export and import of XML in reports using XML template objects. You construct XML templates for export and import graphically in the Export/Import Template view for XML. Each template you create is encapsulated in the report. A template enables you to specify the XML logical structure of how the row data iterates inside the root element of the XML document.

Export templates

An XML export template lets you customize the XML that is generated.

You can specify optional XML and document type declarations that precede the root element in the exported XML, as well as the logical structure and nesting level of iterative report row data inside the root element. The children of the root element can contain elements, character references, and processing instructions as well as the row data, using explicit markup. For more information, see Header and Detail sections.

If the exported XML is used by different applications or processes, you can define a separate export template for each use.

Import templates

You need to create an import template if you want to import data that does not match the report column definition or is associated with a schema, or if you want to import attribute values.

Only the mapping of column names to element and attribute names is used for import. All other information in the template is ignored.