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Answering prompts on a report

Any report can contain prompts. A prompt is a question presented to the user who runs the report. Depending on the answers the user provides, the report brings back and displays different data from the data source.

The mechanics of answering a prompt differ depending on the type of prompt you are answering. Prompts can be divided into the following groups, based on what is required to answer them:

  • Prompts that request you to select items from a list, to define the data that you want to see on the report. (These include attribute element prompts and object prompts). To answer a prompt by selecting answers from a list, see Answering a prompt from a list.

  • Prompts that request you to type in specific values or text to search for, such as a specific date, a number, or a word. (These are value prompts). To answer a prompt by typing a specific value, see Answering a prompt with a value.

  • Prompts that request you to form a more complex statement of the data you want to see displayed on the report. When you define a statement, you are creating a filter for the report. This group of prompts can be divided into two subsets:

    • Prompts for which you create a filter based on an attribute (a business concept). (These include hierarchy prompts and attribute prompts). To answer a prompt by defining a filter based on an attribute, see Answering a prompt with an attribute filter.

    • Prompts for which you create a filter based on a metric (a calculation of business data). (These are metric qualification prompts). To answer a prompt by defining a filter based on a metric calculation, see Answering a prompt with a metric filter.

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