Overview

The Character Comb control displays text so that each character is printed in an individual cell.

To add a Character Comb to the report, drag the Character Comb item from the Toolbox onto the report’s area.

The number of cells displayed by the control in Print Preview depends on the Can Shrink and Auto Width settings.

  • If both these properties are enabled, the number of cells corresponds to the number of characters in the control’s text.
  • Otherwise, the number of cells corresponds to the specified cell size and the control size.
See the Content Layout and Position section to learn more on using these properties.

You can also adjust the character comb’s size to match its characters using the Fit Bounds To Text command in the Actions category:

  • If the Word Wrap option is enabled, the command keeps control content displayed in multiple lines. It decreases the control’s height and adjusts the width to fit this content.
  • If the Word Wrap option is disabled, the command adjusts the control’s height and width to completely display the control’s content in a single line. As a result, the number of cells corresponds to the number of characters.

When exporting this control to third-party formats, consider the following

  • When a report is exported to an XLS or XLSX file, the cells of the Character Comb correspond to the cells of a resulting Excel sheet.
  • When a report is exported to a CSV (or TXT) file, the content of individual cells is separated (or spaced) by a specified Separator character.

In most aspects, the Character Comb is similar to the Label control from which it inherits most of its properties and its basic behavior. For general information about binding these controls to data and display summary function results, see the Label topic. To learn about Character Comb specifics, see the following sections in this document.

Main Options

The following properties are specific to the Character Comb control:

  • Cell Vertical Spacing and Cell Horizontal Spacing
    Specify the spacing between adjacent cells (measured in report units). These values do not depend on the specified border width of a control.
    The following image illustrates a Character Comb with Cell Vertical Spacing set to 15 and Cell Horizontal Spacing set to 5.
  • Border Width
    Specifies the width of cell borders in pixels, as a floating point value.

    When the cell spacing is set to zero, the borders of adjacent cells are merged (i.e., the actual border width is not doubled).
    The following images illustrate how cell spacing affects the Border Width property behavior:

    When the control’s content is to be printed on multiple pages, a page break horizontally splits the cell border based on the cell spacing setting, as shown below.
  • Cell Size Mode
    Specifies whether or not the cell size should depend on the current font size of a control. The following cell size modes are supported:

Custom
The cell size is determined by the Cell Height and Cell Width property values and does not depend on the assigned font size.

With this setting, the actual cell size is less than the specified Cell Height and CellWidth by the Border Width value.

Auto Size
The cell size depends on the current font size of a control (the Cell Height and Cell Width properties are ignored).
With this setting, the actual cell size does not depend on the specified border width of a control.

Auto Height
Only the cell height depends on the current font size of a control (the Cell Height property is ignored), and the Cell Width value is specified manually.
With this setting, the following behavior is expected:

- The actual cell height does not depend on the specified border width of a control.
- The actual cell width is the difference between the specified Cell Width and Border Width values.

Auto Width
Only the cell width depends on the current font size of a control (the Сell Width property is ignored), and Cell Height value is specified manually.
With this setting, the following behavior is expected:

- The actual cell width does not depend on the specified border width of a control.
- The actual cell height is the difference between the specified Cell Height and Border Width values.

Content Layout and Position

This section describes the Character Comb properties that affect the control’s position on a page and content layout.

The following image illustrates the behavior of the Auto Width property that specifies whether or not the width of a control depends on its text. Expand the Actions or Behavior category to specify this property.

The following image illustrates the behavior of the Can Shrink property that specifies whether or not the height of a control depends on its text. Expand the Actions or Behavior category to specify this property.

The Text Alignment property specifies the alignment of text within a control. Expand the Appearance category to specify this property.

Last modified: Aug 22, 2019

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