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0.4.9 - Nov 21 2006

New features:

- The function isNumericType() was moved from PHPReportMaker.php to

- Now we have three events on the COLs: ONCLICK, ONMOUSEOVER and ONMOUSEOUT. 
  We can have some cool effects using those events. The effects can be applied
  on the ROWs also using the parentNode JavaScript property. Some samples:

  Changing the background when the mouse is over the COL:

		<COL ONMOUSEOVER="'#FF0000';" TYPE="FIELD">myfield</COL>

  Changing the background when the mouse is clicked on the COL:

		<COL ONCLICK="'#FF0000';" TYPE="FIELD">myfield</COL>

  Using a function to invert the COL background when clicking. First, the
  JavaScript function:

	function invertBackground(o){
		var er = /yellow/i; = er.test("transparent":"yellow";

  Now the XML:

		<COL ONCLICK="invert(this);" TYPE="FIELD">myfield</COL>

  We can use the DOM to make some effects on the ROW also (not needing to
  create the same event handlers for ROWs), just changing the object to the
  parent node of the COL (ROW!):

	function invertBackground(o){
		var er = /yellow/i; = er.test("transparent":"yellow";

  This will select all the ROW where the COL is.	

- Included a sales.sql with sample data for you who don't want to type some
  data for testing. You can create the sample table and data like this:

  mysql -u taq -p -D phpreports < sales.sql

  Please don't ask me to create the database for you also. ;-)

- Created the concept of input plugins, that deal with your SQL query and
create a new one, sending it to the report. With this kind of thing the first
input plugin created was a crosstab plugin where you can define some columns
as your static columns and another one to create dynamic columns with its
value and show the report using an automatic template. More about this on the PDF manual.

Bugs fixed:

- There was a bug when closing the page, now fixed. When you have a certain
number of lines the page was closed twice.

0.4.8 - Aug 16 2006

New features:

- When using templates the numeric data columns are right aligned now.

- GROUPs COLs HEADERs are set to a 'bold' CSS class when using templates.

Bugs fixed:

- There was an error on db_array.php on the line count. Fixed. Thanks to 
  Alexey for warning me!

- There was an error on db_array.php db_columnType method. I forgot a "_" char
  there. Thanks again to Alexey!

- Seems that some <xsl:param name="language"/> was breaking some stuff on
  PHP4. I was using this with language features, but not anymore, so I removed 
  it. Thanks to for St�phane Riff warning me!

- The GROUPs HEADERs were not repeating on each page break. Fixed.

- The template HEADERs are now capitalized correctly.

0.4.7 - Jun 21 2006

New features:

- Added a new interface for PHP5 and Oracle.

- We can now use templates files to create our reports. For example, we can
  have a file with fixed page HEADER and FOOTER, some logo etc. and just
  tell what GROUPing info we need, with a XML string like the XML file or
  with some PHP classes and code (more expensive but can help if you want
  to create it dinamically).

- There is a new "database" interface, db_array.php, where you can send the
  report values as a multidimensional array (check the file for an example).

- The TABLEs elements have now an id which allow manipulation of the report pages
  using DOM.

- The error messages can now be translated. There is a new class called 
  PHPReportsErrorTr() where you can translate the messages to your language.
  English and Brazilian Portuguese are already there. You can use 
  <report object>->setLanguage(<language code>) to set your language.

- Added again the FORM element (there was a guy crazy about it! ;-)

- DATE and DATETIME data types added on the grouping functions.

- There is a setBody(<boolean>) method on the PHPReportMaker object now where
  you can configure to print or not the <HTML><HEAD><BODY></BODY></HEAD></HTML> 
  tags or just the report data.

Bugs fixed:

- XHTML element does not show its tag on the result HTML file.
  Thanks to David Sowers for the tip!

0.4.6 - Dec 08 2005

Bugs fixed:

- LINKs can handle HTML special chars now.
- PHPReport.dtd fixed on the LINKs element.

0.4.5 - Nov 04 2005

Bugs fixed:

- There was a bug with PHPReportPreview.xsl and PHP5. Fixed now.

New features:

- LINKs elements now can render an IMG element inside.

- IMGs can have an explicit border of 0px (thanks to Tiago Gava for the tip).

0.4.4 - Oct 26 2005

Bugs fixed:

- GROUPs were not reseting it's values when the GROUP breaks. So COL's with
SUPPRESS="TRUE" where not showing it's values when the values were the same as
the previous GROUP.

New features:

- Automatic GROUP NAMEs are provided now. Not a mandatory attribute anymore.

