Support for bidirectional languages
Bidirectional languages are supported for reports produced in HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Excel. IBM Cognos Active Report also supports bidirectional languages.
Enabling bidirectional support
To enable support for bidirectional languages when a report is run, in the IBM Cognos Analytics portal, users must open their Update profile and settings page and select the Bidirectional language support check box.
To enable support for bidirectional languages when a report is run from Cognos Analytics - Reporting, select the Enable bidirectional support check box in the Run options window.
Base text direction
Base text direction sets the text direction as left-to-right or right-to-left. You can specify the base text direction for any text object in a report. You specify the base text direction for text by clicking the Direction & justification property for the text or for the object that contains the text, such as a list column.
A contextual option also exists in the Direction & justification property that sets the text direction based on the first letter in the text.
For compound objects that contain text, you specify the base text direction of the text contained in the object by clicking the Contained text direction property for the object. Examples of compound objects are charts, prompts, and active reports.
Digit shaping allows users to consume reports with numbers that they can read after they select the content language in the Cognos Analytics portal. You can specify digit shaping at the following levels:
- Container (except for charts and maps)
You specify digit shaping for an object by clicking the Data format property for the object. To specify digit shaping at the report level, click the report property Data formats.
Container direction sets the direction of container objects in a report as left to right or right to left. You specify container direction for an object by clicking the Direction & justification property for the object.