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#1 Chris Mackenzie

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:44 PM

p4 takes a new page on reaching the number of lines defined in the cycle definition.  If you want to use a footer you need to deduct the number of lines in the footer from the space available in the pagelen defintion.

 

i.e. use the default PAGELEN=56

 

Header is 4 lines

p4 will print the header and 52 lines of data then take a new page

 

without changing the pagelength (and why should you - isn't it a constant) add in a footer of 2 lines and p4 will still take a new page after 52 lines then it will print the footer - like this:

PageLen=56

H=4 lines

then 52 lines of data then a new page

then Footer with 2 lines then next header starts

 

Therefore the page len needs adjusted to be the space minus the footer length

PageLen=54

H=4 lines

then 50 lines of data

then Footer with 2 lines then a new page

 

Does anyone remember if it used to be smarter and add the footer rows into the count like it does with the header - like this:

 

PageLen=56

H=4 lines

then 50 lines of data

then Footer with 2 lines then a new page

 

 

Its a long time ago but I used to write a LOT of complicated financial reports and I am sure footers used to be taken into account but since at least V7 they haef not been - can anyone test in an older version?

 

 


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