Tips & Tricks: Use Web Intelligence Relative Position like the Pros!

When creating reports in Web Intelligence it is very simple to drag and drop “blocks” of information (charts/tables) onto the report canvas, eye-ball the position and be done.

This is more than sufficient for a quick self-service report or personal analysis, but to deliver a professionally-authored look for dynamic data that remains consistent to multiple users on multiple screen sizes, you will get better results by using WebI’s Relative Position feature.

This provides a few advantages:

  1. Uniform spacing between objects
  2. A more formal visual hierarchy
  3. Dynamic positioning based on the data
  4. Common look and feel between reports (Reporting standards are part of your BICC , right?!)

Quick How To:

  1. Right click on the block*
  2. Select Align…
  3. Select Relative Position…

* Note: You can also reach the Layout tab in the table or chart format panel in the Report Elements tab. In the Position subtab, click Align.

Select Layout under the Global Area

I like to use consistent spacing (try to keep to simple increments for easier maintenance). There are a number of options for how the relative position works, play around with these different options to see the impact. For example: Make position relative to another object, then if the object changes size due to more data this object will move but keep the consistent padding.

Want to get more out of your WebI tool? Check out our blog on Geo Mapping or visit our Web Intelligence page.

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