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I have recently gotten involved with SQL Server Reporting Services. I have been shocked at how many features and functions seem to be missing. The biggest of these is the lack of support for css stylesheets. If you notice I said stylesheets, not stylesheet. There needs to be support for both a html viewer stylesheet and a printer stylesheet. The first RDL I created looked great on screen. It wasn't until I printed it that I realized it was spread across 14 pages. Luckily I just had a lot of whitespace so it wasn't too bad, but it still spread across two sheets. I then fixed the report RDL so that it prints well, and now I have a bunch of whitespace on the screen.
This leads me to my next point, why are the column widths fixed. I would like to have the ability to say that I have 10 columns and each of them are 10%. Then just let IE (and others) format it to match the screen size. 
Another reason I mentioned two stylesheets earlier is a simple one. We have customers who want shading on their headers when they view it, but they don't want to waste the toner printing the dark bar at the top of each report. 
Am I the only one complaining about this problem.  Am I missing something?   Hopefully someone is listening that can make a difference here.
Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 9:53 PM SSRS | Back to top

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I agree. SSRS stylesheets are terrible to work with.
Left by TN on Apr 24, 2008 10:25 AM

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