1. George Mikhailovsky
  2. PowerServer Web
  3. Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:15 PM

Dear friends,

I work with PB 12.6 and Appeon 2015 that I use fro deploying web version of my application. This application has composite DataWindows with a few sub-reports. Some of them have New Page property checked to start respective sub-report from a new  page. Everything works fine in Client/Server version. But this doesn't work in its web version: all the data are displayed properly but page breaks existed in Client/Server version disappear in browser (my client uses IE). 
Did anybody have such problem  and is this a bug that will be (or already) fixed in PB 2017?

Thank you,




Govinda Lopez @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 7 February 2018 01:23 AM
  2. PowerServer Web
  3. # 1

Hi George,


Maybe this can answer your question:


Composite DataWindow


Nested reports in a Composite DataWindow


Nested reports that are of the following presentation styles can be added into the Composite DataWindow, and the Web Composite DataWindow is implemented in XML:












Placing reports in the Group band is supported.

Placing Group reports in any DataWindow band is supported.

The following is an Appeon enhanced feature (which is not available in PowerBuilder):

In Appeon, you can use the GetChild function to get the reference of the nested report in the Composite DataWindow or the nested DataWindow, and then use the DataWindow Create function to dynamically create the nested report via the DataWindow syntax; but using PBSELECT statement to create DataWindows is unsupported, you need to use the SQL SELECT statement. In PowerBuilder, you cannot use GetChild to get a reference to a report in a Composite DataWindow when the report itself is a Composite or nested DataWindow.

Therefore, if you originally use the following code to dynamically create the nested report (Appeon does not support the following code, as the DataObject cannot be deployed via PowerServer Toolkit), you can try to work it around using the above feature.

Original code:

ls_dwsyntax = dw_1.Describe("DataWindow.Syntax")
rtncode = LibraryImport("c:\pb\dwTemp.pbl", "d_emp", ImportDataWindow!, ls_dwsyntax, ErrorBuffer )
dw_composite.Modify("dw_report.DataObject='d_emp' ")

Workaround code:

DataWindowChild dwc_report
l_rtn = dw_composite.GetChild("dw_report ", dwc_report)
ls_dwsyntax = dw_1.Describe("DataWindow.Syntax")
dwc_report.dynamic create (ls_dwsyntax, error_create)

Retrieval arguments


Retrieval arguments of the nested report is supported in the composite DataWindow.

Row-scrolling functions


Calling the following DataWindow functions in nested reports is unsupported:







Performance differences between PowerBuilder and PowerServer Mobile


In PowerServer Mobile, if the Y property of a nested report is negative, the header band of the nested report overlaps the detail band.

In PowerServer Mobile, if the Trail_Footer property of a nested report control is set to True, the footer band of the nested report will be displayed after the summary band. If the Trail_Footer property is set to False, the footer band will always be displayed at the bottom of current DataWindow band.

In PowerServer Mobile, if the content in a Composite DataWindow cannot be displayed in one page horizontally, it will be displayed on a separate page.

In PowerServer Mobile, if you want to do a data retrieval for the Composite DataWindow, a transaction object always needs to be set.

If the Visible property of a nested report is dynamically changed from TRUE to FALSE, the nested report is counted as visible in PowerBuilder, but invisible In PowerServer Mobile, when the Composite DataWindow breaks pages or counts the height of the detail band.

The NewPage property will have effect in all DataWindow bands In PowerServer Mobile. However, it can only have effect in the detail band in PowerBuilder.

In the Detail band, the Height.Autosize property cannot be changed by using the Modify function.

In PowerBuilder, if the Summary band cannot be displayed within one page, the last row of the detail band and the whole summary band will be displayed in the next new page. However, In PowerServer Mobile, the summary band that cannot be fully displayed within the rest space of the page will be ignored.

If the width of the content of a nested CrossTab DataWindow cannot be displayed within the report control, the exceeding content will be ignored in PowerServer Mobile.



Hi Govinda,

Thank you very much for provided information. My reports are tabular, and I placed them into Detail band. Nonetheless, it looks like NewPage property is not supported in this case.

Best regards,



  1. George Mikhailovsky
  2. Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:01 AM
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