Standard and Legacy Formatting

New releases of WebFOCUS often introduce improved ways of formatting reports. Some of these new features are advances over earlier features that performed similar formatting, but with fewer options or less functionality. The new feature becomes the standard, and the earlier one is then considered a "legacy" feature.

When you create a new application and have a choice between using a standard or a legacy feature, we encourage you to use the standard feature. When you are maintaining an earlier application that incorporates a legacy feature, you may choose to retain the legacy feature to save time, or to convert the application to the standard feature in order to leverage its new functionality.

As an example of the difference between standard and legacy formatting, consider the standard and legacy methods of laying out a report on a page: