Applying External Cascading Style Sheet Formatting

How to:

You can apply external cascading style sheet (CSS) formatting to:

We recommend that when you use an external cascading style sheet to format a report, you do not also use a WebFOCUS StyleSheet to specify the report formatting, unless you also generate an internal cascading style sheet. For more information, see Combining an External CSS With Other Formatting Methods.

Syntax: How to Use the CLASS Attribute to Apply CSS Formatting

To apply an external cascading style sheet (CSS) class to a report component, use the following syntax in a WebFOCUS StyleSheet declaration

TYPE = type, [subtype,] CLASS = classname, [when,] [link,] $



Identifies the report component to which you are applying the class formatting. For tabular and free-form reports, it can be any component, as described in Identifying a Report Component in a WebFOCUS StyleSheet. You cannot specify a component of a graph report: to format a graph's heading and footing, and the background color and background image of the page in which the graph appears, use a rule for the BODY element without a WebFOCUS StyleSheet declaration.

Each report component can be formatted by one class. If you specify several classes for a report component:

  1. The classes that are in declarations with conditional formatting are evaluated first. For each cell in the report component, the first class whose condition is satisfied by the cell row is assigned to the cell.
  2. If none of the conditions is satisfied, or if there are no conditional declarations, the class in the first unconditional declaration is assigned to the report component. All following declarations for that component are ignored.

Is an optional attribute and value needed to completely specify some kinds of report components. For example, COLUMN and a column identifier are needed to specify a particular report column.


Is the name of the cascading style sheet class whose formatting you are applying to the report component. You can assign the same class to multiple report components.

Class names can be up to 511 characters and are case-sensitive: you must use the same case found in the class rule in the external cascading style sheet. (Note, however, that some web browsers may not enforce case sensitivity.)


Is an optional WHEN attribute and value. Supply this if you want to apply the formatting conditionally. For more information, see Formatting Reports: An Overview.


Is an optional FOCEXEC, URL, or JAVASCRIPT attribute and value. Supply this if you want to link the report component to another resource, such as a report to which the user can drill down. For more information, see Linking a Report to Other Resources.