Package net.sf.jasperreports.components.list

Contains classes for the built-in List component.

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Package net.sf.jasperreports.components.list Description

Contains classes for the built-in List component.

A list component is a report element that iterates on a set of records and renders a cell for each record.

The data for a list is obtained via a subdataset defined in the report. The list component includes a <datasetRun> JRXML element (equivalent to a JRDatasetRun at the API level), which contains information required to instantiate a report subdataset. A data source object can be sent to the subdataset, or, when the subdataset embeds a query, connection parameters and query parameters can be provided. The subdataset is instantiated when the list component is evaluated and it iterates through the records it produces.

The list cell consists of a report element which will be rendered for each record in the dataset. This element can be a frame which nests several elements. The list cell is evaluated in the context of the subdataset, therefore expressions used by the elements can only refer to parameters, fields and variables which are defined in the subdataset. Also, delayed evaluation times will not work for elements in the list cells because the elements are not evaluated in the context of the main report dataset.
The cell width is the same as the defined width of the component element; the height is given by an attribute of the list. The contents of the cell must fit within the width and height of the cell.

When iterating on the dataset records, the list component renders cells vertically in a single column if printOrder is Vertical, or it renders cells side by side, in a single row, if the printOrder attribute is set to Horizontal. For horizontally filled lists, the row breaking behavior is controlled by the ignoreWidth attribute, which either forces a row break when list width limit is reached, or lets the cells stretch beyond the list declared width limit. The list cell height is used as the column's minimum height. If the space remaining at the bottom of the page is less than the cell height, a column/page overflow is triggered and the list continues rendering on a new column/page.
The height of the list component element itself can be greater than the list cell height. The list element height is used as minimum height of the entire list, that is, the list will not start rendering unless the space remaining on the page is at least the height of the element.

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