Document Viewer's Client-Side API
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The ASPxWebDocumentViewer control provides an advanced client-side API in addition to the comprehensive server-side object model. This enables web applications based on this control to function more efficiently using a combination of server-side and client-side processing. The ASPxClientWebDocumentViewer is this control's client-side equivalent.
Although the entire client API is available on the client side, we recommend that you only use the documented public client-side API for any custom client functionality. The undocumented API can be changed or removed without any notifications, and applications using this API can stop working correctly after upgrading to a newer reporting controls version.
The client-side API of the Web Document Viewer allows you to perform the following actions:
Open and Close Reports
Use the following methods to open and close reports in the Document Viewer:
Method Description OpenReport Opens the specified report on the Web Document Viewer's client side. Close Closes the document which is currently opened in the Web Document Viewer.
Print and Export Reports
The methods below allow you to print an entire report or its current page and export it to one of the supported third-party formats.
Method Description Prints the current document or the document page with the specified index. ExportTo Exports the current document to the specified file format.
The following API allows you to build report documents and respond to loading documents to the Document Viewer:
Method / Event Description StartBuild Starts building a report document. DocumentReady Occurs after the Web Document Viewer loads a report document.
Navigate Through a Report
You can navigate through a report using the following methods:
Method Description GoToPage Displays the specified report page. GetCurrentPageIndex Returns the current page's zero-based index.
The events below allow you to respond to clicking a report area and changing editing field values:
Event Description PreviewClick Occurs when the left mouse button is clicked on a report document. EditingFieldChanged Occurs each time an editing field's value changes.
Use the following method to provide a drill-through functionality to a report:
Method Description DrillThrough Enables navigation between drill-through reports on the client-side.
Customize Parameter Editors
The following events allow you to provide custom editors for report parameters and/or customize look-up parameter values:
Event Description CustomizeParameterEditors Occurs each time a standard editor is created for a report parameter based on a parameter type. CustomizeParameterLookUpSource Occurs each time a look-up editor is created for a report parameter.
Respond to Resetting and Submitting Parameters
The API listed below allows you to reset and change parameter values.
Event / Method Description ParametersReset Occurs after report parameter values are reset to their default values. ParametersSubmitted Occurs after report parameter values are submitted. ResetParameters Resets the report parameter values to the default values.
Customize Document Viewer Elements and Actions
The events below allow you to customize UI elements, toolbar actions and export options:
Event Description CustomizeElements Allows you to customize the Web Document Viewer's UI elements. CustomizeMenuActions Enables you to customize the Web Document Viewer's menu actions. CustomizeExportOptions Allows you to customize the Web Document Viewer's available export formats and corresponding export options.
Localize the Document Viewer
Use the following API to substitute specific localization strings with custom ones programmatically:
Event / Method Description CustomizeLocalization Enables you to customize the Web Document Viewer's localization strings. UpdateLocalization Updates the Web Document Viewer properties' localization settings.
Respond to Server-Side Errors
Use the following event to perform the required actions when a server-side error occurs:
Event Description OnServerError Occurs on the client each time a server-side error raises.
Initialize the Document Viewer
Handle the following event to perform the required actions before the Web Document Viewer's UI initialization:
Event Description BeforeRender Occurs before the Web Document Viewer UI is initialized.
Obtain Client-Side Models and Report Preview
The following methods allow you to obtain client-side models of the Document Viewer and report parameters as well as actual report preview:
Method Description GetPreviewModel Provides access to the Document Viewer's client-side model. GetParametersModel Provide access to the report parameters' client-side model. GetReportPreview Provides access to the report preview.
Available Enumerators' Values
In specific client-side events' handlers, you can obtain the required elements by their IDs using the dedicated constants.
Use the following values to access the existing toolbar commands in the CustomizeMenuActions event:
|FirstPage||The First Page toolbar button.|
|PrevPage||The Previous Page toolbar button.|
|Pagination||The drop-down list that navigates to the selected page.|
|NextPage||The Next Page toolbar button.|
|LastPage||The Last Page toolbar button.|
|MultipageToggle||The Toggle Multipage Mode toolbar button.|
|HighlightEditingFields||The Highlight Editing Fields toolbar button.|
|ZoomOut||The Zoom Out toolbar button.|
|ZoomSelector||The drop-down list with available zoom factors.|
|ZoomIn||The Zoom In toolbar button.|
|The Print toolbar button.|
|PrintPage||The Print Page toolbar button.|
|ExportTo||The Export To toolbar button.|
|Search||The Search toolbar button.|
In the CustomizeElements event handler, use the DevExpress.Report.Preview.PreviewElements object's values listed below:
|RightPanel||The panel at the right of the Viewer and containing tabs with the Document Map, Parameters and Export Options.|
|Surface||The Viewer's central part displaying the report document.|
|Toolbar||The Document Viewer's Toolbar.|