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Rich TextBox in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008

I'm attending a session about SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 where I've seen one of the mostly wanted missing features of previous versions of Reporting Services: it is the Rich TextBox component, that can embed placeholders to compose text with data producing reports for contracts and documentation.

The RDL still maintain a complete separation between text and data (and formatting!) so it is a nightmare to write by hand (but I don't know anyone designing reports in RDL) but very good for a report designer to manage. Some more issue if you already have your own format for a "mail merge" text, because you have to parse your text and covert it into a more structured RDL, but it shouldn't be so hard to do.

Published Thursday, June 7, 2007 7:32 PM by Marco Russo (SQLBI)
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margle said:

how do I add this rich textbox to my toolbox in ssrs 2008?

August 12, 2010 11:30 AM

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said:

In SSRS 2008 any textbox is potentially a rich textbox. Just edit text into it from the graphical editor. Then, if you need to understand internal structure, take a look at generated RDL file.

August 12, 2010 4:24 PM

SoLaR said:

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said nonsence.

just tried this second to enter any RTF data in Report in VS2008 no success so


June 3, 2011 9:11 AM

Marco Russo (SQLBI) said:

The problem is that the internal format is a special XML one, is not RTF.

June 4, 2011 5:49 AM

SamPL said:

<quote>The problem is that the internal format is a special XML one, is not RTF.</quote>

Then its not RTF support.

July 25, 2013 9:12 AM
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About Marco Russo (SQLBI)

Marco Russo is a consultant, writer and trainer specialized in Business Intelligence with Microsoft technologies. He runs the SQLBI.COM website, which is dedicated to distribute resources useful for BI developers, like Integration Services components, Analysis Services models, tools, technical information and so on. Marco is certified as MCT, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSA, MCSE+I.

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