Localizing Reports

You can adapt reports to global audiences by localizing input controls and field names:

Input controls – The server supports multi-lingual prompts and static lists of values in reports.
Field names – The server supports multi-lingual field names in reports.

A $Rexpression that you write in the report design triggers linguistic changes in the report output for different locales. Each $R expression refers to a name-value pair (your translations) in a resource bundle. A resource bundle file is a text file that has a .properties extension. You create a resource bundle in iReport or a text editor. You set the base name of the resource bundle in the header of the JRXML file:

<jasperReport name=”StoreSales” pageWidth=”595” pageHeight=”842” columnWidth=”515” 
leftMargin=”40” rightMargin=”40” topMargin=”50” bottomMargin=”50” 

For example, simpleTable is the base name of the resource bundle file for this report. If you prefer using a graphical user interface to coding in XML, use Jaspersoft iReport Designer to set the base name of the resource bundle.