For each of the different Printed Fields sections, you may choose from one of three print layout formats, each of which has particular requirements. For example, the Group 1 Header fields may simply need to be printed in a continuous line, whereas a columnar format is required for the Detail Section.
This option takes all of the fields which have been inserted in the Printed Fields section, and using the field width set for each field, prints them across the page in tabular form, one line per record.
With this format, any line breaks or page breaks inserted in the Printed Fields section will be ignored.
This format would be used when there are only a few fields in the Printed Fields section, or all the fields are able to fit across the page.
It is the format that is assigned by default to the Printed Fields of the Detail Section, as shown here.
This option is the most compact of the three available. It prints the fields in the Printed Fields section continuously, one immediately after the other, on the same line, wrapping around to the next if they do not fit on the one line.
If you have ticked the Space between fields box, each printed field will be separated from the next by a single space.
This option, with the Space between fields checkbox ticked, is the default format for all Group Header and Group Footer Printed Fields sections.
In the sample print out shown to the right, all of the headings use this format.
The Print continuous fields option ignores the field width and the alignment settings of the individual fields in the particular Printed Fields section. Each field is printed strictly in accordance with the length of the text found in it, and the printed text is always left-justified.
Therefore this option is very compact and would be useful for archival purposes, in particular.
Line breaks may be inserted in this layout option so that, instead of it printing continuously, one record after the other, each begins on a new line.
|•||Print continuous fields in columns|
The last Print layout option will print the data across the page in equal-sized columns, based on the number of columns you have inserted in the Columns across the page box.
Generally, the number of columns across the page should be a multiple of the number of fields in the Printed Fields section. For example, if printing students’ non-comment results, using just the assessment item code and entered result for each, a multiple of two would be used.
An example of this format is shown below, where 10 columns are printing across the page, allowing five sets of assessment item codes and results to print per line.
The field width and alignment settings of any fields in the Printed Fields section will be ignored by this layout option. The columns will be automatically sized in order to fit equally across the page and will be printed left-justified within these columns.
If any data does not fit into the column, it will continue to be printed across columns until fully printed, with the next field beginning in the next available column.
Line and page breaks entered in this format will be inserted into the print out.