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Web Intelligence documents can be created, edited or consumed via three different interfaces:

  1. HTML
  2. Applet (Java)
  3. Desktop (Rich Client)

The following blog post is a feature comparison of the two web-based modes (HTML & Applet) on the latest version currently available (BI 4.1 SP03).

Select a Data Source

Data sources specific to Applet (Java): Excel, BEx & Analysis View.


Document Linking Wizard

  • HTML is the only interface that offers a “Document Linking Wizard” within the [Report Elements] tab.
  • Leveraging OpenDocument syntax is still possible in the Applet (Java) interface but must be entered manually.
  • Note: While Web Intelligence documents based on BEx must be created in Applet (Java) mode, developers can still leverage the HTML specific document linking feature by viewing a Web Intelligence/BEx report and switching to “Design” mode.


Conditional Formatting

Only Applet (Java) can create new formatting rules.


Data Source Management

Features specific to Applet (Java):

  • “Data” mode (in addition to Reading & Design).
  • Ability to add a “New data provider” directly within Design mode (Data Access > Data Providers).
  • Ability to “Change Source” directly within Design mode (Data Access > Tools).
  • Ability to Delete, Rename and Change Source within Data mode.


Number Formatting

Only Applet (Java) can apply Custom number formats.


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    1. Hans RENS

      Well, these differences seem to be quite important for report CREATORS , but for report CONSUMERS ?

      I guess the “viewers and refreshers” will not need the applet any more.

  1. Former Member

    Hi, thanks for this overview. You might want to add the fact that the Export feature is also managed differently, either through the Export option (HTML) and Save AS in the Applet version, with different layout in both situations.



  2. Former Member

    Hi, also appears that when using multi-data providers (no merged dimensions) that the hover-over display of “Cannot drop here – the object is incompatible” only displays when using Java and does not display when using HTML. Can anyone else confirm?




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