- There's a new function on the PHPReportMaker object: getBenchmark(<id>),
  where <id> can be a string key to some benchmarks done while creating the
  report, returning the timestamp of the event, like:
  report_start		- when the report started
  report_end		- when the report ended
  sql_start			- when the sql query started
  sql_end			- when the sql query ended
  code_start		- when the code generation started
  code_end			- when the code generation ended
  code_eval_start	- when the code evaluation started
  code_eval_end	- when the code evaluation ended
  output_start		- when the output (to a file or screen) started
  output_end		- when the output ended
  If you don't request an id, the full array is returned.
  You can use this to make some benchmarks and see what is happening inside
  the report creation and perhaps make things works faster.

  You can use like this, AFTER $oRpt->run():
  $aBench = $oRpt->getBenchmark();
  foreach($aBench as $k=>$v)
     print "$k on $v<br/>";

  For example, if you'd like to know on how many seconds your report was created, 
  you can use:

  $aBench = $oRpt->getBenchmark();
  $iSec   = $aBench["report_end"]-$aBench["report_start"];
  print "Your report was created on $iSec seconds.";

0.4.3 - Oct 05 2005

New features:

- Added the COL setPageNum(<n>) and resetPageNum() methods.

- Added the CMD element, where you can use PHP code to eval() like a COL, 
  but with no output on the report. For example, when opening a new 
  group that needs the page always as 1, you can use

  on the group HEADER.
  Please take care of the commands you put there. They can be all 
  kind of stuff eval() accepts!
  Hope it works for you, covi. :-)

Bugs fixed:

- No more LINK's are created if there is an empty string on its values.
  This will avoid some empty <a href=""></a>. Thanks to Marcelo Reimberg
  for his suggestion.

0.4.2 - Jul 15 2005

Bugs fixed:

- Seems that on some recent versions of PHP5.x there was some changes on  
  the way you can play with $this. You can check
  for more about this. 
  To fix this, I removed some *very old* code that refers to some vars,
  $oValue and $header. Those vars were used on some old versions, so if you
  have some reference to them on your XML report layout files, you can safely
  change it to $this. For example, $oValue->getValue("NAME") or
  $header->getValue("NAME") to $this->getValue("NAME"). They were used to
  refer to values on the HEADER but I fixed it later.

  Thanks for Mark Baker for warning me about that. :-)

0.4.1 - Jun 29 2005

New features:

- Added setPageSize(size) and getPageSize() on the PHPReportMaker object.
  Now you can specify the page size using code like
		$oRpt = new PHPReportMaker();	// new report object
		$oRpt->setPageSize(30);			// 30 lines page
  for example. This method overrides the XML value.
  Thanks to Gladyston Pereira Batista for this suggestion. :-)
0.4.0 - Jun 21 2005

Bugs fixed:

- Seems that self:: does not work very good on PHP 4.3.x. On the
  internal calls of the PHPReportsDBI creates a silent error there.
  I changed just two files: db_mssql.php and db_mysql.php.
  Thanks to Trevor Lohrbeer for warning me about that! :-)

0.3.9 - Jun 03 2005

New features:

- Added a new way to reuse your XML data using PHP5. Thanks to 
  Andy from Xtreme-software. Now you can use XIncludes to insert
  XML files insert your XML report file, as:

	<REPORT xmlns:xi="">
			<xi:include href="header.xml"/>
			<xi:include href="footer.xml"/>

	Please notice the XML namespace declaration needed on the REPORT
	element to allow that.

Bugs fixed:

- As I changed the database interfaces on the previous release some stuff
  was a little broken. Thanks to Andy again for warning me.
0.3.8 - May 23 2005

New features:

- I added a "namespace" on the database interface files, so now if you
  have a function on your code named like for example "db_connect" it will
  not conflict with PHPReportDBI::db_connect. Please if you have some problem
  on your database interface because of this change, revert to the old version
  and contact me ASAP telling me what interface you're using and what error
  you got.

Bugs fixed:

- Fixed the way PHPReports check the paths on OSX. Thanks to Martin Loitzl!

- Seems that there was some problems about page breaking in some Windows/IE. 
  I changed the code the way Martin Loitzl told me on
  I hope everything runs fine there now.

0.3.7 - March 3 2005

New features:

- Using NUMBERFORMAT or NUMBERFORMATEX caused null or empty values be shown
  as 0. Now just if the value is numeric or there is an implicit %s on the
  NUMBERFORMAT string, they are converted.

- Using -1 as PAGE SIZE gives you unlimited page size. It will just ends when
  the report ends.

- Added the attribute CLASS to PAGE.  

- Added NO_DATA_FUNC, where you can specify a function to be called if no data
  is returned from your query. It takes precedence over NO_DATA_MSG. You can
  use like:
  You can send parameters to your func, but if you send strings, please escape
  it with ' as
  <NO_DATA_FUNC>myfunc('report name',1,2,3)</NO_DATA_FUNC>

- If you want not to use ISO-8859-1 encoding, there is a encoding_change
  script that can change all the encodings for you. Unpack the package, go
  to the its root directory and call
  encoding_change <your_encoding_here>

- Added a TSV output plugin, thanks to Patrice W.!  

