Creating a View from a Domain

Like Topics and OLAP connections, administrators and data analysts create Domains for reuse to simplify access to data during view design. Domains give view makers more flexibility than Topics in choosing fields from the database and allow filtering of the data before it is included in a view and the subsequent report.

A view based on a Domain can prompt the user for input that determines what data is presented. For example, if a Domain includes all sales data for a company, the view can present detailed information grouped by postal code and prompt the user to select the geographic area, such as a US state. The view displays only the pertinent information.

For a more complete description of how to create Domains, see Example of Creating a Domain.

To begin creating create a basic view from a Domain:

1. On the Home page, click Create > Ad Hoc View. The Data Chooser wizard opens.
2. Click Domains. The list of the available domains appears.

Simple Domain Selected in the Ad Hoc Sources Dialog

A description of the selected Domain appears at the bottom of the Domains tab.

3. Select the domain you want to use.
4. Click Choose Data. The Data Chooser opens to the Select Fields page.

You are now ready to configure your data using the Data Chooser Wizard.