Chapter 15 Creating Database Forms and Reports Introduction Forms Reports
Form A Form is a custom-designed screen for entering new records into, or displaying existing records from a database table.
Structure of a Form 1.Heading section at the top. 2.Detail section, usually the largest section, displays record information. 3.Navigation bar at the bottom.
Advantages of a Form 1.Deters accidentally replacing data in a record. 2.All information of a record may be on one form. 3.Customized presentation for the task at hand.
Subforms A Subform is a form within a form – a display of data that is related to the information in the main form.
Some Advantages of Subforms The ability to display subordinate information related to the information in the main form. A subform can be used for data entry in the same manner as the regular form.
Guidelines for Creating Professional Database Forms – Slide 1 1.Plan before you program. 2.The completed form should fit on one screen. 3.Avoid garish colors and unusual fonts.
Guidelines for Creating Professional Database Forms – Slide 2 4.Make sure all labels appear completely in the finished form. 5.Provide explanations to assist users in data entry tasks. 6.Not all the input data in a form must use textbooks.
Guidelines for Creating Professional Database Forms – Slide 3 7.Stretch or shrink textbooks to accommodate field sizes. 8.Follow manual forms if they are currently used for data input. 9.Group like items together.
Reports 1.Database reports provide custom information to database users. 2.Reports can be simple documents or highly complex outputs that combine information from several tables. 3.Reports are strictly outputs and do not allow users to input data.
A Typical Report Has 1.report heading, 2.page heading, 3.group heading, 4.detail or body, 5.group footer, 6.page footer, and 7.report footer.
Guidelines for Creating Professional Database Reports – Slide 1 1.Plan before you program. 2.The completed report should fit on standard-size paper. 3.Avoid garish colors and unusual fonts.
Guidelines for Creating Professional Database Reports – Slide 2 4.Minimize the vertical space used for a report’s detail lines. 5.Use proper naming conventions and name reports systematically.
Concluding Remarks about Reports It appears that hard-copy reports will be with us for some time. You can modify the underlying queries for reports that further restrict what is printed on them. Forms and reports are related in many of the formatting techniques.
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