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Revision as of 10:22, 29 March 2007

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Global Functions - Useful JavaScript Functions (BIRT) This example does not have a Bugzilla ID all code entered on the page.


Basic JavaScript is a good language but there are significant bits of function that are not supported. This page contains examples of useful JavaScript functions that can assist with report development.

BIRT Version Compatibility

This example was built using version 2.2 M5.

Example Files

Rather than enter these examples as functions. Each example is just pasted here in the code.

Creating Global Functions

In order for these functions to be globally accessible the function needs to be added as a global. The recommended procedure here is to use the reportContext.setPersistentGlobalVariable(name, value) function. So lets imagine that we want to create a global logging function. We would want to add the following code to any Script handler that has access to the reportContext.

function log ( str ){


reportContext.setPersistentGlobalVariable("log", log);

From that point forward, any other expression or script can access logging by just calling log("message");

The most logical place to add the creation of your global functions is the initialize method of the Report component (the top component in the outline view). Alternately, you may want to add the function to a template.

The following is the collection of useful global functions.


UCWord (upper case first letter)

Sometimes you want to be able to have just the first letter of word capitalized, at the start of a sentence for example. This function does that for you.

function UCWord(str){

// split string
firstChar = str.substring(0,1);
remainChar = str.substring(1);

// convert case
firstChar = firstChar.toUpperCase();
remainChar = remainChar.toLowerCase();

return firstChar + remainChar


// Make function globally available reportContext.setPersistentGlobalVariable("UCWord", UCWord);

UCWord("ALLCAPS"); = gives => Allcaps
UCWord("alllower"); = gives => Alllower
UCWord("MiXeDuP"); = gives => Mixedup


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