- Added a CSV output plugin.  

Bugs fixed:

- When using the TXT output plugin, there was a chr(160) on the empty space of
  suppressed fields. I change it to the normal empty space char.

0.3.6 - January 7 2005

New features:

- I added a new type of COL type: RAW_EXPRESSION.
  Let me explain what it does. On 0.3.5 I fixed a bug regarding some HTML
  special chars on the query result using the htmlspecialchars function (see
  bellow). But sometimes we need the result without this kind of processing.
  So using COL TYPE="RAW_EXPRESSION" will avoid the use of the
  htmlspecialchars function and allow you to get the result "as is".
  It's useful to insert some XHTML dynamic code into your report.
  Check more about it on the PDF manual, "Inserting code (XHTML/PHP) into your COL".

Bugs fixed:

- There was a bug on the Interbase/Firebird interface, when using for example a query like

  select FIELD as MY_FIELD from table

  it will not retrieve the value of MY_FIELD as a valid FIELD.
  Interbase/Firebird sees it as an alias, which is right, but if you do not
  refer to it as an alias on the PHP code it will not get the value (I did not
  see this kind of behaviour on another DBMS's, but if you find it please tell
  Thanks to Luis "Gugui" Gustavo for that.

- Now the HTML result have a DOCTYPE inside: -//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN
  This fixes, for example, empty TDs that didn't show it's borders.

- Just to make sure that some browsers (you know who) will render empty
  TD's, I just replaced the return of SUPPRESSED fields/expression from 
  "" to   (XML empty space entity).

- When you have a DOCUMENT HEADER, it was printed AFTER the PAGE HEADER, 
  but now it's fixed. Thanks for Mario Bertoni for warning me about that.
  Hey Mario, you just delayed this version for some minutes ehehe. :-)

- On PHPReportGroup.php, row 584, there is some commented code about 
  printing the DOCUMENT FOOTER after the PAGE FOOTER, on the end of the
  report. If you want to give a try there, give me your impressions.
  Maybe on the future we can add a new layer just for printing the 
  PAGE number and stuff like that. 
0.3.5 - November 25 2004

New features:

- Now you can reuse an existing database connection on your report. 
  Just use the new setDatabaseConnection(<connection handle>) on your
  PHPReportMaker object:

  $oCon = <code to open your connection here>;
  $oRpt = new PHPReportMaker();
  $oRpt->setDatabaseConnection($oCon);	// new code :-)
  // make your adjustments on the report object

  Thanks again to Matthew Palmer for his patch! :-)

- Bugs fixed

  There was a bug on the EXPRESSIONs where if there was some kind of
  char like & returned from the database, it gives an error there.
  I just fixed it the same way that works for FIELDs COLs, with a
  htmlspecialchars() function.

0.3.4 - September 30 2004

Today is Isabella's 10 months old birthday. :-) Congratulations to my little cute
daughter, the best thing that happened to my life. :-) 

New features:

- Added a CELLCLASSEXPRESSION parameter on the COL element. Now you can
  say how your COL will looks like based on a PHP expression on the same
  way you use on <COL TYPE="EXPRESSION">. For example:


- To the users of previous versions, what changed:


  The enviroment variables are gone. Yes, gone. I removed them.
  Now you don't need to use them, but you do need to tell PHP where the PHP
  classes are. You have two ways to do that. Let's suppose you installed the
  classes under /var/www/htdocs/phpreports (I have something to tell you about
  this soon), so you can:

  1) On the PHP script that calls the PHPReportMaker object, put the path in
  the include_path using ini_set (note that I'm showing how to do it on Linux,
  if you use Windows, replace the ':' char to ';'):

  2) A better way, put it on your php.ini file and restart your webserver:

  include_path=<your current include path here>:/var/www/htdocs/phpreports/

  PHPReports will check for its path under a call to ini_get("include_path"),
  breaking it on tokens (breaking with ':' or ';') and searching till find a
  phpreports reference.

  This will avoid me some trouble with people asking me how to declare
  environment variables on their operational system. Come on, dudes, you
  really need to know that! :-)


  I used to create all the temporary stuff under <phpreports_home>/tmp. Used.
  Now the temporary stuff are going to your operational system temp directory.
  On Linux, use to be /tmp, on Windows, c:\temp. Check your return of the 
  Now we only need to have a /tmp directory under your DOCUMENT_ROOT to
  make some output plugins result available as a web server URL.
  As I said above, you'll need a tmp directory where the web server can reach.
  My choice was to call it tmp and put it under DOCUMENT_ROOT. So if your
  DOCUMENT_ROOT is /var/www/htdocs, tmp will be /var/www/htdocs/tmp/.
  This is needed for the bookmarks and page output plugins to write their
  temporary files with the contents that needs to be reached via your web
  server address bar.  


