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HTML Report: How to Develop it Efficiently?

What is the HTML Report?

Let’s start with HTML. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is the standard markup language for Web pages. Simply, it is a series of tags that unify the formatting of a jumbled web resource, such as text, animation, sounds, tables, links, and so on. HTML Report can be defined as using HTML language to make reports on the web or the reports generated by HTML report generators.



The Benefits of HTML Report?

There are many advantages of HTML reports:

  • The network standards of HTML are open.
  • The reports can be used across platforms and display well on different screen sizes, from PCs to tablets or phones. 
  • The reports support real-time updates.


How to Develop HTML Reports?

There are two ways to develop HTML reports. One is using coding language: CSS+HTML, the other is leveraging HTML report generators. 



CSS+HTML 

To make the web page layout in a table-like structure reports, you only need to use the styles like display: table and display: table-cell in CSS. 

use CSS+HTML to generate report

For more complicated reports, the CSS styles do not support those features, so you need to use <table> elements to help column and row spanning. 

The basic structure is:

<table>

<tr>

<th>…</th>

</tr>

<tr>

<td>…</td>

</tr>

</table>



Pros:

1.Flexible reports layout

By using CSS+HTML, you can design the layout of the report in any style you like. The report style is more varied and customizable. 

2. Help to make consistent changes

CSS helps build a consistent framework that Web designers can apply across all the sites they build. Imagine that you have to change the styles of all your reports, with a single style sheet, you can ensure that the changes look uniform on all the pages.  



Cons:

1.Require high technical skills

On a fundamental level, CSS is not difficult to learn. But because CSS is so detailed, it becomes progressively more difficult and takes time to master. Especially when you need to develop advanced HTML reports such as dynamic reports or adding printing functions.

2.Cross-browser issues

For developers, it is easy to implement initial CSS changes on a website. However, after the changes have been made, CSS may get messy on the other browsers. It can be frustrating to use a feature and discover that it is not supported or performs differently across browsers.



HTML Report Generator 

Here, take FineReport as an example, which is an HTML report generator based on the self-developed HTML5 chart technology.

FineReport provides a user-friendly interface for users to generate HTML reports via drag and drop. Besides, different systems are developed by different languages, including HTML, ASP, JSP, PHP, etc. If you want to embed the report into these pages, we need to parse HTML. 

HTML report generator

FineReport applies HTML parser, which avoids HTML display issues and realizes HTML parsing when exporting PDF, Excel, and Word.



Pros:

1. Support multiple data sources

FineReport supports all mainstream databases and data sources. You can combine and connect to these data sources by a few clicks.

2.Easy to design reports display well on different screen sizes

FineReport supports creating reports that display well on different screen sizes, from PCs to TV screens. It supports mobile reporting on mobile devices such as phones or tablets. You can adjust the size of the report in the designer to adapt to the screen size.

display html report on TV screens

3. Support integrating with multiple business systems and apps

FineReport provides open APIs to integrate with multiple business systems to combine and extract the data from these systems to generate comprehensive reports. You can also integrate FineReport with apps such as Line so that you can share reports except exporting reports into PDF, Word, or Excel.

4. Impressive self-developed HTML5 charts

FineReport provides 19 categories and over 50 styles of HTML5 charts, with 3D and dynamic effects. These charts are self-developed, avoiding the inconvenience of using intellectual property, services, and documents brought by third-party plug-ins.

HTML5 chart

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Cons: 

1.Need to pay for use

Most of the HTML report generator is commercial. The cost varies depending on the number of concurrent users and features.

FineReport offers both free and commercial users. The personal version is free for personal users, without the time and features limits, and supports two concurrent users. 



HTML Report Examples 

Here are some HTML report examples covering different industries.

Note: these templates are built in the FineReport designer, you can download FineReport to use these templates for free. 



Sales Report



Financial Report



Profit Report



Income Report



Purchase Report



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