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I'm building reports and dashboard interface for customer use that should eventually serve many users with many different screens and different resulutions.

I build the report with ssrs-2008 tool. This tool has a major issue - it doesn't use pixels to calculate the screen size, instead it uses points. This means that different users see the reports in different sizes.

My question is how can I minimize the effects of the resolution issues in my reports? Especially when displaying charts and tables.

  • Is this for the web or native application? – obelia Jan 25 '13 at 18:40
  • sorry for not mention it , this is for web browsers (IE, Chrome and FF) – Gil Peretz Jan 25 '13 at 19:05
  • Are the report interactive -- with click events for drill down? Or can you render the report as a PDF and have their pdf reader deal with it. – drawtheweb Jan 25 '13 at 22:35
  • The reports are usually interactive. with icons and clicks. the common reports are tables and charts – Gil Peretz Jan 26 '13 at 7:26
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At the end of the day, someone with a 1920px widescreen is going to see more than a someone with 1280px of horizontal space. I presume one objective is to minimize the amount of horizontal scroll users have to perform. So here's a couple of things that come to mind:

  • Re-order the columns by importance/relevance to the user.
  • Allow users to re-arrange columns as they see fit.
  • Anticipate the data and wrap text where appropriate.

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