  Matthew Palmer gave me some light that we can store PHPReports OUT of the 
  web server path. For example:

  will avoid some people trying to find your PHPReport installation using for

  No problem with that, but they will know that you have PHPReports installed
  and can try to find some more things about your reports there. I don't see
  a clear way to mess things up but you know, if there's a way to we improve
  some security, let's do it. You still can store your PHPReport classes under
  your web server directory, but it's your choice. As with your XML layout
  files. Put it somewhere on /usr, /opt/, /var, out of the web server scope.
  PHP will find them as filesystem regular files, but the web server will not
  see and return them with an URL on the web browser.

  And using /tmp instead of <phpreports_home>/tmp will avoid users trying to
  guess that weird temporary file names on your browser also. Just be warned
  that the bookmarks and page output plugins HTML result files will still be 
  under the  web server scope, using DOCUMENT_ROOT/tmp. You need to erase them 
  when you're sure you'll not use them anymore.

Bugs fixed:

- That first item below was buggy. I forgot the change one line there that
  avoided all the rest of what I made. Now the class name is working properly.
- There was a bug in the CSS stuff on the bookmarks and page output plugins.
  Fixed now.    

0.3.3 - September 27 2004

New features:

- Now you can change the name of the class that will be created to run the 
  report. On previous versions it was fixed as PHPReport, now you can change
  it's name using setClassName() function on the PHPReportMaker object.
  It's a good thing since you know what you're doing. :-)

  Matthew Palmer ( requested this, you can have some more samples with him.

- Created the putEnvObj() and getEnvObj() functions. Using these functions
  you can expose any kind of variable (a simple string or a class) to your
  report, making it accessible to your report. 
  This can be useful if you need external classes and variables referenced
  on your COL element. 
  Some uses are like:
  $sMyString = "this is my string";
  <COL TYPE="EXPRESSION">$this->getEnvObj("mystr");</COL>

  This will print "this is my string" there.

  A better use will be with user defined objects (btw, functions you
  defined on some file that is on the scope of the PHPReportMaker works like
  PHP functions, available for use inside your report), but to maximize it's
  potential you must use PHP5. On PHP5 it will looks like this:

  $oClass = new MyUserDefinedClass();
  <COL TYPE="EXPRESSION">$this->getEnvObj("myclass")->myFunction()</COL>

  Using PHP4 this will not work because it can't reference the object returned
  by the function and the function inside that object.
  Check about that on "Dereferencing objects returned from functions" here:

  Keith Willis ( suggested this. He have a cool sample
  of what can be done with this kind of objects.
Bugs fixed:

- Fixed PEAR db interface - thanks to Matthew Palmer.

- Fixed setNoDataMsg() function - thanks to Keith Willis for warning me.

0.3.2 - September 03 2004

I hate when this happens. I just release a new version and some bugs appears ehehe.

On 0.3.1 there was two bugs:

1- On the new CSS media chooser, if you didn't put any media, it should 
	default to "screen" and "print", but was just inserting the "screen" media, 
	so your reports was really beautiful on the screen but sucked when 
	printed. :-) Because there was no "print" media there, and it didn't use any
	CSS file. Now it's ok, if you don't provide a MEDIA="<media here>" tag 
	(as on LOTS of old XML report layout files), it will assume that you want 
	to use the CSS on both types and will work correctly.

2- The setOutput from the PHPReportMaker was overriding the 
	PHPReportOutputObject, even if it's null. So if you put a 
	$oOut->setOutput(<file>) on your report output plugin it was never going 
	to a file, and was showing on the screen. Now it works.

0.3.1 - September 03 2004

Thanks to Luis Gustavo "Gugui" and Keith Willis for help, suggestions and
debugging. :-)

New features:

- New CSS elements features. Now you have put more than one CSS reference on
  your report, specifying the destination media if you want to. This is very
  good if you want to show your report with a lot of colors on the screen and
  when printing turns it to black and white. This is done like that:

  <CSS MEDIA="screen">my_full_color_file.css</CSS>
  <CSS MEDIA="print">few_colors_file.css</CSS>

  When printing, the browser will use the second file.

  More about this here:

  And don't worry, the saved reports will work. :-)

- Increased the number of parameters to 10. On previous versions you was just
  allowed to use 5 parameters.  

- Help files added. Now when some error occurs and is trapped, we can put a
  link to a help file explaining what the error is about and trying to give
  some tips on how to fix it.  

Bugs fixed:

- A possible bug was fixed, about the last page break.

- There was a bug on the PHPReportMaker, if there was an output plugin it was
  not calling the setOutput(<file>) function, when needs to send your report
  to a file and not to the screen.
- Removed all the ini_set commands. On Windows it was causing some problems,
  and I removed it and changed to use realpath() function with PHPREPORTSFILE.
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