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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Cognos Analytics
Components Reporting
Created by Guest
Created on May 17, 2022

Enable datatype information when converting Query Studio reports

When using the "Convert to report" option to convert Query Studio reports to Report Studio/editor, data items do not contain the XML tags required for several reporting options to function properly, namely filtering and inserting a calculation with the affected data item; the latter is completely missing from the toolbar. The missing code is XMLAttributes, setting values for dataType and dataUsage.

Using the Filter option in the toolbar, the user only sees "Remove all filters", "Edit Filters", and "Insert filter text"; they do not get the options to Include or Exclude nulls and "Create Custom Filter". The latter option is beneficial to users who prefer the filtering wizard over directly modifying or creating a filter.

At the moment, there are two workarounds that a user can perform:

  • Find the item they want to filter on in the package, add it to the report, delete the non-working item, rename the new item (as "1" is appended to the end of the name), and then gain access to the missing options

  • Recreate the report

A more advanced method is to have an experienced report developer directly modify the XML code, so long as they know what values to add for the tags. But at that point, it's easier to have a developer assist the user with adding the affected items or rewriting the report.

With the number of Query Studio legacy reports potentially out there, this could cause issues for those who were expecting the convert option to give them the ability to use all of the functionality provided in Report Studio/editor with their Query Studio reports. My company alone has a large number of users who frequently use Query Studio and are now being asked to convert their reports in anticipation of Internet Explorer's retirement; Chrome and Edge are not compatible with Query Studio. We've already been contacted by several users who have identified the missing filter and calculation options, with some questioning the push to convert their reports.

Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)
  • Admin
    Rachel Su
    Sep 26, 2022

    This is not currently on our roadmap. However we will continue monitoring this request through public voting and adjust the status accordingly if needed.